Emboldening Iran

Ayatollah-Ali-Kham_2128806bIn the last few days, an Obama administration desperate to turn Americans’ attention away from the ObamaCare disaster has been touting its “historic” deal with Iran. Toward that end they released a document Saturday entitled, “Fact Sheet:  First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program,” outlining the details. Those “facts” have been rejected–by the Iranians themselves.

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham explained Tuesday.

Iran released its own version of the agreement, with Afkham contending that it was based on language chosen with regard to the considerations of all parties to the talks. She further insisted that the reason negotiations took so long between Iran and the G5+1 “pertained to the accuracy which was needed for choosing the words for the text of the agreement,” and “that the Iranian delegation was much (sic) rigid and laid much emphasis on the need for this accuracy.”

The key sticking point? The White House fact sheet claims “Iran has committed to halt progress on its enrichment capacity” with bullet points laying out the details. On the other hand, the Iranian fact sheet indicates that their nation can “fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein.”

Both fact sheets do contain almost identical statements revealing one over-arching fact. The Iranian version: “This comprehensive solution would constitute an integrated whole where nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.” The American version: “With respect to this comprehensive resolution:  nothing is agreed to with respect to a comprehensive solution until everything is agreed to.”

In other words, despite all the triumphal posturing by this administration and their media cheerleaders, no actual deal exists.

Thus, despite Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the Iranian interpretation of the agreement was “not accurate,” and President Obama telling his supporters at a Beverly Hills fundraiser that easing economic sanctions on Iran is better than going to war, absolutely nothing has been finalized–including the start time of the six-month timetable during which a longer-term accord is supposed to be worked out.

The State Department acknowledged that reality Tuesday, when spokeswoman Jen Psaki admitted that the six-month interim program had yet to begin. Moreover, she had no idea when it would begin. “The next step here is a continuation of technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement,” she told reporters.

Even more embarrassing, Psaki conceded there was no mechanism in place that would stop Iran from continuing its current pursuits. “In terms of what the Iranians are or aren’t doing, obviously our hope would be, given we are respecting the spirit of the agreement in pressing for sanctions not to be put in place and beginning the process of figuring out how to deliver on our end of the bargain, that the same would be coming from their end in the spirit of the agreement,” she said.

If Iranians are “respecting the spirit” of the agreement, they have a peculiar way of showing it. On Monday, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, insisted the status quo would remain just that, including further construction on the Arak heavy-water reactor. Western powers fear Arak is a source of plutonium used as the core of a nuclear weapon. “Work at the Arak reactor will continue,” Salehi said. “Enrichment to 5 percent will continue. Research and development will continue. All our exploration and extraction activities will continue. There are no activities that won’t continue.”

Tuesday didn’t bring any better news. Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, doubled down, insisting that “Iran’s uranium enrichment right cannot be granted or limited by another countries,” (sic) and claiming that Kerry’s assertion to the contrary constituted a “misunderstanding.” Also, Iranian administration spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht was quoted as saying some $8 billion of Iran’s frozen assets were released by the United States.

Not to be outdone, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) revealed that Tehran had developed “indigenous” ballistic missile technology. “Many countries may have access to cruise missiles technology, but when it comes to ballistic missiles, I am confident that only the US and the Soviet Union could master this technology, and now we can announce that we own this technology as well,” he told Iran’s Fars News Agency. Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, head of the IRGC Public Relations Department, also took an opportunity to bash the United States and Israel, insisting that America’s power has become “seriously shaky in the world, specially in the Middle-East,” and that Iran has brought the criminal regime of Israel to its knees.

Obama administration critics were plentiful. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “an historic mistake.” Former UN ambassador John Bolton characterized it as “abject surrender by the United States,” one that grants the Iranian regime “time to continue all aspects of its nuclear-weapons program the agreement does not cover,” undeserved “legitimacy,” and the ability to break “the psychological momentum and effect of the international economic sanctions.” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer labeled it the “worst deal since Munich,” further noting that allowing Iran to enrich uranium “undermines the entire idea of nonproliferation and it grants Iran a right it’s been lusting for for a decade. That’s why there was so much jubilation in Tehran over this.”

While Tehran was jubilant, there was bipartisan consternation in Congress. Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), characterized the deal as disproportional. “Iran simply freezes its nuclear capabilities while we reduce the sanctions,” he said. Lindsey Graham (R-NC) noted it let Iran completely off the hook. “The sanctions actually worked but this interim deal gives the Iranian’s $7 billion in cash and leaves in place one of the most sophisticated enrichment programs around,” he contended. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menedez (D-NJ) contended he was willing to give the administration some breathing room, but that additional sanctions will be available “should the talks falter or Iran fail to implement or breach the interim agreement,” he said.

Yet it was former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman who cut to the chase. “Iran is an enemy, there is American blood on Iranian hands” he explained, further noting that the Iranians “have a terrible record of not keeping agreements and frankly of lying.”

