The Secret Talks Between Obama and the Mullahs

Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist and scholar, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review at Harvard University. Rafizadeh is also a former senior fellow at the Nonviolence International Organization based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Gulf project at Columbia University. He can be reached at rafizadeh@fas.harvard.edu. Follow Rafizadeh at @majidrafizadeh.


obama-rouhaniI have long pointed out that Barack Obama’s administration, and particularly president Obama himself, has been more than likely clandestinely communicating and working with the Islamic Republic of Iran much longer than just before the current nuclear talks, and even long before President Hassan Rouhani came to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly. Several national and international outlets have just released more details and reports on this issue.

The crucial point of this issue is that while the American people were told by the Obama administration (an image projected by President Obama) that this September’s “historic” telephone call between President Obama and President Rouhani was the first diplomatic outreach to achieve agreement on nuclear issues, the recent revelations indicate otherwise.

These secrets talks, surreptitious letters, leading to confidential and classified negotiations between Obama and the Islamist leaders of Iran, were initiated long before the current nuclear talks, right after the current president of Iran was elected to office.

According to several outlets, including the Daily Beast, the Blaze, and the Washington Times, the White House— under the leadership of President Obama— started lifting and easing its sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran right after President Hassan Rouhani took office.

According to The Daily Beast, Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a group that works closely with Congress and the White House regarding Iranian matters, stated that for “five months, since Rouhani’s election, the United States has offered Iran two major forms of sanctions relief.” In addition, Dubowitz pointed out that Iran has been selling oil illegally on the black market, leading to a large profitable amount of illegal revenues for Iran.

This also explains why President Obama has tried to oppose any sort of sanctions, policy recommendations, and legislation presented by the overwhelming majority of congressional representatives.

While it took several American administrations, the international community, the United Nations, and European countries to identify illicit institutions and actors in Iran who have abused the international financial sector, the Obama administration is quietly reversing these processes.

The Obama administration’s policy of quietly lessening financial pressure on Iran has significantly emboldened the position of Iranian Islamists in the international arena.

According to Dubowitz, two types of relief and special offers have been given to Iran by the Obama administration.

Firstly, the Obama administration has significantly decreased issuing designations of sanctions violators in comparison to any previous administrations. This is occurring at a time when Iran has been more rapidly working on its nuclear program and increasing its centrifuges, according to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran has also increased the number of engineers working at a new plutonium plant, and according to many nuclear experts, Iran will reach the breakaway capacity of developing bomb-grade nuclear weapons within the first six months of next year.

These secrets concessions have significantly assisted the new president of Iran, allowing the administration to make millions of dollars in profit by increasing its oil sale in the illegal black market. While President Obama has not only done nothing to counter it, but has also assured the Iranian Islamist leaders that they have the green light to receive further relief down the road.  This is in complete violation of the financial global standards.

Secondly, and more importantly, the Obama administration has been offering Iran special deals by opposing sanction recommendations coming from both parties in Congress. In addition, Iranian lawmakers have previously pointed out that President Obama has previously sent secret letters to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. While the Obama administration denies that they sent a secret letter to Khamenei, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed that Tehran did receive the secret letter to the Supreme Leader. Furthermore, as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, pointed out, US Secretary of State John Kerry is currently pushing for an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, which will ease sanction on Iran without even asking Tehran to slow down its nuclear activities.

The secrecy of the Obama administration’s work with the Islamist leaders of Iran is brining, and will continue to bring, further severe repercussions for American national interest, which will just intensify as these clandestine communications networks continue to occur. Some of the negative backlash to this event is aimed at how the Obama administration is alienating its regional allies, particular Israel, through these acts. By these secret reliefs, the Obama administration is significantly assisting Iran in more quickly obtaining bomb-grade nuclear capabilities and weapons. The Obama administration is also breaking the number one rule in foreign service, in which United States prohibits its diplomat from contacting Iranian counterparts. Finally, and more fundamentally, this move has worked to embolden the Islamists’ position, weakening and damaging the American image.

