October Surprise: Direct Talks with Iran?

On the eve of the third and final presidential debate, which deals with foreign policy, the New York Times ran a lead story, citing unnamed Obama administration officials, that the United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Iran reportedly has insisted that its direct talks with Washington should not begin until after the U.S. presidential election on November 6 and wants to broaden the scope of the discussions beyond just the nuclear enrichment issues.

Denials from both sides quickly followed.

“It’s not true that the United States and Iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the American elections,” U.S. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi denied that any bilateral talks were in the offing. “We don’t have any discussions or negotiations with America,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told a news conference according to Reuters. “The (nuclear) talks are ongoing with the P5+1 group of nations. Other than that, we have no discussions with the United States.”

In fact, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander was quoted as bragging that the recent Hezbollah-launched drone into Israeli territory proved that “Zionists (Israelis) and Americans must know that no place is safe for them anymore.”

Could the New York Times story be simply a trial balloon by Obama administration officials to change the subject from Libya?  Although certainly a crass political maneuver, that theory would turn out to be the best scenario.  Of far more concern to the security of the United States and Israel is that there really is a deal – the October surprise that we have all been waiting for – that would trade soften sanctions for some temporary limits on Iran’s further enrichment of uranium.

A former CIA operative inside Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who goes under the pseudonym Reza Kahlili, wrote in WND that his highly placed source inside the Iranian regime told him that a deal has in fact been struck. Moreover, once Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei receives a letter from President Obama in the next few days guaranteeing the details of the agreement, there will be a public announcement made before the election. All this was reportedly worked out in a secret meeting held in Qatar earlier this month.  None other than Obama’s confidante Valerie Jarrett led the U.S. delegation, according to Kahlili’s Iranian source.

No European countries were reportedly involved in this meeting. Israel, which has the most to lose if the Iranian regime goes for a nuclear weapon despite an agreement with Obama to behave, was left completely in the dark.

Kahlili’s article is far more specific than what the Times reported:

The agreement calls for Iran to announce a temporary halt to partial uranium enrichment after which the U.S. will remove many of its sanctions, including those on the Iranian central bank, no later than by the Iranian New Year in March.

Kahlili’s sources included not only the highly placed Iranian “who remains anonymous for security reasons.” He also claimed verification by French intelligence that “Yukiya Amano, the current director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has been given the go-ahead by the U.S. to be ready to travel to Iran and announce the agreement.”

The Iranian regime knows that it will have a much easier time dealing with the Obama administration than a new Romney administration.  Thus, it would not be surprising at all if Iran’s Supreme Leader were willing to give Obama the opportunity to boast to voters on the eve of the election that his diplomacy-and-sanctions policy has worked after all.

Kahlili reported that, according to his Iranian source, “the U.S. delegation urged an announcement, even if only on a temporary nuclear deal, before the U.S. elections to help Obama get re-elected.”  The U.S. delegation also reportedly warned the Iranian negotiator that a Romney presidency “would surely move more toward Israel if Iran does not stand by Obama” and that “if Iran does not stand by Obama, Israel will attack Iran.”

WND asked for comment on its report from the State Department and the White House.  It got no response from the State Department and a “no comment” from the White House.

If Kahlili’s report turns out to be true, the implications are staggering. To win re-election, Barack Obama is willing to pull a Neville Chamberlain and announce a nice sounding deal with a totally untrustworthy, ruthless regime just in time for the election. Valerie Jarrett will have taken over high stakes diplomacy for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who just took a bullet for the Obama team in accepting responsibility for the Benghazi security disaster.  Israel has once again been thrown under the bus.  And our European allies, who stuck their necks out with very tough sanctions against Iran, have been excluded from the negotiations.

The Iranian regime has used negotiations as a stalling tactic for years.  Only this time, it is for keeps.  Obama has chased his unconditional negotiations dream for four years, allowing Iran to get closer and closer to achieving its goal of nuclear arms. If Reza Kahlili’s story is true, the Iranian regime will succeed sooner rather than later.

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  • truebearing

    There is far more reason to doubt the NY Times, Obama, and Iran than Kahlili. Obama has consistently and intentionally done anything he can to hurt the US and Israel. The only thing that exceeds his destructive efforts toward the U.S. is his relentless, reprehensible scheming for political power. Being fundamentally evil and pathologically ruthless, there is nothing Obama won’t do to hold on to power.

    I can only hope that Americans understand the enormity of Obama’s self-serving evil in negotiating a cynical nuclear deal with our nation’s worst enemy — a sworn enemy that has vowed repeatedly to destroy the United States, after committing genocide in Israel. This treachery eclipses anything in this nation’s history and arguably, world history.

