Obama has ‘head handed to him’ in secret Iran sanction deal

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Obama has ‘head handed to him’ in secret Iran sanction deal

Post  fshnski on Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:02 am

For all the tough talk on the international front, turns out the United States has been quietly, behind closed doors, lightening some of the financial restrictions on Iran, a new investigation reveals. But as one source suggested: The talks may have backfired, and now the White House is feeling vulnerable.

The White House actually softened sanctions right after the new president took office, The Daily Beast reported. That’s quite a shift from what’s been making the rounds of global media in recent months — that the United States has been talking tough about the need for Iran to give up its nuclear weapons development dreams and allow inspectors free access to uranium-enrichment facilities, or else face more financial clamp-downs and sanctions.

In fact, a September telephone call between President Obama and Iran President Hassan Rouhani played into that perception. It was billed as historic and touted as a diplomatic reach-out to achieve agreement on nuclear issues.

But The Daily Beast’s investigation reveals that such talks may have been all for show — that the two leaders had actually reached consensus months ago, and that consensus included a U.S. loosening of sanctions.

“For five months, since Rouhani’s election, the United States has offered Iran two major forms of sanctions relief,” said Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a group with a close working relationship with Congress and the White House for Iranian matters, in The Daily Beast report.

“First, there’s been a significant slowdown in the pace of designations while the Iranians are proliferating the number of front companies and cutouts to bust sanctions,” he said in the report. And the second, he said: The White House has opposed new sanction recommendations against Iran that have come out of Congress.
But the quiet dealing may have backfired for Mr. Obama.


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‘VERY BAD DEAL’: ISRAELI PM NETANYAHU LASHES OUT OVER WEST’S POSSIBLE NUKE DEAL WITH IRAN

Post  fshnski on Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:07 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he “utterly rejects” the emerging nuclear deal between western powers and Iran, calling it a “bad deal” and promising that Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself.

Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and says international pressure should be stepped up, not eased, in order to force Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. Netanyahu has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran, unilaterally if necessary, if he concludes that diplomatic pressure on Iran has failed.

He spoke before meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry returned to Tel Aviv from Jordan to speak with Netanyahu before flying to Switzerland to participate in nuclear talks with Iran.

Kerry’s decision to fly to Geneva comes after signs that global powers and Iran were close to a deal that would cap some of Iran’s suspected nuclear program in exchange for limited relief from economic sanctions.

“I understand the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva as well they should because they got everything and paid nothing,” Netanyahu told reporters.

“They wanted relief of sanctions after years of grueling sanctions, they got that. They paid nothing because they are not reducing in any way their nuclear enrichment capability. So Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal,” Netanyahu said.


“This is a very bad deal and Israel utterly rejects it. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and defend the security of its people,” he said.


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/08/very-bad-deal-israeli-pm-netanyahu-lashes-out-over-wests-possible-nuke-deal-with-iran/

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Re: Obama has ‘head handed to him’ in secret Iran sanction deal

Post  fshnski on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:43 am

Saved by the surrender monkeys. We must put away the insults and abuse of the French. They summoned the backbone at Geneva, where the tough guys of the West were trying to cut a deal with Iran to put the ayatollahs’ nuclear weapons program in mothballs.

Barack Obama and David Cameron, the Conservative British prime minister — often sneered at by the French as “the Anglo-Saxons” — were in fact ready to sign whatever stray piece of paper blew over the transom and settled down before them, and it was the French who said no, and said it loud for the needed emphasis. So who are the surrender monkeys now?

Secretary of State John Kerry thought he had a deal to warm the cockles of the heart of anyone who was ever charmed by the sound of the Muslim call to evening prayer — described by Mr. Obama as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset” — but it was a deal to chill the blood of anyone in the West who isn’t ready to go to sleep.

The sucker deal that collapsed in the face of French resistance would have allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium, to get on with a plutonium reactor to produce weapons-grade nuclear fuel, to build an unlimited number of the centrifuges crucial to developing nuclear weapons, and to get instant relief from the crippling financial sanctions that have the ayatollahs in Tehran pleading for mercy. It’s that plutonium reactor that was the sticking point. Everyone but the French was ready to cave.


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