LA Times: Axelrod Fudges Dec. 31 Deadline on Iran for Nukes
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Despite numerous Obama overtures -- from his inviting Iranian diplomats to July 4 embassy parties to delaying and hedging the White House denunciation of Iran's deadly crackdown on democracy protesters earlier this year -- Ahmadinejad has shown no signs of compliance or interest. Indeed, Iran mocked Obama's greetings message on that country's recent religious holiday.
Obama has long proclaimed a Dec. 31 deadline for cooperation or retaliation of some unspecified kind. But Iran and, before it, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has confidently counted on years of international dithering on enforcing printed sanctions.
So naturally on ABC's "This Week" this week, George Stephanopoulos asked Obama adviser and ex-newspaper reporter David Axelrod about the approaching Obama deadline.
Axelrod started to say something about talking but checked himself and spoke instead of "consequences."
But, as often occurs in diplomatic-speak -- and politics-speak too, come to think of it -- it's what you don't say that's often more important than what you do utter.
Axelrod declined to reiterate the Dec. 31 date.
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