  • pierce

    Surprise, surprise as Gomer Pyle used to say. And we are just weeks away from the most important election in my lifetime. The Obama administration has not, I emphasize, has not done anything from day 1, and now, all of a sudden. No no no, don't fall for this. Coincidental, yes yes yes. Trying to buy more votes.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Trueblue533

    So what would the deal be?
    US- we will lift sanctions if you stop with the uranium stuff!

    Iran- If you lift the sanctions we will stop, well, because we PROMISE to.

    Yeah. Great.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    The irony is that it will merely divide the electorate even further and will win no new supporters. It will just be further reasons for the left (like Bill Clinton) to cry about how nobody else gets how great Obama is…not that Clinton is sincere…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407136814 Maja

      I’m sorry we can’t talk about Iranian economic pemolrbs without arguing that others aren’t doing better than Iran. Comparison is important to get a better picture of the whole thing. If Iran’s unemployment figure is a certain amount, its important to compare to other countries, to see how Iran is doing. This is true for every aspect of judging a country. For example, if Iran’s literacy is 70%, but world average is 40%, with its neighbours being 50% and the west being 65%, then Iran is doing great. But if Iran is doing 90%, then thats fantastic, but what if its neighbours are 95% and the west is 99%? Then something is wrong with Iran’s system to see why is it lagging so much behind?So we always have to compare. Media reports always talk about how many millions of Iranians are under the poverty line. But the question needs to be asked is what is the poverty line that is being used to get these numbers? What is Iran’s poverty line compared to other countries? In itself, we don’t get any idea.And not only do we have to compare it to other countries, but to the country’s own past (taking into consideration outside factors). For example, which is better for a country:a) a country that has 5% inflation, but previous several years it was between 1-2%orb) a country that has 10% inflation, but for past years it has been slowly coming down from a 30% inflation per yearI’d say the second one is better because while the latest inflation is higher than the first example, it is at least on the right track,while something is going wrong on the first one.For example, Iran’s unemployment is 11.3%. But compare it to its regional neighbours:Afghanistan:35%Iraq: 18%KSA: 11.6%UAE: 12.6%Oman: 15%Jordan: 12.2%Turkey: 10.5%Move a bit furthur and compare it to major countries such as:USA: 9.6%France: 10%United Kingdom: 7.8%Russia: 9.2%So while Iran hopes to improve its 11.3%, I dont think its a sign of either an economic crisis nor something that one should use to attack Iran on.

  • zalukas

    Moderator: "Mr. President how would you characterize current situation in Libya? Oh look ..squirrel ! "

  • Chanameel

    Obama lead 50,000 muslim men in a Day of Prayer in September 2009 where they prayed from
    morning till night "For the Soul of America." (hardly noticed by MSM)
    This Occult Rite was an act of Surrender to Islam and determines the Future Destiny of America.
    Obama has to conquer and deliver Jerusalem for Islam by Mayan Calendar dates of
    December 21, 2012 – 2016.
    The New World Order needs a New World Religion, Islam/satanism.
    What happens to Israel will happen to us as he changes the laws in our country to Islamic law.

  • Schlomotion

    For cripe's sake, Joseph Klein plagiarized verbatim and nearly entirely Helene Cooper and Mark Landler's Times article! How's that for a Harvard trained lawyer? Outright theft of material. Now I definitely want to read Global Deception and Lethal Engagement. Before, I thought it was merely a similarity that he copies the mindlessly dramatic Title-Colon-Ancillary Title format of Ann Coulter. Now I have to check the whole books for outright plagiarism. Mr. Klein goes the way of Fareed Zakariah and Kaavya Viswanathan. Disgusting!

    • Joseph Klein

      Do you know how to read? Your plagiarism charge is ludicrous to say the least. First of all, my piece referenced the New York Times article you mentioned and directly linked to it. However, very little of my piece actually had to do with what the Times article itself reported. The bulk of my piece dealt with the far more detailed and informative WND article by Reza Kahlili, from which I quote with full attribution and link to.

      I hope you do buy my books and learn something for once.

      • Schlomotion

        You referenced it. You also copied three paragraphs from it. Then you began writing your own article from within it. You did not cite it. Clearly you are not also a Harvard trained writer.

        I will certainly borrow your books from the local library. There's probably one propping up a desk somewhere.

        • Joseph Klein

          Before you start using libraries, learn how to read intelligently if that is possible for you. Quoting from an article to which I linked and commenting upon it is not "plagiarism" except in your fantasy world.

          • Schlomotion

            Just put a quotation mark at the beginning of your whole article and another one at the end.

            And read this for heavens' sake. The helpful advice is at the beginning:
            http://academics.holycross.edu/files/Political_Sc

          • Joseph Klein

            Starting and ending the entire article with quotation marks even though my article already contains exact quotes with citations when exact quotes are used and links to the New York Times article that is only briefly mentioned in the initial part of my artilce? I don't think that is what the Holy Cross instructions you linked to had in mind even if they were applicable outside of the academic sphere. But you can go on thinking so, if you would like. The bottom line of my piece – which certainly is not what the Times was trying to convey – is that if Obama did make a deal with the Iranians who cannot be trusted to keep their word, we are in deep trouble.

