It’s their ”supreme” leader that eventually calls the shots.
There are no ”moderates” in the Iranian government, any more than there are ”moderates” in the islamonazi regimes of Hamas or Hezbollah.
Iranian officials: Obama offered big concessions in secret talks with Iran in 2011-12
By J.E. Dyer on August 11, 2015 at 1:04 am
There has been a persistent thread of reporting in Western media about secret contacts between the Obama administration and the Iranian regime, going back for years before the formal P5+1 negotiations that opened in 2013.
But there hasn’t been much explicit information on the content discussed in the secret meetings. If the statements made in passages translated by MEMRI are valid – excerpts from speeches and Iranian media interviews with top officials – the reason for that is obvious. According to the Iranians quoted, the Obama administration planned from the outset to give away the major bargaining points.
MEMRI says a full translation has yet to be completed, so we must wait on that for a more extended discussion. But here are some highlights.
From MEMRI’s initial summary:
[Iranian officials] indicate that the U.S. initiated secret negotiations with Iran not after President Hassan Rohani, of the pragmatic camp, was elected in 2013, but rather in 2011-2012, in the era of radical president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. … [A]lready at that time, Iran received from the U.S. administration a letter recognizing its right to enrich uranium on its own soil. Hossein Sheikh Al-Islam, an advisor to the Majlis speaker, specified that the letter had come from John Kerry, then a senator and head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Iranian vice president and top negotiator Ali Akbar Salehi said that Kerry, while still a senator, had been appointed by President Obama to handle the nuclear contacts with Iran.
From a speech by Ayatollah Khamenei in June 2015 (all bold emphasis added):
“The issue of negotiating with the Americans is related to the term of the previous [Ahmadinejad] government, and to the dispatching of a mediator to Tehran to request talks. At the time, a respected regional figure came to me as a mediator [referring to Omani Sultan Qaboos] and explicitly said that U.S. President [Obama] had asked him to come to Tehran and present an American request for negotiations. The Americans told this mediator: ‘We want to solve the nuclear issue and lift sanctions within six months, while recognizing Iran as a nuclear power.’…”
Then throw his carcass out of the Oval Office.
OBAMA VOWS TO DEFY CONGRESS IF IT VOTES AGAINST IRAN DEAL
“I, as president, will do everything possible to go in the other direction.”
I wonder if Iran will get democracy and the rule of law before America does.
Obama has been accused of unilateral rule. Now it’s coming from a Democrat and it’s being stated in black and white.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who has been one of the more skeptical Democrats on the agreement, said that Obama appeared ready to ignore Congress, even if lawmakers vote to kill the deal and then marshal the two-thirds majorities to override a White House veto.
“The main meat of what he said is, ‘If Congress overrides my veto, you do not get a U.S. foreign policy that reflects that vote. What you get is you pass this law and I, as president, will do everything possible to go in the other direction,’” Sherman told reporters off the House floor after the meeting.
“He’s with the deal — he’s not with Congress,” Sherman added. “At least to the fullest extent allowed by law, and possibly beyond what’s allowed by law.”
Do we need any more proof of Obama’s dishonesty?
‘WHITEWASH’: UN ACCUSES OBAMA OF COVERING UP IRAN SANCTIONS VIOLATIONS
A new United Nations report suggests that the Obama administration and other western governments may be covering up Iran’s violations of international sanctions of ahead of the upcoming June 30 deadline for a final nuclear deal to be agreed.
As Sangwon Yoon reports at Bloomberg View, the UN report provides clear evidence of sanctions violations, such as the head of the Quds force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps openly violating an international travel ban. However, it says, western countries have stopped reporting Iran’s violations, which could only mean a “reduction of procurement activities by the Iranian side,” or, more likely, a political decision by some member states to refrain from reporting to avoid a possible negative impact on ongoing negotiations.” The report’s evidence suggests a cover-up is the likeliest explanation.
Yoon quotes Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who said: ““This is a clear political decision not to publicize these examples of sanctions evasion in order to ensure that public reporting on this doesn’t in any way jeopardize the talks or harden congressional resolve….The Obama administration has bent over backwards to try and whitewash Iranian violations both on the nuclear side and also on the sanction-busting side.”
Obama is like a long bout of diarrhea.
