NYT profiles Iran’s messianic stooge

posted at 3:57 pm on September 17, 2007 by Allahpundit

Not as good as it could have been but not as bad either, particularly given the media impulse to genuflect before the Peace Prize. I’ve been writing about ElBaradei’s stoogery for Iran since our first few months in business but rarely does the press turn its attention squarely to the subject, a curious omission considering his opinion about the progress of their nuke program is the most influential on earth. If that opinion is being influenced by an agenda — and read this post from last July and this one from June and tell me it isn’t — it would seem to be relevant to the debate about when and whether a potentially cataclysmic war might be necessary, would it not?

Even some of his own staff members have become restive, questioning his leadership and what they see as his sympathy for the Iranians, according to diplomats here…

Dr. ElBaradei, who is 65, seems unfazed, even energized, by all the dissent. He alludes to a sense of destiny that has pressed him into the role of world peacemaker. He has called those who advocate war against Iran “crazies,” and in two long recent interviews described himself as a “secular pope” whose mission is to “make sure, frankly, that we do not end up killing each other.”

He added, “You meet someone in the street — and I do a lot — and someone will tell me, ‘You are doing God’s work,’ and that will keep me going for quite a while.”…

“Instead of being the head of a technical agency, whose job is to monitor these agreements, and come up with objective assessments, he has become a world policy maker, an advocate,” said Robert J. Einhorn, the State Department’s nonproliferation director from 1999 to 2001…

He has become a compulsive name-dropper, diplomats say. “He remains a shy man, but one who is somehow dazzled by his own destiny,” said one European nonproliferation official who knows him well. “He’s always saying, ‘Oh, I talked to Condi last week and she told me this,’ or ‘I was with Putin and he said this or that.’ He’s almost like a child.”

Slowly but surely he’s destroying his own credibility as an unbiased reporter of Iranian progress, which ironically will only make war more likely as western countries panic at the thought that he’s not telling them the truth and overreact. Here’s the Times’s account of a meeting between ElBaradei and representatives of the U.S., Britain, Germany, and France last month after the “pope” took it upon himself to negotiate a deal with Iran that no one asked him to negotiate.

The diplomats who marched into Dr. ElBaradei’s office the next day shredded the plan point by point.

They expressed dismay that the accord, negotiated with no diplomatic input, omitted any stipulation that Iran suspend enrichment. One envoy noted that the plan forces inspectors to ask questions on only one issue at a time, leaving the most delicate topics until the end.

There was general alarm that the document suggested treating Iran like a “routine” case, instead of a country that had lied repeatedly, and, according to some governments, harbors a secret nuclear-arms program.

Dr. ElBaradei’s response, paraphrased by a Western official, was that “all you are doing is being suspicious; the agency cannot judge Iranian intentions.”

The secular pope’s latest self-aggrandizing edict was issued just this afternoon: “We are not using a stick, we are not using a carrot, but we are trying to be impartial and objective… [If] in time of hype telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act … I will continue to be a revolutionary.” If the Times and Journal are looking for a little breather from analyzing Norman Hsu’s financial records, they might want to take a crack at ElBaradei’s. It’s hard to believe this sort of shilling is being paid for with ego dollars alone.

Meanwhile, how are those sanctions coming along? Not so good, not so good.

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I refuse to give the NYT the pleasure of signing up, and them thinking that they are somehow as important now, as they were a decade ago.

right2bright on September 17, 2007 at 4:12 PM

Anyone who thinks Dr. ElBaradei isn’t working his a$$ off to buy Iran the time they need to finish their bomb is dumber than a box full of hammers.

doriangrey on September 17, 2007 at 4:15 PM

“all you are doing is being suspicious; the agency cannot judge Iranian intentions.”

I think Hitler said the same thing…everytime he invaded a country.

I think Russia said the same thing, as the tanks were rolling down the streets of Hungary.

