Gliding through the blogosphere we bumped into the strangest thing: this “public service announcement” by arms control blogger Dan Joyner for Iranian apologist Yousaf Butt, by now well known to readers of this blog (here and here).
On the whole we’ve refrained from covering Dan Joyner – whose posts tend to be legalistic, long-winded and even convoluted (and as such probably have little or no chance of making it into the mainstream media on a regular basis). But his troubling support for the anti-IAEA crowd – as well as opposition to those who support the continued integrity of the Agency as the pillar of international efforts to reign in Iran – has not gone unnoticed by us.
For sure, Dan Joyner has done a certain service to readers by exposing Butt’s wide-ranging, coast-to-coast, behind-the-scenes efforts against the IAEA – and against continued pressure on Iran. For that we should all be grateful. Indeed, in the past few months Butt has popped up all over the place, clearly a man with a mission.
On the other hand, as someone who purports to be an arms control wonk, Dan Joyner crosses the fine line between analysis and advocacy by so overtly promoting Butt – making both him and his friend ineligible to appear in the mass media as objective sources.
Hence, in addition to his solidarity with anti-sanctions forces such as Trita Parsi and Flynt & Hillary Mann Leverett, Dan Joyner is now on record as being in bed with those who are bent on delegitimizing the IAEA – an effort, if successful, would leave a dangerous vacuum in fighting nuclear proliferation.