          • Schlomotion

            "even if they were applicable outside of the academic sphere."

            At least you admit that your article and perhaps your books disseminate "outside the academic sphere." I can't really ask much more than that. It's difficult for a conscientious author to choose a good subject, write upon it well, cite everything properly, then publish it, and get it independently reviewed. Kudos to you for publishing anyway.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Shariamotion,

            Happy Eternal Nakba!

            I give you an A+ for WHINING.

          • SAM000

            Dear Joseph Klein; the individual "Schlomotion" is a NIAC and AIC member, these two identities are the Iranian lobbies and operatives in USA,
            NIAC is (National Iranian American Council).
            AIC is (American Iranian Council).
            You can Google these two identities and you will be amazed to find out the 5th column of the enemy in USA,
            These people never write under their own identities,
            But, their writings denounces them.
            You would notice that these kind of individuals and their lobbying group are the most hated of a martyred nation, the Iranians look at these individuals as their masters who are the Mullahs.

            I thank you so very much for your articles, we the IRANIANS, will never forget the HONORABLE SCHOLARS who tried to clear this fogy political state and informed the world of the imminent danger.

          • Schlomotion

            That's hilarious! I am?

          • Drakken

            I don't know what is more anoying? You being a complete moron and stupid? Or you not knowing that your a moron and stupid? Please leave the discussion for the adults because this is way beyond your intellectual capability.

    • Sprinklerman

      I hope that Mr. Klein sues you for libel.

      • Schlomotion

        I hope he uses a Yale-trained lawyer.

    • Ghostwriter

      I don't know what's worse,Schlobrain,your anti-semitic garbage or your baseless attack on Mr. Klein. I have no idea why you have this need to embarass yourself on a daily basis but I wish you'd quit it. You're not winning any friends here and your only success in life to prove to the entire world that you're a world class idiot.

    • Omar

      Flipside, no one wants to hear your ignorant lies and propaganda.

  • Steve Chavez

    "REMEMBER NEDA." What if Obama had supported Iran's GREEN REVOLUTION as vigorously as he did the Arab Spring? What would Iran look like today without the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad?

    But today there is talk of bombing, sanctions, cyber-attacks, anything BUT aiding the people in the country that could take matters into their own hands.

    "THE ONLY POWER THAT CAN KNOCK THE DAM DOWN IS THE WATER BEHIND IT." S. Chavez. The Berlin Wall, the Iron Curtain, and the Soviet Union DAM fell due to the water behind it. GRAVITY, or nature, pushed against the Dam. There were cracks and leaks like the Cuba's Muriel Boatlift where 125,000 gallons leaked out. If the water in the lake is not filtered it becomes stagnant and poisonous. Nature pushes against that Dam until it is downed. We are in the ocean of freedom and cannot flow upstream to tear the Dam down. THE PROBLEM: Obama thinks like a Communist and wants to build his Utopian lake where he can control everything and everyone.

    IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT IRAN! There would be no Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, Lebanon problems, Palestinian problems. BUT WITHOUT RUSSIA AND PUTIN, THERE WOULD BE NO IRAN. Problem again: OBAMA LIKES PUTIN AND WILL BOW TO HIM TOO therefore, no progress in Iran on down. Then there is Obama and Israel and the stupid American Jews who will support him!

  • http://twitter.com/undefined @undefined

    HERE IS THE JUDGE;

    'Court Reveals Iranian Operatives In Charge Of Obama’s Iran Policy Since 2009'
    SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101512506

  • Drakken

    Ah yes, where have I heard this before? Oh that is right, ole Chamberlain telling the gulable and stupid that there will be peace in our time. Now we have Obummer with that effing traitor Jarret telling the American people the same thing, the only problem is we have half the population that is going to believe it. There will be a day of reckoning soon.

  • BLJ

    Obama is toast. The only way he gets re-elected is if he can steal the election. Since he has the morals of a jackal I am sure he will try.

    Still, I am confident that he will go down come November 6th.

  • riverboatbill

    If Iran want nukes, let give them some-on cruise missiles.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The New York Times, a propaganda rag for Marxist, Socialist, Islamist trash has only
    one credit……"Pergamentum init, exit Pergamentum"………."Garbage in, Garbage out"….
    William

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    October surprises are becoming usual. The last one, the announcement of the Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac failures was a Democratic Party triumph. Caused by Democrats, denied by Democrats, and pulled off at the proper time by Democrats.
    I wonder who believes they can pull off a similar success using Iran's nuclear plans instead of our national economy? It may not be so easy a second time. A lot of people are watching Obama & Co. for a last minute vote getting scam.
    Marvin Fox