President Obama’s New Pen Pal


3A2A9CBC-2676-4025-8628-361CE500766C_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy3_cw0After vacillating for weeks on what to do regarding his red line for the use of chemical weapons in Syria and ultimately retreating, President Obama laid down yet another of his meaningless red lines for Iran. “My suspicion is that the Iranians recognize they shouldn’t draw a lesson that we haven’t struck [Syria] to think we won’t strike Iran,” Obama warned in an interview with ABC that aired last Sunday. “I think what the Iranians understand is that the nuclear issue is a far larger issue for us than the chemical weapons issue.”

There is little doubt that the Iranians have learned precisely the opposite from Obama’s back-and-forth flirtation with military action over the last several weeks. Since Secretary of State John Kerry had signaled that any attack against Syria would be “unbelievably small,” it is not difficult to imagine Iran’s leadership concluding that an attack against Iran, if any, would be small as well.

President Obama has compounded the meaninglessness of his warning by sending mixed signals. Obama decided to exchange correspondence with Iran’s recently-inaugurated President Hassan Rouhani. Obama may also engage in some sort of informal contacts with Rouhani on the sidelines of next week’s annual heads-of-state circus at the UN General Assembly that both leaders are scheduled to address on the same day.

Obama reportedly sent a letter of congratulations to Rouhani on his election victory. According to one source, the letter indicated that the American government was prepared to reduce sanctions if Iran made a serious diplomatic effort.

Rouhani expressed thanks for the congratulations and gave his views on several issues, which have not been made public.

While Obama is engaging in pleasantries with his new-found pen pal, Russian President Vladimir Putin is parlaying his diplomatic coup on the handling of chemical weapons in Syria into a planned visit to Iran to help work out a strategy on its nuclear program. And just as Putin chose to lecture the United States in his New York Times op-ed article last week that it must show more respect for other countries, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that the United States must adopt the “language of respect” in dealing with Iran. That should not be a problem for Obama, who still thinks his charm offensive will win over our enemies. And with Rouhani, just as with the Muslim Brotherhood and its hand-picked former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Obama confuses the appearance of moderation with the real thing.

Rouhani showed his true colors once again recently with his remarks about an alleged Zionist conspiracy. “A study of the (present) conditions in Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Syria shows that the West has made a chain of them and seeks to strengthen Israel and weaken the resistance front,” Rouhani said in remarks to the ranking commanders of the hardline Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in Tehran on September 16th.  The aim is to “benefit Israel, to consolidate Israel and its power.”

Rouhani had previously expressed his strong support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and for Iran’s state-sponsored jihadist terrorists, Hezbollah, who are fighting to keep the Assad regime in power.

Rouhani has also labeled Israel “a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed,” as reported by Iran’s semi-official student news agency ISNA, although Iran’s state-run television tried to present a toned-down version of Rouhani’s original remarks.

Rouhani will most likely come across as less threatening and bombastic than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at the UN General Assembly next week. However, underneath the façade, there is little difference in substance. Rouhani harbors “a conspiratorial, anti-American, and anti-Israel worldview,” in accordance with the views of his close friend, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to Mark Dubowitz and Tony Badran of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Be on the lookout for an attractive-looking offer on the nuclear issue from Rouhani, perhaps during his speech to the General Assembly next week. As reported by Spiegel, he may propose decommissioning Iran’s underground Fordo enrichment plant and permitting more inspections, including the monitoring and removal of centrifuges, in return for the lifting of economic sanctions:

SPIEGEL has learned from intelligence sources that Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, is reportedly prepared to decommission the Fordo enrichment plant and allow international inspectors to monitor the removal of the centrifuges. In return, he could demand that the United States and Europe rescind their sanctions against the Islamic Republic, lift the ban on Iranian oil exports and allow the country’s central bank to do international business again.

For all we know, Putin may once again be taking leadership of a supposed diplomatic solution so that Obama can once again escape having to follow through with his declared red line while Putin emerges as the great peacemaker. However, Obama should not fall for this trick, as tempting as it may be.

Rouhani sees negotiations as merely a tactic to buy time in advancing Iran’s nuclear program. We know this from his own account of the tactics he used when he served as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in 2003. In an in-depth interview given to the Mehrnameh periodical in May 2012 to mark the publication of his book, National Security and Nuclear Diplomacy, Rouhani said that during Iran’s voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment, which Rouhani negotiated with the European Union in 2003, Iran’s nuclear program made major advances.

Once again, in an attempt to drive a wedge between the United States and its European allies, Rouhani is reportedly preparing to have his foreign minister offer the outlines of his latest proposed deal to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union.

Agreeing to shut down the Fordo facility will mean very little if Iran’s other enrichment plants are still humming along and Iran gets to keep all of the enriched material that has been produced so far. What this shows is Iran’s confidence that it is on the threshold of having enough enriched uranium to produce a nuclear warhead. And Iran is not about to give that enriched uranium up or to scrap its plans to put a heavy water reactor into operation in 2014 and begin producing plutonium for use in building nuclear bombs.