Let’s not judge, let’s wait until they invade or attack Israel.

Where is Golda Meir, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan?

right2bright on September 17, 2007 at 4:17 PM

This constipation is killing me, when can we drop this turd?

omnipotent on September 17, 2007 at 4:19 PM

And we supported his reelection because…? Good lord. That was a strategic error in my opinion.

This guy is trouble. And, lest we forget, this “secular pope” is actually a Muslim and has already presided over the acquisition of the first “Muslim bomb” by Pakistan, and the buildup of the Libyan nuclear program, etc.

CP on September 17, 2007 at 4:19 PM

He should run an ad.

ElBaradei- We’ll give you nukes, guaranteed.

FireFly on September 17, 2007 at 4:24 PM

I have trouble accepting the fact that the man at the UN in charge of keeping a lid on nuclear proliferation is a guy named Mohammad.

It really must be the end of the world.

jihadwatcher on September 17, 2007 at 4:35 PM

I can never decide if he’s a leftard internationalist peacenik or a taqiya spouting islamist determined to provide the means for the apocalypse. Eh, what’s the difference?

trubble on September 17, 2007 at 4:36 PM

jihadwatcher on September 17, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Born in Egypt, too.

amerpundit on September 17, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Baghdad Bob, where art thou?

Pablo on September 17, 2007 at 4:52 PM

U.N. + Iran……..El Barmyeyes is bought and paid for.

Limerick on September 17, 2007 at 4:57 PM

I have trouble accepting the fact that the man at the UN in charge of keeping a lid on nuclear proliferation is a guy named Mohammad.

It really must be the end of the world.

jihadwatcher on September 17, 2007 at 4:35 PM

It’s the most common name in the world. Haven’t you seen ‘Superbad’?

BadgerHawk on September 17, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Anyone who thinks Dr. ElBaradei isn’t working his a$$ off to buy Iran the time they need to finish their bomb is dumber than a box full of hammers.

doriangrey on September 17, 2007 at 4:15 PM

You are absolutely right. The level of incompetence here is not accident. It is by design.

conservnut on September 17, 2007 at 5:20 PM

right2bright, ever hear of bugmenot.com? You don’t have to sign up.

Meryl Yourish on September 17, 2007 at 5:36 PM

If the Times and Journal are looking for a little breather from analyzing Norman Hsu’s financial records, they might want to take a crack at ElBaradei’s. It’s hard to believe this sort of shilling is being paid for with ego dollars alone.

Seems to me the blogs should be doing this.

bnelson44 on September 17, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Whoops! Meant to click on a story about Sally Field or The View…

frankj on September 17, 2007 at 6:20 PM

It’s hard to believe this sort of shilling is being paid for with ego dollars alone.

If he were constantly referred to by his first name rather than his surname more people would quickly realise that neither ego nor money need serve as a motivation.

aengus on September 17, 2007 at 8:34 PM

He is proud to have others say he is doing Gods work. That god would be Allah I presume…what are Allahs wishes?

BL@KBIRD on September 17, 2007 at 9:38 PM

Meryl Yourish on September 17, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Thanks for the tip. I will use that in the future for some sites.

It (NYT) still registers traffic, and I just don’t want the NYT to sell ads off of my traffic.

right2bright on September 18, 2007 at 1:10 AM

This guy sounds suspiciously like Nicolae Carpathia, for those of you who have read the Left Behind series (if you haven’t, I would recommend it). Wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if “The Elders” decide to start kissing up to him. Which, of course, sets the stage for the End of Days…

jedijson on September 18, 2007 at 10:03 AM

This isn’t the “quit picking on Brittney” thread???

Seriously, why do we care what anyone from the UN thinks or Says? One hundred percent chance that it will be anti-West and anti-US.

We should withdral fromt the UN, not Iraq. The only withdral from Iraq should be in the direction of Iran.

opusrex on September 18, 2007 at 12:42 PM