Barry Rubin at Rubin Reports writing about the recent development of Brazil’s  effectively torpedoing any future stiffening of sanctions against Iran: “As I’ve previously suggested, George W. Bush’s “you’re with us or against us” had serious flaws, but Obama’s “if you’re against us we’re with you” is worse.”
NOTE: This also means that the Iranians, (if this is not a full ploy to kill any future sanctions) in fact have enough material for a nuke bomb. Believe me, the Israelis are paying close attention.

UPDATE: We’re going to keep enriching fuel anyways! HRAN, May 17 (al-Reuters) – Iran will continue its uranium enrichment activities, including production of 20 percent enriched uranium, even after signing a nuclear fuel swap deal with Turkey and Brazil on Monday, a senior official told Reuters. “There is no relation between the swap deal and our enrichment activities … We will continue our 20 percent uranium enrichment work,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation.

By Barry Rubin

Sigh! It’s just one humiliation after another for the Obama Administration. If the American mass media really added them all up the resulting list would be devastating. And now: Brazil.
Just think: Obama invited Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to the White House and praised him wildly: Obama called himself “a great admirer of the progressive, forward-looking leadership that President Lula has shown.” This is despite the fact that the Brazilian leader is as close to a Communist as you can get nowadays, has sunk his country into huge debts, and has been a major critic of the United States.
Even the New York Times reports that the Brazilian president “has challenged the United States on everything from trade and climate change to last year’s coup in Honduras to Washington’s longstanding embargo against Cuba.”
This is apparently the kind of thing you have to do to get a warm greeting and enthusiastic praise from Obama.
And then what does “Lula” do after being feted in the White House?
Naturally, he is trying to destroy U.S. efforts to raise and enforce sanctions on Iran. Lula has tried to save Iran from sanctions by putting together a phony diplomatic deal on Tehran’s terms. And guess who his partner is in trying to sabotage sanctions and help Tehran? Why that “moderate Muslim” regime in Turkey for which the Obama Administration has had so much praise!
Now Lula has just visited Tehran in person and proposed that Brazil should provide Iran with equipment and parts to modernize its oil production while Iran assists Brazil in deep-water drilling efforts in the Atlantic Ocean. Lula also said he would urge Brazilian companies to invest in Iranian refineries. There can be no doubt that Brazil will oppose sanctions in the UN.
Seems Lula is a “great admirer” of the Islamist regime.
So once again—as with Venezuela, Iran, Syria, and a lot of other countries, Obama’s efforts to suck up to radical regimes has backfired in making them more confident about defying U.S. policies and interests. At the same time, his backing, praise, and at times money has had no effect on making them more friendly to Washington.
Have you noticed that all of America’s enemies–treated so nicely by the Obama Administration–have thrown pies in its face, while none of America’s real friends–even when treated shabbily–do so? As I’ve previously suggested, George W. Bush’s “you’re with us or against us” had serious flaws, but Obama’s “if you’re against us we’re with you” is worse.

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