"European powers and Russia have resisted American efforts to impose sanctions against Iran, which they see as a major trading partner," according to the New York Times. So the Iranians are being allowed to develop nuclear power because they are a major trading partner. Even though, "the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear monitoring agency, has found evidence of covert efforts, stretching back more than 18 years, to produce highly enriched uranium suitable primarily for weapons production." So, let's let them develop nuclear power. Once they have us by the balls, I wonder if Iran will still be considered a major trading partner.
The United States is always being criticized for the actions taken, but what about the Europeans and Russia? The most logical step would be to impose sanctions on Iran. We have been doing so against North Korea (not that it has been working very well, but at least we're not bombing the crap out of them). Since Europe and Russia are no longer super powers, I guess they feel they must do everything in their power to oppose the United States. The new kid on the block has more power and money than they do, and frankly they are not happy about it. Of course when we turn around and start a war with Iran, we will be looked upon as hawkish (not that we should until we're done with Afghanistan and Iraq).
I find this to be very troubling. Being divided is not going to help against terrorists or nuclear hungry countries. This is a time when all countries should work together to try to avert these kinds of situations. The truth of the matter is that everyone will be affected by this. It is not only the US's problem. Of course, the situation is always about power and money, and who has the most of it. Europe and Russia do not have as much of either one of them, and they are eager to regain it.