Iran’s claim that it has already reduced its stock of 20 percent-enriched uranium from 240 kilograms to 140 kg by converting it into fuel has been called into question by analysts from the U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security. They reported that the UN’s nuclear watchdog had as recently as August 2013 estimated that only around 30 kg of Iran’s near 20 percent-enriched uranium had been converted into fuel assemblies, far short of what Ali Akbar Salehi, Rouhani’s choice to head the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, represented to be the case.

President Obama may have a new pen pal in Tehran but he better read between the lines and take nothing President Rouhani says or promises at face value.

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  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    Mr. Joseph Klein, when the hell are you going to check in with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his lead investigator Lt. Mike Zullo concerning the evidence they have collected during their TWO year criminal investigation. They have been briefing Congresspersons for the past three weeks with the evidence and they are all shocked at their findings. Why the hell wouldn’t an author like yourself find this fascinating. This is the biggest Scandal of the Century and Obama is this nations’ biggest national security risk. That should really concern you Mr. Klien.

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    I wonder if President Obama has seen this video of his pen pal boasting about how he duped the European nuclear negotiators

    Video: Rouhani boasting how he duped the European nuclear negotiators
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2013/08/video-rouhani-boasting-how-he-duped.html

    • JDinSTL

      He should ask Jay-Z what he thinks about it.

  • Solo712

    Iran never reached 240 kilograms of 20% enriched U-235 which the accepted limit needed to build a bomb. The highest reported quantity (August 2013) was 185 kilos, and the reserve went down to 140 kilos through fuel rod conversion according to the latest report.

    • Aizino Smith

      “Iran never reached 240 kilograms …”

      That is an intersting choice of words. It is written in past tense.

      The Iranians gave up?

      They are not still enriching uranium?

    • Aizino Smith

      Link or give the name of the report.

      • Solo712

        Ever heard of Google ? Oh wait….
        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Iran+August+%2020%25+enriched

        • Aizino Smith

          Ever heard of 10,000 search returns?

          The name of a report would be sufficient. Many news sites and blogs do not like any links or more than one.

          I could search and the 1st thing that might come up might be an article by Rense or similar junk.

        • Aizino Smith

          armscontrolnow the name screams lefty site
          ploughshares.org/blog see above
          Wiki not total trustworthy. i still use it though
          PressTV Good one (Iranian)

          From Ynet

          “Islamic republic’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says stocks have fallen from 240 kilograms to around 140 kilograms”

          & in other news Ali Akbar Salehi says “Trust me!”

  • Rev. Roy

    “That should not be a problem for Obama, who still thinks his charm offensive will win over our enemies”. When are you guys going to wise up to the fact that Obama is not the simpleton you try to make him out to be.He is an evil, calculating, arrogant Muslim (the Caliph in the Closet) and he has the pundits and tongue-waggers chasing their tails in trying to explain his actions.
    He has already destroyed the once mighty U.S. of A., emasculated it’s military, brought racial strife, dissention and distrust to the masses and made her the laughing stock of the world, emboldening all her “natural” enemies in the process.Maybe when you bloggers start telling it like it really is, instead of projecting him as some namby-pamby sissy or simple minded boob, America will rise up in anger and boot him out. But, I’m noy holding my breath. You are too much in love with yourselves and listening for the accolades from the sadly uninformed to bother with telling them the truth and risk ridicule.
    I am so happy that there is a new government coming, a “Theocracy” led by the King of Kings who will rule and reign with justice and righteousness as He brings judgement upon a sin sick and evil world. He has already destoyed one Sodom and Gomorah, and is about to do it again. Are you ready. It’s time to call on the only help there is to clean up this mess…Jesus the Messiah..Yeshua Hamashiach.
    Rev. Roy….<

    • EarlyBird

      You wonder how Christians get a bad name…

  • Aizino Smith

    I consider Obama American by birth regardless of birthplace, since he had an American mother. Is an American according to the law, technically? I think that can be argued.

    It really does not matter that Obama potentially has divided loyalties because he has a Kenyan father. 20% to 30% of American have divided loyalties because of progressive indoctrination. Obama could have had 2 American parents and he still would have grown up anti-American.

    Obama’s father might be the America Frank Davis. DNA would clear it up.

    Given who BHO’s parent’s were he was going to grow up anti-American.

    i also think the best thing that happened to BHO was his step father. His step father is supposed to be enamored with the left. But his views started changing. I think if he has stayed around his step father longer he would not have been poisoned the way he was.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    DEATH to the Islamofascist Sand Nazi regime of Iran!!

    LONG LIVE PERSIA!

    And may the son of the devil ayatollah khomeni continue to BURN in HELL for all time!

  • JacksonPearson

    Obama’s new pen pal? But he won’t talk to the Republicans!