President Obama remains undeterred. “We cannot close the door on diplomacy,” he said Monday. “We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict.”

We can however, commit ourselves to and endless cycle of meaningless diplomacy, unless one considers an entire decade of fruitless efforts that have yet to produce a single meaningful breakthrough, progress. In another stunning development, a White House official explained Wednesday that while the United States does not recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium, President Obama believes the world’s foremost exporter of Islamic terrorism “should have access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.” “However, the history of the Iranian nuclear program has raised serious and legitimate concerns in the international community as to whether Iran’s enrichment program–which it pursued in secret–is truly for peaceful purposes,” the official added.

As of now, nothing in this non-deal deal does anything to stop Iran from pursuing its quest for nuclear weaponry. Even more remarkably, sanctions, as in the only thing that was putting actual pressure on Iran short of military action have already been eased–beginning five months ago. Daily Beast columnist Eli Lake reveals that the Treasury Department “all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.”

Thus, the president has once again bypassed Congress in pursuit of his “noble” agenda. It is an agenda based on little more than hubris, in that Obama believes he possesses a level of charm and intelligence that will win the Iranians over, in spite of a decade of evidence to the contrary–and in spite of the reality that absolutely nothing, other than a promise to make a deal leading to a deal ostensibly leading to peace in our time, has been achieved. “Trusting Iran to deliver on its promises is nearly as risky as trusting Obama to deliver on his,” writes the NY Post’s Michael Goodwin. Empty promises by both sides equals more time for Iran to pursue its nuclear agenda. If that’s not an outright victory for them, one is hard-pressed to imagine what is.

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  • truebearing

    Based on Obama’s approach to dealing with a nuclear Iran, wouldn’t it be essentially the same, and much less complicated, if we just give Iran a dozen nukes and some highly accurate ballistic missiles? Certainly that would make them like us and would stop all of the hostility. They’d undoubtedly stop believing in those old superstitions about the 12th Imam, too. What the hey, let’s give all Muslim couintries their own nukes. What could go wrong?

    • PatriotInk

      Given the “transparency” of this regime of reprobates, we may well be giving them nukes. When a malignant fraud with the fixed mental attitude of a dictator tells his aides “I am really good at killing people”, anything is possible.

  • The March Hare

    Does this indicate that obummer is Shiite?

    • rbla

      No he is a cultural Sunni Muslim. He was all set to serve the Saudi backed jihadists in Syria but then got cold feet. When the angry Saudis dissed him the egomaniac got back at them by tilting toward Iran. We have a petulant child in the White House.

      • m4253y

        spot on!

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      Remove one of the “i”s and the “e” and you’ll find the answer. Seriously, he could be assisting the Saudis as well here.

      Many hawks in the House of Sa’ud have wanted their own nuclear program, this situation (which Obama has helped create) stresses their need for a Wahabbi-land nuclear program, just like India-Pakistan years ago.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Fire up Dimona, Israel. Otherwise, Iran’s gonna get ya! Act now, Israel! God love you, Israel, for having testicles. I wonder what happened to America’s nuts. Maybe Obama swallowed them.

    • Tim

      I’m not sure he has room in his mouth after swallowing the Muslim Brotherhood’s and the Ayatollah’s.

  • JVictor

    Aside from the fact that this “agreement” is an unmitigated fiasco on the same magnitude of Neville Chamberlain’s “peace in our time” letter, Obama and his lock-step jack-booted minions continue to underestimate the intelligence of the people of this country. In their vain, and equally vain, attempt to re-direct attention from the failed Obamacare launch and its devastating impact on the lives of millions with the non-agreement with Iran, Obama’s approval numbers continue to plummet and his “unbelieve-ablity” numbers continue to rise. Observers and participants have wondered when the tipping-point would come before Obama fatally injures this country. There is compelling evidence that he and his minions have tipped-over the last shred of credibility they had with their blind followers first. Finally. What remains to be seen is how leaders on the other side will start reclaiming that which has been lost.

  • vladimirval

    Carrots have not worked and as we see total surrender to Iran’s demands haven’t either. What is needed is a hammer to get their attention. A credible military threat is the only thing that will get Iran to stop their nuclear arms production, end their terror financing, and remove the Iranian threat of aggression in the Middle East and the world. Any other action from the west Iron’s leaders consider as weakness.

  • Edward smith

    Even more embarrassing, Psaki conceded there was no mechanism in place
    that would stop Iran from continuing its current pursuits.”

    That’s one of the many lies in this propaganda piece. The mechanism in place to keep Iran from getting nukes is the same mechanism that keeps 200 other countries from getting nukes. The non-proliferation treaty.

    If Iran was working on nuclear weapons they would have a whole warehouse full of them by now. These lies have to stop. Are you gonna say 20 years from now that Iran is six months away from a nuke? It’s laughable.

    • defcon 4

      How does anyone know Iran doesn’t already have nuclear weapons?

      • Edward smith

        The Non proliferation treaty that Iran signed. The National intelligence estimate of the US. 16 Intelligence agencies who say Iran does not posses nukes.