From a good friend and colleague, DM: “Good interview except for Dayan’s elitist and arrogant anti-Bibi jabs. Obama is honest about his left-wing worldview. I’m starting to like Obama more now that he’s no longer pretending to be a pragmatist void of any ideology. All this ‘taking risks for peace’ nonsense is indeed bs as Obama seems to admit. Obama of course is not anti-Israel, but holds views very similar to left-wing avoda-voting Zionists. This is ironic only in the sense that Labor and its grassroots members are anti-pluralist.”
NOTE: I take a slightly different view, yes Obama is a leftist ideologue, but he’s also someone who has been inculcated with extremist anti-Israel views over a long period of time. He is no friend of the Jews, and I doubt he would shed a tear if it were no longer existing.
Israeli Reporter To Obama: If You Are Wrong On Iran, “Bomb Will Hit Tel Aviv First”
H/T: DM via Real Clear Politics
Guilty as sin.
So When we ask the question, who is responsible for the tragedy of the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, there is a very clear answer. It was Hillary Clinton.”
BOLTON: RELEASED EMAILS PROVE HILLARY RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDER OF AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI
Friday at the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, John Bolton, said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “responsible for the tragedy of the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans,” in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi Libya.
Bolton said, “I think the most telling information that we have seen in this limited number of emails is that there are repeated examples of Secretary of State Clinton being told in 2011 and 2012 that the security situation of our personnel in Tripoli and Benghazi was very precarious. The country’s government had fallen apart—that the threat from terrorist attacks was high and that our people were very concerned about it.”
He continued, “Now you’ll recall in her limited public appearances to date that she has said, you know, I don’t get involved in that security stuff, you know, I have people that do that. Well I have to say when I heard that I was stunned. I’ve worked for six different secretaries of state, everyone of them coming from very different backgrounds, every one of them cared about the safety of the Americans who worked for them in the State Department. And not one of them would have missed the danger that our diplomats in Libya faced. And this was called to her attention repeatedly and she didn’t do anything about it. So When we ask the question, who is responsible for the tragedy of the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, there is a very clear answer. It was Hillary Clinton.”
I don’t lend credibility to two of the claims, but being a socialist (Fabian) is dead on.
Did you hear the one about the Muslim, socialist, Kenyan president? The joke Obama can’t stop telling.
If there’s one thing we can count on from President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner every year, it’s him making jokes about being Muslim, foreign-born and socialist.
On Saturday, he joked about how busy he is, dealing with immigration, vetoes and Iran — all while finding time to pray five times a day. And then there was the one about how if Bernie Sanders became president, we’d have a “third Obama term after all” (“Apparently, some folks really want to see a pot-smoking socialist in the White House,” he said).
Obama is in neck deep in the scandal, and it answers why Hillary wiped her email server clean.
Mark Levin: Hillary uranium scandal BIGGER than any of her other crimes and unethical behaviors
Mark Levin says that Hillary Clinton’s uranium scandal is much bigger than Whitewater or Hillary’s emailgate or any of her other crimes and unethical behaviors: (Partial AUDIO):
Listen to the entire podcast here. Stunning:
”No longer will the United States meddle in our own hemisphere.”
Radio talk show host, Mark Levin, is right, this guy is a complete and utter danger to the US, past presidents realized that you can’t protect America without controlling the danger entering into your own neighborhood.
Obama says that the US has to ”respect the differences between neighboring states”, but how so? Why should the US respect nations that routinely imprison political dissenters, crush free market enterprise and spread terrorism around the world?
NOTE: This is the worst president ever, in the history of the United States, and now he’s unleashed, a lame duck president he’s more emboldened now more than ever.
Obama Meets Raúl Castro, Making History
PANAMA — President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba met here Saturday in the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century.
Seated beside Mr. Castro in a small room in the convention center downtown where the Summit of the Americas was being held, Mr. Obama called it a “historic meeting.”
“Our governments will continue to have differences,” he said at a news conference wrapping up the summit meeting. “At the same time, we agreed that we can continue to take steps forward that advance our mutual interests.”
He called his meeting with Mr. Castro “candid and fruitful,” and said work would continue on the goal he announced in December of re-establishing diplomatic relations and reopening embassies in Havana and Washington.
