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Endangering the World With Their Ingenuous Tactics

It is understandable that President Obama tried to do an end run around foreign policy and focus on so-called domestic issues in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. America has not been blessed with firm and decisive leadership from the Obama White House when it comes to international policy issues, to say the least. The no-show in Paris was just the latest in a long line of confused stances. But the President did take a moment to mention the Iran sanctions. “I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.” The progress he was referring to is the continually stalled negotiations with the terror-sponsoring Islamic Republic of Iran over it’s nuclear program which is clearly aimed at achieving weapons capability. Several extensions and a sanctions relief that is providing about $700 million a month to Iran means they have that much more time to continue their nuclear research program.

Al jazeera, for crying out loud, even quoted Robert Einhorn as stating that "Iran is still refusing to reduce the enrichment capacity it is prepared to accept and is demanding rapid removal of UN and other sanctions instead of acquiescing to a schedule that ties sanction easing to Iran's implementation of an accord." When media like Al jazeera make the case for a strong sanctions threat that is credible - whether intentionally or not hardly matters - you know that Obama and Powers need to change their negotiating strategy. But Samantha Powers is not just worried that Iran may get mad, she's worried about Russia and China. "If we pull the trigger on new nuclear-related sanctions now, we will go from isolating Iran to isolating ourselves." For Powers, decisive leadership by America is equivalent to isolation.

There's another ugly aspect to the White House position on the Iran nuclear negotiations. One of Iran's prominent hard-liners is Moshen Rezaee (Rezaie) who rose through the ranks of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and became a key figure in the Iranian Republic's intelligence and defense sectors. He is wanted for the bombing of the Jewish Cultural Center in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994 which killed 85 and wounded hundreds and is still unsolved. The lead prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, a Jewish Argentine lawyer who has been in charge of the case for a decade, was found dead in his apartment in Buenos Aires of an apparent suicide the day before he was to testify in Congress on a alleged deal between Iran and Argentina to pervert the investigation in order to absolve the Iranians accused of masterminding the 1994 bombing. Moshen Rezaee was the lead suspect in the late Nisman's investigation. That Argentina, a 3rd world basket case desperate for oil, would agree to trade impunity and grains for oil is repugnant but hardly shocking. Moshen Rezaee, (whose son was found dead in a hotel room in Dubai a couple of years ago, after previously having sought political asylum in the US and having accused Iran of supporting terrorism), has been one of the key hard-liners within Iran on the nuclear negotiations. As current Secretary of the Expediency Council and economics professor Rezaee stated, "American sanctions against Iran must be removed as quickly as possible."

These are the people that Samantha Power and President Obama do not want to upset. People like Moshen Rezaee, who the evidence suggests was the mastermind of the Buenos Aires bombing. That an administration like the current one in Buenos Aires would get in bed with terrorists like Rezaee is not the issue, as sickening as it might be. That the White House would bend to the will of such terrorists on an issue like the nuclear capability of a terrorist-supporting state, means that Powers and Obama are way out of their depth. And endangering the world with their ingenuous tactics.

Posted by AllardK at January 21, 2015 9:57 PM
Comment #387560

“The problem of course is that there’s no such thing as “winning” the War on Terror militarily. In fact the occupation led to mass destruction, hundreds of thousands of deaths, a choleric lack of real sanitation, epidemic unemployment and political radicalization that continues to this day to spread beyond Iraq’s borders.”

Matt Taibbi, “American Sniper is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize,” posted on Daily Kos

So now, the jackasses who claimed Iran is about to develop a nuclear weapon are at it again? And we should listen to them? Because… Why? I don’t get it. They have been wrong, and then wrong again, and the wrong some more. They haven’t got anything right in decades. We’re still dealing with the nightmare of a destabilized Middle East. Iran is quietly helping us fight ISIS and the Sunni fundamentalists. Sanctions and falling oil prices have made them more vulnerable than anytime in years, and more willing to negotiate. And we are supposed to pick a fight with the Iranians?

Absolutely asinine.

