By Angela Sanders –
According to The Washington Examiner, the President in a press conference on Friday pointedly declined to reaffirm his commitment to phased-out sanctions when the negotiations between Iran and a coalition that includes all the U.N. Security Council nations and Germany continue.
He went on to say that the main U.S. goal is to ensure that, should Iran not abide by its agreement, the United States will not “have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions.”
Obama caves on sanctions, the deal has reached an “awful moment”.
I find it odd the president, who’s been adamantly for a phased timeline of releasing sanctions, appears to concede just days after Iranian Parliament released a fact sheet of their own. Yet again, Obama yields to the demands of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayotollah Ali Khamenei. What kind of game is he playing? Iran’s playing chess and Obama’s playing a hand of ‘Go Fish’. In the mean time, Iran’s been making side deals with Russia and China. Anyone else see a problem here?
Here’s Khamenei and Rouhani laughing at Obama… Can you blame them? The rest of the world is laughing too! It’s as if President Obama is literally begging for a deal. He’ll concede anything at this point.
For those of you who haven’t seen the complete “Fact Sheet” released April 15th by Iranian Parliament, here’s an excerpt:
The fact sheet which was presented by Head of the Nuclear Committee Ebrahim Karkhaneyee on Wednesday stresses the necessity for respecting the redlines and guidelines specified by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, making Iran’s decisions and undertakings reversible to enable the country to resume its nuclear operations in case of the other side’s non-commitment to its undertakings, and immediate termination of all sanctions in a single step and on the first day of the implementation of the final agreement.
The factsheet also necessitates commitment of both sides to their undertakings based on the Geneva agreement, a fair and reasonable balance between the gives and takes, taking good care not to impair the country’s security and military boundaries and national interests, providing 190,000 SWUs (Separative Work Units) of nuclear fuel enrichment capability needed by Iran to produce fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant immediately after the end of contract with Russia, safeguarding the nuclear achievements, actual operation of all nuclear facilities of Iran not in words, but in action, continued Research and Development (R&D) works and scientific and technological progress in Iran and immediate application of R&D findings in the country’s industrial-scale uranium enrichment cycle.
The factsheet urges operation of 10,000 centrifuge machines at Natanz and Fordo, a maximum 5-year-long duration for the deal and for Iran’s nuclear limitations, replacement of the current centrifuges with the latest generation of home-made centrifuge machines at the end of the five-year period.
The full list of demands err..fact sheet is available here:
Saturday, during Iran’s Army Day Parade, they kicked it off in typical Iranian fashion with cries for “Death to Israel and Death to America”. Aren’t they precious little peace keepers? I thought the truck was a nice touch. I’m surprised they didn’t have a matching hunk of junk with a banner reading, “Death to America”. Maybe next year.
“If Israel makes a mistake,” the announcer on Iran television said during the broadcast, as heavy trucks carrying armored personnel carriers rolled past, “those in Tel Aviv and Haifa will not sleep at night, not one person.”
That sounds like another threat to me, but what do I know? I’m a citizen of the “Great Satan”. Which brings me to my next warm and fuzzy from Iran. Gosh, I love these guys! It seems we have another fan; none other than Ayotollah Ali Khamenei’s top advisor, Ali Akbar Velayati.
According to Fars News, Velayati cautioned US officials to stop making statements that could damage the ongoing trend of the Iran-world powers talks, and said Tehran is not fond of appeasing the Americans, but is only seeking to establish its nuclear rights. Velayati’s remarks came after President Obama said that if Iran violated its undertakings even for an inch, all lifted sanctions would snap back again.
Eh hem…Who’s appeasing who? President Obama has surrendered everything, while Iran concedes next to nothing. Which leads me to our next special snowflake. Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kerman, warned President Obama of Iran’s reaction to any violation of Washington’s undertakings within the framework of the Lausanne understanding signed by Tehran and the world powers. In response to Obama’s remarks that if Iran violated its undertakings even for an inch, all lifted sanctions would snap back again, he said:
Washington should know that if it violates its undertakings even an iota, “it will take the wish for inking an agreement with Iran to the grave.
Let that sink in for a minute. Not only is this a direct threat, it’s one to be taken seriously. We have no agreement with Iran. The White House released the equivalent of a wish list, contradicting what Iranian leaders have been saying since April 2nd. Their “fact sheet” is unacceptable! Iran needs this deal more than we do.
Since when does the US cower to threats by terrorist nations? Not in my lifetime! What happened to peace through strength? Obama’s failed attempt to negotiate with a state sponsor of terrorism has put the entire Middle East in danger; not mention the US. He’s lost any leverage he had. Even if Iran doesn’t hold up their end of the deal; whatever that might be, we have no way of truly enforcing sanctions. My suggestion to President Obama? Save what little dignity you have left, walk away and say ‘no deal’.
I’m sick to death of our great nation being threatened by rogue nations! We have zero leadership in Washington! Our president may not care about the safety of our great country, but I certainly do!
My final thoughts to Ayotollah Ali Khamenei:
This first appeared at The Liberty Eagle. Posted here with author permission.