Still, Mr. Obama said crucial steps in the normalization process would not be completed rapidly. He stopped short of announcing a final decision, now widely expected, to remove Cuba from the United States’ list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying he wanted to study it further.
It’s absurd, and it’s pure Obama.
The Obama WH has chosen to listen to its Muslim Brotherhood advisers and not name the name that should be named for the supposed fear that it will alienate those who belong to that unnamed group. Doing so carries with it the task of preforming mental and verbal gymnastics that keep other parties directly affected by the unnamed group remaining unnamed themselves. So we have actors and victims on both sides remaining unnamed due to a fraudulent policy of not naming names.
And the nameless shall remain unnamed. — Barack Obama
The WH’s Response to Kenya Massacre Is Logically Consistent — and Utterly Absurd
What caused nearly 150 deaths at Kenya’s Garissa University College last week? The Associated Press summarizes: “The attackers separated Christian students from Muslim ones and massacred the Christians.” Yet here is what the White House had to say in response:
And the U.S. Department of State:
I noted in February that “Christian,” as either adjective or noun, was conspicuously absent from the White House statement condemning the beheading of 22 Egyptian Coptic Christians — or, as the White House called them, “citizens.”
We live in perilous times with a radical idiot at the helm.
NETANYAHU WARNS IRAN DEAL ‘EVEN WORSE’; OBAMA GOES GOLFING
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that an emerging nuclear deal with Iran was “even worse” than Israel had feared, warning of a new Iranian “axis” that was “dangerous for all of humanity and which much be stopped.”
Netanyahu’s comments, reported by news agencies, came as Western leaders changed travel plans to extend negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland in the hopes of reaching agreement on a framework for a deal before Tuesday’s March 31 deadline.
TT commenter KV:
Barack Hussein Obama’s policies will inevitably remind of the Germanwings co-pilot, who directed the aircraft in a final desperate act the towards the ground, killing all involved. The captain-congress, who served little purpose were locked outside the cab, as he turned his plane, and all involved, into a nose dive, by allowing Iran nuclear weapons. Congressional representatives noticed what was happening and tried to get back into the cockpit of the plane to correct the course, but were unable to break down the door and the passengers screamed in terror as the plane hit the mountain.
— Daniel Pipes (@DanielPipes) March 29, 2015
The entire constitution and system of government is crafted to thwart leaders like Obama, but if the opposition in weak and refuses to use the tools made available to them, then tyranny will continue undeterred.
HAMILTON’S WARNING AGAINST OBAMA AND THE IRAN DEAL – FEDERALIST NO. 75
“An ambitious man might make his own aggrandizement, by the aid of a foreign power, the price of his treachery to his constituents.” Thus did Alexander Hamilton warn the American people, in Federalist No. 75, against allowing the president to make treaties alone.
Hamilton, while a supporter of executive power, nevertheless argued for the Senate’s treaty role, because “it would be utterly unsafe and improper to intrust that power to an elective magistrate of four years’ duration.”
It would be unsafe, he said, because even the most virtuous individuals, with the best of intentions, would fall prey to the temptations that negotiations with foreign powers would certainly provide.
How much more so does his advice apply to a president of lesser virtue, such as Barack Obama, who intends to decrease the power of the United States as a matter of ideological conviction, and who seeks narcissistic satisfaction in the attention a deal with Iran would temporarily provide!
Hamilton also anticipated the greed allegedly displayed by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, whose perambulations around the globe in service of the president’s dubious foreign policy agenda coincided with generous donations from foreign governments to her family’s personal foundation.
“An avaricious man might be tempted to betray the interests of the state to the acquisition of wealth,” Hamilton warns, prescribing the review powers of the Senate as the remedy.
Words do not properly describe the disgust that I fell for this man.
Iranian Defector: ‘U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf’
An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America’s role in the nuclear negotiations.
“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, plus Germany.
— Omri Ceren (@cerenomri) March 28, 2015
— Omri Ceren (@cerenomri) March 28, 2015
The British Telegraph has details of Motaghi’s defection:
A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.
Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA).
He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told.
“There are a number of people attending on the Iranian side at the negotiations who are said to be journalists reporting on the negotiations,” he told Irane Farda television. “But they are not journalists and their main job is to make sure that all the news fed back to Iran goes through their channels.
