Late last night, this popped into my email inbox:
"U.N. nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Friday called on the United States to provide Iran with nuclear reactors and urged Tehran to declare a moratorium on enriching uranium for at least eight years.
"ElBaradei said that amountof time would enable the country to earn the confidence of the international community that it was really interested in nuclear energy not nuclear weapons....
"However, Ivan Safranchuk, a Russian analyst, cautioned that Iran might be using the plan only to buy time as it fights to avoid potential U.N. sanctions.
"Asked for his advice to Western officials, ElBaradei said: 'You need to keep all options on the table.'
"But U.S. Sen. JohnMcCain appeared to rule out negotiations.
"'They're interested inacquiring weapons of mass destruction and dominating the Middle East,' McCain, told a panel. 'I don't know of any carrot that works.'...
"Carrot"? As in, appeasement?
The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to meet February 1-2.