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  • ahmad76

    That is why we love Obam. Thanks for all American who elected him twice, not only once, but twice. I am sure he would be elected for the third and fourth time if he was allowed to run.

    • gerry

      If hewere allowedto,he would be reelected for the rest of his natural life.

    • Carabec

      What makes you think there will not be a third and fourth term? He ignores the Constitution and no one Congress, Senate, Supreme Court or Military speaks a word against this Occupior of the Oval Office!

      • defcon 4

        This is what I’m wondering. Who knows if a Reichstag scenario hasn’t already been planned for 2016.

      • 11bravo

        Give it a break Whack-a-doodles!

        • Carabec

          Why do Liberals so often resort to name calling and baby talk?

          • 11bravo

            I do not know, go ask one.
            Why does FP draw some in the comments sections who just prove all the back-woods – birther – truther – racist stereotypes that have smeared the Tea Party, and in general the GOP?
            If the best you can do is just keep bringing up whack-a-doodle nonsense…Why bother, we have heard it (and you have already said it) a million times before. You are not furthering anything by doing it.

          • Carabec

            What?

        • defcon 4

          And Islam is really a religion of peace!

          • 11bravo

            It is not really a religion at all – let alone peaceful.

  • Navy Doc

    One word: Jarrett

  • iagozdi212

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    Madison got an awesome white Jaguar XF XFR by working parttime online…
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  • Hass

    I wish Israel would just get this over and done with. The way this Muslime POTUS is going, they’re sure to be ready sooner than we think.

  • Allah is Dead

    Islam is for barbarians

    • ahmad76

      Chrstianianity and Christians are more barbarous. Just look at its history

      • Drakken

        Well if that is what you believe muzlim, don’t make us angry, otherwise we infidels will give you that Crusades you so fear.

      • defcon 4

        Tell it to:
        1. the Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists of the Indian sub-continent
        2. Persian Jews, Persian Zoroastrians (if there are any left in Iran) and Persian Baha’i
        3. the Buddhists of Myanmar

      • DB1954

        When we get rid of your co-religionist, Hussein, we’re going to redeploy the Crusaders AND their “barbarism.” But meanwhile. ahmad, have a nice day :-)

        • Lanna

          Americans are making ready, they know all about the plans Obama has!

      • Hass

        Please elaborate oh Pedo worshipper.

      • joshuasweet

        yes I have and so far the extent of Muslim atrocities far out number those of so called Christians.
        They do not subjugate their women to the levels that Muslims do.
        Our women are allowed to drive go to school and work outside of the home.
        and where do you think the word “Barbarous” came from in the first place?

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    Why are we surprised?

    We’ve known from the start: OBAMA IS MOOSLIM!

  • benabo1machal

    What else could have been expected, a MooSLIME President betraying his country to another MooSLIME.
    Viva OBAMACARE, the betrayal of the American people

  • Patriots Rising

    Everybody treats Obama with kid gloves for fear of being labeled a racist, not even Congress has the gonads to oppose his unconstitutional ways! I stand with Israel..

  • SoCalMike

    When an Iranian bomb goes off in NY or Washington, the people who voted for him twice will blame Bush.

  • Obamaroid_Ointment

    OBAMA AKBAR!

  • drthomasedavis

    How many crimes against the United States is Obama allowed before he is brought to trial for TREASON? When British Major John Andre was caught with the plans of West Point, he was hanged then and there. I suggest that Obama is far over the limit, deserves no further consideration and has earned a limb high on the Hanging Tree.
    Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Colonel, USA (ret)
    326 F Nantucket Lane
    Monroe Twp, NJ 08831

    • glpage

      I would prefer a firing squad sir. Hanging him would be considered racist.

      BTW, thank you for your service sir.

      • Drakken

        A firing squad is considered and honorable thing, a hanging is for traitors.