Argentina… Ah yes. Ever wonder why German Nazis fled to that country after WWII? Remember the Falklands and those Generals, and the Dirty War, where they exterminated leftists by the tens of thousands? A friend of mine watched them dig up bodies from the basement of a new shopping mall that was next to a police station. That is Argentina, folks. It’s a lot better now. But it’s a place with a pretty nasty piece of right wing history.

Posted by: phx8 at January 22, 2015 11:16 AM
Comment #387565

It would seem that Iran must hold some type of world record since they have been six months away from developing a nuclear weapon for many, many years now. I am uncertain how people who say this determine time. How can you be six months away from something for years and years and years?

Posted by: Speak4all at January 22, 2015 3:51 PM
Comment #387567

I still don’t understand why we are fighting ISIS, let along worried about Iran. Are we really concerned with every bad situation around the world? There are plenty of places we could be fritting away worrying about, but really they are of no real threat to us…

Posted by: Rhinehold at January 22, 2015 5:06 PM
Comment #387570

I agree, Rhinehold. While I would be OK degrading and destroying ISIS just based on their barbaric treatment of prisoners- not that the US should talk- it brings up a fundamental question: what then? If that particular fundamentalist Sunni regime is not OK, then which one is? Because that is the choice now, since the Sunni generals and tribal leaders turned their backs on the US and the Shia Iraqi government and sided with ISIS.

It boggles the mind. We see a lot of lies about how we were winning in Iraq, if only… if only… That applies to virtually every year we were there. No matter how bad it was, we were winning. As Cheney said, the insurgency was in its last throes. What a fool that man was. And then a group of 1,500 poorly armed ISIS insurgents invades Iraq and routs 17,500 Iraqi troops, armed to the teeth with American weapons and tens of billions of dollars of training… and the Iraqis deserted, ran, or in most cases, joined ISIS.


Obama is right to keep ground troops out of the Middle East wars as much as possible.

Posted by: phx8 at January 22, 2015 6:18 PM
Comment #387571

What disturbs me is the decision of Boehner, without consultation and the agreement of the White House, to invite Netanyahu to address Congress. While Congress has a role in foreign policy, the lead role has been traditionally reserved for the executive branch.

It can only lead to an embarrassing confrontation between some members of Congress and the White House. This is particularly true when there is apparent disagreement even within the Israeli government as to the proper approach to the Iranian nuclear negotiations.

Inviting a foreign leader to lobby for a policy contrary to that of the executive branch is dangerous and reckless.

Iran must be watching this with amusement.

It is our country. We don’t need a foreign leader dictating our policy.

Posted by: Rich at January 22, 2015 6:58 PM
Comment #387572

Although I know other administrations have done it, my take is Boehner is doing this because of the threat of veto and more executive actions. The executive action allowing illegals to stay before the new congress came to power also was a slap in the face by the administration. Two wrongs don’t make a right but that IMO is the mindset of todays politicians of both parties.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 22, 2015 7:07 PM
Comment #387574

I was very glad to find out yesterday that President Obama and SoS Kerry will not meet with Netanyahu if he addresses the Congress in March. There has been a long held protocol of this country’s posture towards other country’s leaders when they face an upcoming election to not make invitations of a nature that would allow them to use that to affect the outcome of the election in their country. Boehner should have known this and is perhaps trying to accommodate Bibi in return for how Bibi treated Romney to a well publicized visit to Israel during the 2012 election process. But it seems to demonstrate his inability to understand our long held foreign policy instead. I expect that this will backfire on him, Netanyahu and our already strained relationship with a country that has long been an ally in the middle east (whether that relationship is good or bad). I may be wrong but this smells of deceit and treachery from a long way off. That can’t be good for Israel, the U.S.A. or the entire middle east. It was bad decision and I am well acquainted with the outcomes of bad decisions, having made some in my lifetime.

Posted by: Speak4all at January 23, 2015 10:08 AM
Comment #387575

Israeli intelligence came out and said additional US sanctions would “throw a grenade” in the negotiating process. Netanyahu seemed to forget his opposition- the Mossad- could play the same game. Not everyone in Israel is a far right winger. This stunt went about as bad as it could possibly be for both Netanyahu and the Republicans. It was a bad idea from the word ‘go’.

Posted by: phx8 at January 23, 2015 1:47 PM
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