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The Tally Ho

Sunday, January 30, 2005

More Exporting BushCo Ideology though International Agencies

Dafna Linzer of the Washington Post writes
But with the United States proposing no other candidate, no country was willing to turn against ElBaradei, who is admired within the agency for his willingness to challenge the administration's assertions on Iraq and Iran.

That same willingness has put ElBaradei deeply at odds with the White House and has became the driving factor in the administration's efforts to replace him, officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the diplomatic sensitivities involved.

"It's on hold right now," said one U.S. policymaker who was involved in lobbying against ElBaradei. "Everyone turned us down, even the Brits."

A British official confirmed that account, saying, "We can certainly live with another ElBaradei term."

U.S. diplomats had tried to coax several people into challenging ElBaradei, including Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, but no one was willing to run against the 62-year-old Egyptian diplomat, who was asked by a majority of IAEA board members to stay on the job for five more years.

There is still hope among some U.S. officials that an Argentine nuclear specialist will agree to run, although the deadline for submissions was Dec. 31. "There's some thinking that the emergence of a new candidate could encourage members to oppose ElBaradei," another U.S. official said.

Publicly, the administration has said its efforts to replace ElBaradei are motivated solely by a desire to see U.N. executives adopt a two-term limit. But most allies have viewed the campaign as retaliation against someone who questioned U.S. intelligence on Iraq and is now moving cautiously on Iran.

The U.S. effort, led by John R. Bolton, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, included sifting through intercepts of ElBaradei's phone calls in hopes of finding material to use against him.

There have also been orchestrated leaks by unnamed U.S. or Western officials who have told reporters that Iran was secretly improving upon a weapons program and that ElBaradei was trying to hide that information from the IAEA board.

Yesterday, diplomats in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, said one of the more recent accusations -- that Iran had bought large quantities of the metal beryllium for a nuclear charge -- had proved to be unfounded.

So the US to put a neo-con at the head of the IAEA - and of course this has nothing to do with BushCo's desire to invade, or at least bomb, Iran. This is just more of the same with this White House. When I went to a lecture about HIV, foreign policy, and human rights - one of the speakers commented that the difference between old conservatives and new conservatives were that the old ones had no use for international agencies. These new ones, seeing how much power they hold, want to use every international agency they can to promote their ideology and initiatives on the rest of the world. It appears that a constant state or war and hostility mixed with ignoring the plight of most of the world is their objective.

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