        • defcon 4

          It’s the treaty that really convinces me…NOT.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Fascist Iran signs a treaty with Infidels?

          Fascist Iranian leaders don’t wear neckties because they are “Crusader” symbols. LOL!

          Anyone who trusts fascist iran is fool or a FAKE anti-war socialist.

          DEATH to fascist iran!!!

          Hang the ayatollahs.
          Decapitate the revolutionary guard stormtroopers.

          Free the Persian people!

          LONG LIVE PERSIA!

  • William James Ward

    To think that we are paying these bums in Washington to live the high
    life and Obama on multi million dollar vacations just makes me sick.
    Our tax dollars and the squeeze of more tax and regulation to wreck
    what we have built up over a lifetime of work and to become slaves to
    political blackmail by the District of Criminals demands calls for a
    fresh look at these false and lying thieves. They are sold to the voters
    by lying media, falsifying their lives and abetting the swindles we live
    with daily and without relief, one scam after another. Iran, is laughing
    as they know it takes a thief to know a thief and they know Obama and
    the Washington elite are to busy stealing everything not nailed down. I
    know the voters put these swine in Office and the moral degeneracy
    of America points to the main problem, no people of moral character,
    only frauds, con-men and villains poisoning the future. We are
    being destroyed and becoming irrelevant with a generation of
    poisoned minds gratis the liberal Godless government schools.
    Obama is thankful today to give the world a nuclear Iran, what will
    it be for Christmas, a detonation?…………………William

  • Ellman48

    “In other words, despite all the triumphal posturing by this administration and their media cheerleaders, no actual deal exists.” BINGO! Masquerade and charade once again by the Obama regime. So obvious, so predictable, so unoriginal, but many still don’t understand how this man and his lackeys operate. The essence of Obama is that HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED! PERIOD! Once you understand this maxim everything else becomes very clear. The truth is not in him and never will be.

  • Ellman48

    “The next step here is a continuation of technical discussions at a
    working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of
    the agreement,” she told reporters.”

    Translation: We told the Iranians that Israel was preparing to launch a strike against their nuclear facilities and that unless they at least PRETENDED to negotiate a DEAL, Israel might strike at any moment. To get Iran’s cooperation in delaying this Israeli strike we will agree to unfreeze your assets and remove economic sanctions. So it’s your call: take advantage of our beneficence or watch your facilities go up in flames. How could the Iranians turn down a DEAL like this? It’s an unmitigated win-win scenario for Iran. Nice work Valerie Jarret!

  • Ellman48

    “In terms of what the Iranians are or aren’t doing, obviously our hope
    would be, given we are respecting the spirit of the agreement in
    pressing for sanctions not to be put in place and beginning the process
    of figuring out how to deliver on our end of the bargain, that the same
    would be coming from their end in the spirit of the agreement,”
    she said.

    This is absolutely pathetic! ‘Spirit of the agreement’? This regime cannot distinguish friend from foe, or deception from sincerity. Saul Alinsky never wrote a book about how to deal with Iran, so Obama has to rely on Valerie Jarret to help him with this one. Good luck!

  • Ellman48

    “Daily Beast columnist Eli Lake reveals that
    the Treasury Department “all but stopped the financial blacklisting of
    entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since
    the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.”

    Interesting to note that the Lying King is receiving his own medicine from an even more accomplished Liar. It seems that Obama is continually stultified by Iran and Russia, by ‘moderates’ like Rouhani and realists like Putin. They see him for what he really is, not for what he claims to be.

  • Ellman48

    Obama’s grades in dealing with foreign countries:

    Iraq – FAILED
    Afghanistan – FAILED
    Syria – FAILED
    Tunisia – FAILED
    Libya – FAILED (Big Time – Benghazi)
    Egypt – FAILED (Big Time – Morsi deposed)
    Saudi Arabia – FAILED (Saudis incensed about Iranian appeasement)
    Israel – FAILED (this may be his biggest failure of all; time will tell)
    Russia – FAILED
    China – FAILED
    Brazil – FAILED

    When will the free passes finally end? When will he finally be held accountable and responsible for his 5 years in office? How long do we have to tolerate his incompetence and inexperience? When will his on-the-job training finally end?

  • defcon 4

    “Trusting Iran to deliver on its promises is nearly as risky as trusting Obama to deliver on his,” writes the NY Post’s Michael Goodwin. I’m amazed that any newspaper in the US published an assertion like that.

  • defcon 4

    It’s the treaty that really convinces me…NOT.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Fascist Iran signs a treaty with Infidels?

    Fascist Iranian leaders don’t wear neckties because they are “Crusader” symbols. LOL!

    Anyone who trusts fascist iran is fool or a FAKE anti-war socialist.

    DEATH to fascist iran!!!

    Hang the ayatollahs.
    Decapitate the revolutionary guard stormtroopers.

    Free the Persian people!

    LONG LIVE PERSIA!