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Micheal Ledeen critiques the Bush strategy; meanwhile the power struggle within Iran has the regime zigzagging over cooperation with the IAEA.

The concerted pressure by the US, the EU has been helpful in isolating Teheran on the nuclear issue- of greater practical value is the limited pullback on furthering Iran’s nuclear ambitions by Russia which has agreed to accept spent fuel from Iranian reactors. Why this is I’m not certain though one possibility is pressure from the Saudis who might not be comfortable with a nuclear armed Shiite neighbor. The Saudis could sink the Russian economy by upping their production of crude oil and thus causing Moscow’s prime source of foreign exchange to plunge ruinously.

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