Passed on to you, and you and you……
Seeing as the costs will come due only after Barack Obama has left the White House, I guess he doesn’t care how high those costs are. But the costs are horrendous, as just added up by our country’s foremost authority on such things, Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation.
Rector told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week that the lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits paid to the millions of immigrants to whom Obama is granting legal status will be about $1.3 trillion. Rector’s calculation is based on his assumption that at least 3.97 million immigrants will receive legal status under Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, and the average DAPA beneficiary has only a 10th-grade education.
DAPA recipients, according to Rector’s calculations, will receive $7.8 billion every year once they get access to the refundable earned income tax credit and the refundable additional child tax credit. Those EITC and ACTC recipients will also be allowed to claim credit for three years of illegal work, which will sock U.S. taxpayers for another $23.5 billion.
This was confirmed by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who told Congress on Feb. 11 that immigrants who didn’t pay any taxes or who used fake Social Security numbers will nevertheless be able to claim back refunds under EITC once they get new Social Security numbers under Obama’s amnesty. Koskinen said that he doesn’t know how much these tax refunds will cost and that the White House never checked with him before announcing the amnesty.
More here. h/t: Fjordman
When treachery turns to schadenfreude.
UPDATE: Mirabelle over at Israellycool (h/t Brian of London) has found some interesting aspects to the case, it appears that the Reagan admin. had never classified the document in question, so it couldn’t legally be held for any longer than the three years after the initial enquiry to release it.
Beyond that, people who want to cast blame have two places to look: First, US President Reagan’s Department of Defense, for unknown reasons, never labeled the report “Classified” to begin with, despite the fact that it contains the nuclear secrets of several other US allies in addition to Israel. Second, the existence of the report was first disclosed by the Jerusalem Post in 1990. If the Post had never mentioned the report in an article about supercomputers, Smith would never have asked for it first in a FOIA request and then in court.
NOTE: I still keep the picture of Obama in the piece, because we all know well and good that he’s doing high fives over this turn of events. Do take note, that this is an administration that stonewalls on a whole host of issues, being the least transparent in recent memory. They just couldn’t somehow manage to do the same with this information about Israel.
US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program
By Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.
But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.
The timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu’s March 3 address in Congress, in which he warned against the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program and how the deal being formed on that program leaves the Islamic regime with nuclear breakout capabilities.
Another highly suspicious aspect of the document is that while the Pentagon saw fit to declassify sections on Israel’s sensitive nuclear program, it kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document.
The 386-page report entitled “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations” gives a detailed description of how Israel advanced its military technology and developed its nuclear infrastructure and research in the 1970s and 1980s.
According to a reliable TT source: ”In response to a lawsuit by Grant Smith and his “IRmep,” or Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, filed in 2012, the 1987 report in question was both declassified and redacted. Though the IRmep may sound innocuous, but there’s virtually nothing “Middle East Policy” about it. It’s all paranoia about Israel and “the Israel lobby.””
1. A decision for a document’s declassification and release doesn’t take three years to decide.2. It’s in keeping with government policy for any Top Secret document less than 30 years old, to be rejected for public use. The material isn’t due for a declassification review at that point. You can sue for TS material, but there is no obligation whatsoever for the federal government to give it to you.3. Based on these facts alone, the decision to release the document was due to timing and an ulterior motive.4. Add to that the fact that only the Israel section was released (the classified info on the other country sections was redacted), and it does look awful darn particular.
The only purpose of which is to enrich weapons grade uranium.
This of course comes on the heels of the IAEA confessing that Iran hasn’t been allowing it access to their sites nor providing needed information for some time now. Also, they (Iran) refuses to sign any written deal with the international community (P5+1).
Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports
The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.
The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the number of centrifuges it runs at its Natanz facility and accept other restrictions on nuclear-related work.
Instead of uranium, which can be enriched to be the fissile core of a nuclear weapon, any centrifuges permitted at Fordo would be fed elements such as zinc, xenon or germanium for separating out isotopes used in medicine, industry or science, the officials said. The number of centrifuges would not be enough to produce the amount of uranium needed to produce a weapon within a year — the minimum time-frame that Washington and its negotiating partners demand.