        • glpage

          I stand corrected, thank you for the clarification.

        • DB1954

          And the nice thing is, the condemned either poops his pants before or after. Sometimes before, because, after all, who wouldn’t after they see the noose.
          Bwahahahaa

    • defcon 4

      Thank you for your service sir. A belated Happy Veteran’s day to you and yours.

  • 2wotvet

    If Obama is a Muslim, then how come he isn’t doing more Islamic things, like marrying his daughters to old Muslim men or honor killing his wife for not covering herself up? It’s not like he has a cover to blow, everyone with a brain knows he’s a Muslim, bowing to the Saudis and actively helping Iran destroy Israel is clear cut proof of that. It’s not like it will offend his leftist allies, they already ignore the
    millions of girls who are mutilated and murdered in the Islamic world.
    So why hasn’t Hussein Obama whipped out the sword that all Muslims own and cut his wife’s head off?

    • defcon 4

      Two words: stealth jihad.

    • 11bravo

      I don’t know, why don’t YOU tell US why?

  • Mahmoud

    Islam will one day conquer US.

    • Drakken

      You really have no idea what is going to happen to you and yours do you Haji? Here is a hint, it ends with something called a Crusades on steroids and a bloodbath for you muslim savages, and we infidels are not going to give a rats azz how peace loving you say you are, for no one is going to care, we are simply going to let allh sortem out.

      • Mahmoud

        Islam will win, based on Quran. Mehdi will cone and behead all non-Muslims. …

      • Mahmoud

        U should convert to Islam, bro.

        • American1969

          You should accept Jesus as your Savior. May He show you the light!

    • Chris Behme

      Fuck off, goat breath.

    • DB1954

      You won’t be here to see it, Mahmoud.

    • defcon 4

      But islam is a religion of peace. Right? Riiiigggggggghhhhhhhhhtttttt?

    • Hass

      Hey imbecile! Keep deluding yourself. Whilst the West evolves further, Muslimes keep devolving.

    • pekin

      Over OUR DEAD BODIES MOHUD

  • Mahmoud

    It is called secret Jihad dear and it is the most awarding in the eyes of Allah.

    • Drakken

      You muslims gives us jihad, well us infidels will raise you a Crusades.

    • DB1954

      Jihad isn’t a secret. I read all the counter-jihad websites everyday.

    • defcon 4

      Why would jihad have to be secret? I thought it refers to enriching one’s personal life. Conquering one’s fears. Making friends. Saying hello. Admiring a rainbow. Singing in the rain.

  • Drakken

    The questions that should be asked is, why did Valerie Jarret visit Iran more than a dozen times and not a word was said about it? What exactly has ole Val been pushing policy wise in regards to Iran? Who else in the White is pushing for peace in our time with Iran? Most transparent administration ever huh? We as a nation are in deep kemshi.

  • Itsy_bitsy

    Well let’s see! How is Barack doing on the goals he and Valerie set; 1) destroy US economy – check 3) subjugate all school curriculum and radically socialize it – check 4) put 60% of the people on welfare – great inroads 5) install sharia law – working on it 6) allow all and any illegal immigration (more democrat voters) – soon very soon 7) install a fully armed Obama military within the country – check! Actually it appears that they have both been pretty successful at achieving their goals!

  • BadWhisky

    The Constitutional word for this is treason…..

    • DB1954

      Sedition too.

  • MrUniteUs1

    Meanwhile

    George W. Bush Wants to Help Convert All the Jews

  • Mahmoud

    Islam will win, based on Quran. Mehdi will cone and behead all non-Muslims.

    • defcon 4

      Is the Mehdi a cone head? Was he on SNL?

  • YouMustBeMistaken

    Jarrett the Iranian is sending her boy to do her job.

  • Lanna

    Obama has always been working with Islam and against Israel…no surprise to those of us who know the facts!

  • American1969

    WORST PRESIDENT EVER.