The cats out of the bag, again. It clawed it’s way out once but the MSM did it’s best to stick it back into it’s sack.
The cat named Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) played a roll in prompting Libya to give up its WMD’s. But the MSM and the Democrats quickly downplayed it as the last in a chain of events that started during the Clinton Administration. Can’t give BusHitler any credit now can they?
Why? Then, and to some extent still, they both push the meme of Bush being a unilateralist and unable to play well with others. The United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Netherlands, France, Australia and Germany are among its 15 member states. Note France and Germany are members, the biggest obstructionists on the UN Security Council in the lead up to the Iraq war, yet Bush and his diplomatic team signed them up.
Bryan Preston (Junk Yard Blog, also read his current post that takes down these idiots.) in a TechCentralStation article gives a much better description of the initiative than I, here is a quick overview:
The PSI is a bit of a strange bird, neither pure military alliance nor economic consortium nor intelligence agency, though it bears some of the features of all three. There is no guarantee among PSI members to come to the defense of any other member attacked by another party, for instance, such as exists in the NATO charter. It has no operating budget or swank headquarters building, and no jet-setting General Secretary or Supreme Commander. But most of the world’s great navies — America’s, the UK’s, Japan’s, Australia’s, and Russia’s all play key roles. Many of the world’s best intelligence assets, from spy satellites to human intelligence sources to financial investigators, are devoted to working with the PSI at some level.
What those navies do under the PSI is track and board ships suspected of trafficking in weapons of mass destruction, the components or systems to build such weapons, and any parts or materials associated with such weapons, with a focus on nuclear weapons in particular. The PSI’s naval power may also have played a key role in the mass defection last fall of a swath of North Korean nuclear scientists who abandoned Pyongyang’s backward Stalinist regime and have been providing the West with details of Kim’s nuclear programs since. The details of that maneuver, dubbed Operation Weasel, have been understandably kept closely guarded for nearly a year.
I urge you to read his TCS piece. He goes on to outline PSI’s roll in Libya and it’s sister organization, The Caspian Guard, that is assisting in the nuclear standoff with North Korea.
Why bring this up now? As I said the cats out of the bag again. This time Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice let it loose.
May 31 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. and its allies in a program to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction prevented Iran from obtaining material for its nuclear weapons program within the past nine months, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said.
“The trans-shipment of material and equipment bound for ballistic missile programs in countries of concern, including Iran” was blocked as was the transfer of “equipment used to produce propellant” to a “ballistic missile program in another region” of the world, Rice said.
Rice disclosed the intercepts in a speech celebrating the second anniversary of the Proliferation Security Initiative, a global effort started by President George W. Bush to stop trafficking in weapons of mass destruction.
Rice gave no details but said that the U.S. and 10 of its partners in the initiative have cooperated on 11 successful interdiction efforts over the past nine months. Iran was the only nation interdicted that she cited by name.
I don’t expect to read too much in coming days from the MSM on this PSI success. And if you expect the Democrats to react you may as well wait for Santa to appear in Hell running an ice cream stand.
The oods are slim to none, the Proliferation Security Initiative is one of John Bolton’s accomplishments while Under Secretary of State for Arms Proliferation and International Security.
For the other side of this nuclear game of chicken read how it took the UN a month to review the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. The review ended last week with no consensus. The president of the 2005 NPT Review could only point to some progress “in the ways issues were discussed and the interest that delegations had shown in those discussions.” If I read that correctly, the UN had issues and a month later they decided on how too talk about them. And, oh joy lets save the world from nuclear winter, the delegates showed interest!
UPDATE: Kofi the Magnificent isn’t happy. He’s urging and begging heads of states to “stake out a position” on the NPT. Well duh… they have. They’ve decided to discuss how to talk about the NPT.
UPDATE II: Capt’n Ed makes a valid point: “Many people still believe that the war in Iraq provides a distraction from other (and arguably more) important global security issues. Perhaps it does for them, but the Bush administration once again appears more than capable of dealing with more than one strategy at a time.”