It's impossible to blame the Bush administration for the collapse of talks with Iran. It's not constructive to point out that the Bush administration invaded Iraq because of a nuclear weapons program that did not exist. But with Shia control of nuclear Iran growing cozier by the minute with Shia controlled Iraq, it might be helpful to point out that pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq could easily hasten the nuclear program they went in to dismantle in the first place.
Iran threw down the gauntlet to the west yesterday, telling UN nuclear inspectors it was preparing to resume part of its uranium enrichment programme in breach of a pact with the EU. The enrichment programme could be used to arm nuclear warheads.
It was a high-risk move that could shatter two years of negotiations with the EU, trigger an emergency meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog in Vienna, and see Tehran referred for penalties to the UN security council. Iran delivered a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency saying UN seals at a uranium conversion plant near the town of Isfahan would be removed to start turning raw uranium into a gaseous form that can then be processed into nuclear fuel.