This article, as has been the case with other recently published articles about the so-called Iranian Nuclear Treaty, is troubling from the outset. It presumes the existence, or the imminent realization based on existing capability for developing, nuclear weapons in Iran. The truth of the matter, however, is that neither of the foregoing even is close to reality. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iran nor have there been any realistically significant efforts to develop WMD, as was the case with Iraq before its invasion as attested to by General Powel shortly before separating himself from the Bush Administration. As for reports about Russia allegedly helping Iran with such alleged endeavors, the nuclear capability of Soviet Union, from which Russia has supposedly begotten its nuclear arsenal expertise, were so amateurish in reality that its missiles missed their intended targets in practice runs by a greater distance than its space crafts missed their orbits and the moon. Besides, didn't Putin serve as a so-called double agent for USA during his days working at the Russian Embassy in Berlin while Reagan was the presiding "Commander in Chief?"
In response to the very early accusations that Iran was building facilities for production of nuclear weapons, a panel of distinguished nuclear physicists from the U.S. and western European countries publicly disputed such reports by pointing to various "machinery" and precursor components that were nowhere cited in such a reports as uncovered during the inspections leading to the initial reports. The sanctions, including trade embargoes, were imposed shortly thereafter. How could such a missing parts been snuck into Iran and by whom? Neither of the usual suspects Russia and North Korea have those parts or components. Neither can manufacture those parts under previously existing nuclear treaties. As for China, isn't its economy pretty much based on outsourcing of environmentally damaging factories by companies based in U.S. and Europe? And isn't China reinvesting its recent economic gains from "outsourcing" business in the U.S. and Western Europe?
An interview with General Powel about this treaty would be so much more interesting but I guess he is a die-hard man of military principles and would not undermine the design of his leaders, even if doing so would have redeemed him from his globally tragic blunder. Unfortunately, the other great candidate for a meaningful interview pertaining to this subject matter is not available. President Chavez died abruptly of a fast consuming cancer shortly after his appearance in Oliver Stone's documentary series known I believe as "The Untold History of The United States." Mr. Chavez had an uncanny delivery when he pointed to a factory in Venezuela's countryside as the secret "Iranian Nuclear Weapons Factory."