They’ll lie about anything, and with the straightest of faces.
PSAKI: BERGDAHL SWAP ‘ABSOLUTELY’ ‘WORTH IT’
State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was “absolutely” “worth it” and that Bergdahl “served his country as many men and women have” on Wednesday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel.
“Was it worth it? Absolutely. We have a commitment to our men and women serving in our military defending our national security every day that we’re going to do everything to bring them home if we can and that’s what we did in this case” she stated.
She also expressed confidence that the US would be able to keep an eye on the five Guantanamo detainees released for Bergdahl, saying “we have the ability to track and work with the Qataris. The reason that we know that individuals were reportedly online and engaging with individuals they shouldn’t be is because we track it. It means the system of tracking works.”
Like we all knew, Obama traded five top enemy operatives for a sleazy traitor.
Obama has great disdain for the military, and for America, so it’s easy to understand his anti-American moves as the street-organizer-in-chief.
- SUSAN RICE FLASHBACK: BERGDAHL SERVED ‘WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION’
At the time, Obama recognized Berghdal’s release as a victory for the American people.
“On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal,” he said, after receiving news that the mission to retrieve him was successful.
BOWE BERGDAHL CHARGED WITH DESERTION
Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who has long been suspected of abandoning his Afghanistan outpost in 2009, has been charged with desertion, Bergdahl’s attorney has told the media.
Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s lawyer, told the Washington Post that his client was handed the desertion charge sheet on Tuesday. The Army has announced that they will update the public on Bergdahl’s case at 3:30 p.m. eastern time.
Last year, in an unprecedented act, the Obama administration agreed to release five top Taliban commanders in exchange for the charged Army deserter. The government of Qatar–which has frequently been accused of aiding and abetting terrorist groups–served as an intermediary for the negotiations between the Taliban and the U.S. government.
The Taliban commanders are now reportedly living large in Doha. They will soon be allowed to leave the country, because the negotiated settlement only required that they stay in Qatar for one year. Soon, they will be free to re-engage in their jihad against the United States.
When Bergdahl reached the U.S., White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice said that he served with “honor and distinction,” a claim that she still defends.
“He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty. He is now being tried in the court of public opinion after having gone through enormously traumatic five years of captivity,” said Rice.
Like radio talk show host Mark Levin says in describing Obama’s contempt for the rule of law (and the American people) when it doesn’t go his way: ”Catch me if you can”.
“The defendant did the exact opposite and gave 100,000 renewals for a term of three years under the expanded DACA,” Colmonero said. “The defendant didn’t inform the court until March 3—15 days after the injunction was filed.”
FEDERAL JUDGE ADMONISHED DOJ OVER APPARENT DECEPTION: ‘I WAS MADE TO LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT’
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Government lied to a federal judge, misrepresented facts and illegally gave 100,081 illegal aliens immigration status despite a pending lawsuit and an injunction. That is the argument that attorneys representing Texas and more than two dozen other states made.
During the heated court hearing Andrew Hanen, a U.S. District Court Judge, said that the apparent violation had made him look like an idiot since he initially believed the U.S. Government.
In a heated court hearing Angela Colmonero from the Texas Attorney General’s office stated that Texas had acted promptly in November 2014 upon learning of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty and had followed all the timelines set forth with a sense of urgency.
“This was done to preserve the status quo and to prevent irreparable damage to the state,” Colmonero said referring to the cost that the individuals would bring and to the incentive for further illegal immigration. “You can’t put toothpaste back in the tube.”
During the hearings leading to an injunction handed down by Judge Hanen, attorney’s with the Department of Justice claimed that if an injunction was filed nothing would be done. That wasn’t the case, the Texas attorney said.
“The defendant did the exact opposite and gave 100,000 renewals for a term of three years under the expanded DACA,” Colmonero said. “The defendant didn’t inform the court until March 3—15 days after the injunction was filed.”
NOTE: When the game and goal is to create a situation where millions of illegal aliens are now de facto dependants on the welfare system, getting any politician in the future (after the court finally catches up with the illegal actions of this government) to reverse these actions is going to prove near impossible. Obama and the Dems know this, and that’s why they’re acting fast, in hyperdrive, to impose their will on the rest of society because they know that they can get away with it.