Yesterday was just another day in the Middle East, Obamanauts would have you believe.
Iran began fueling the core of its first nuclear reactor, but that's no big deal, they say. The Bushehr plant will be in full swing in months, but pay no heed.
Worry-warts are supposed to relax, because Russia is supplying the enriched fuel that powers its reactor. Moscow is meant to supply outside oversight.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the Bushehr arrangement as "premature" in March during a trip to Russia.
But now she can't even manage a whimper. Clinton said yesterday the US is concerned solely by hidden nuke sites.
"Iran is entitled to the peaceful use of nuclear power," she said. "They are not entitled to a nuclear-weapons program."Not only can it acquiesce, it will acquiesce ("acquiescence" being to the 2010s what "appeasement" was to the 1930s).
But Bushehr only legitimizes Iran's own enrichment activity, which is conducted deep underground and away from the prying eyes of UN nuke inspectors.
Clinton has glossed over a terrible truth: The Obama administration now considers Iran a fellow nuclear power -- one as yet unarmed, yet someday soon, perhaps, a nuclear equal, fully armed.
But the US cannot acquiesce in this -- or the whole Middle East will fall under the mullahs' sway...