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What Precedent To Believe ElBaradei's IAEA Is 'The Way'?

Answer: None.

Few words are minced at The Tank on National Review Online, a reaction to IAEA Director Mohammed ElBaradei's assertion that the same IAEA that has not stopped a single aspiring nuclear weapons program is the only defense against a nuclear-armed Iran.

The buzz circulating now is that IAEA Director Mohammed ElBaradei said on al-Arabiya that Iran could be months away from producing a nuclear weapon, as noted by AllahPundit at Hot Air and Jeff Stein at Congressional Quarterly. Hot Air actually nails it in interpreting that ElBaradei is not so much making a statement about the state of the Iranian nuclear-weapons program as he is projecting himself and the IAEA as the world's only line of defense against a nuclear-armed Iran. Frankly, there is no substantiative historical reason to place faith in such a claim.

What's more, just about all analyses completely ignore Iran's pursuit of a plutonium-based weapon through external acquisition and production beyond Iran's borders and beneath the IAEA and Western international radar. With nearly ten months of scrub time, Syria is only now entertaining the idea of limited and restricted IAEA inspections of the nuclear facility destroyed by Israel last September 6.

This "only line of defense" claim comes from the same UN "nuclear watchdog" that has no enforcement mechanism and the same one that failed to detect and/or deter North Korea, India, and Pakistan from developing nuclear weapons.

This is also the same IAEA which failed to stop Saddam Hussein's domestic program, destroyed by the Israelis at Osirak. Should it be mentioned that ElBaradei and the IAEA also failed to detect and prevent or stop Saddam's outsourced program, uncovered and halted by others in Qaddafi's Libya?

The short article goes on to list more failures of the organization that is supposedly 'The Way' to stop Iran's quest. It's not a proud track record in context with insistance that the IAEA can somehow stop Iran.

ElBaradei has threatened to quit as the head of the IAEA if there are any military strikes against Iran's (domestic) nuclear facilities. While stopping short of calling for such strikes just yet, ElBaradei's exit would not be unwelcome, now or then, in this writer's humble view.