Rumsfeld: (...) Everyone wants to have the Iranians as part of the world community, but they aren't yet. Therefore there's less predictability and more danger.
SPIEGEL: The US is trying to make the case in the United Nations Security Council.
Rumsfeld: I would not say that. I thought France, Germany and the UK were working on that problem.
SPIEGEL: What kind of sanctions are we talking about?
Rumsfeld: I'm not talking about sanctions. I thought you, and the U.K. and France were.
SPIEGEL: You aren't?
Rumsfeld: I'm not talking about sanctions. You've got the lead. Well, lead! (emphasis added)
This will send chills through the spines of Germany's diplomats! Lead - does that mean we have to ask uncomfortable questions to our beloved business partners? Like about that unique approach to solve Iran's stock market problems ("Iranian Economics 101: 'Hang two or three people'")?
We'd rather follow a more nuanced, more cooperative course of inaction. After all, our outgoing foreign minister Joschka Fischer had successfully convinced Iran that "nuclear energy will be used only for civilian purposes." (Schroeder on Oct. 23, 2003: "The results of their (the three EU foreign minister's ) trip demonstrate the success of a strategy of cooperation".)
Got it, Mr. Unilateral?