Why ease up when you're winning?

Obama administration inexplicably steps aside for a nuclear Iran

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Some say it was a clandestine arrangement. Israel says it’s a dangerous move. Iran says it’s a lie. Congress says it’s a mistake. Even France warned it was feeble.

The only way the Obama administration’s policy toward the Iranian nuclear program could be more of a mess is if it came with a Washington-run website.

When dealing with such a monumental issue – whether the terrorist, West-hating regime in Tehran gets to have nuclear weapons – clarity is essential. Clarity might just be the line between peace and cataclysm.

Clarity is not a word one would reasonably use to describe this situation.

After what some say was a secret deal with the rulers of Iran, the Obama administration has actually agreed to relax economic sanctions against the nation – even though Iran has taken zero steps to back away from its lust for nuclear weaponry.

The world has only now managed to hurt the Iranian economy enough to get the cantankerous, combative Iranian rulers to the negotiating table – and we’re about to let them off the hook.

And for very little in return. Few outside the White House think easing sanctions now will help deter the Iranians from nuclear proliferation. Most believe it will embolden them. Even leading Democrats in Congress such as Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York say tougher sanctions are needed, not lighter ones.

“The disproportionality of this agreement makes it more likely that Democrats and Republicans will join together and pass additional sanctions when we return in December,” Schumer said. “It was strong sanctions, not the goodness of the hearts of the Iranian leaders, that brought Iran to the table. And any reduction relieves the pressure of sanctions and gives them the hope that they will be able to obtain a nuclear weapon.”

Fellow Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel called the agreement “very disappointing.”

“What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement. It is an historic mistake,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned. “If you do a bad deal, you may get to the point where your only option is a military option.”

Nor could Washington and Tehran even agree last week on what they agreed on. Iranian officials said the Obama administration was lying about the details.

Whatever the case, Tehran comes out looking like a clear winner – managing to ease sanctions without giving up its enrichment of uranium.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “has won a major domestic victory,” a London-based analyst concluded.

Iran’s terrorist subsidiary Hezbollah declared the deal “a model victory and world class achievement” for Iran.

Of Mr. Obama’s claim that the deal has “halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program,” the Wall Street Journal wrote, “we devoutly wish this were true.”

Remarkably, the newspaper warned that congressional action “is the only way now to stop the President from accommodating a nuclear Iran.”

It’s a complete mess, and one that casts a pall over world peace and an existential shadow over our friends in Israel.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/03/13 - 12:45 am
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Obama's foreign policy is a

Obama's foreign policy is a disaster. Hillary was a disaster as Secretary of State and now Kerry has filled her shoes with even more disastrous results.

This was a "get a deal at any cost" move by the Obama administration. The last thing the Obama administration wanted was for Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. They were willing to suck up any kind of bad deal just to try and prevent Israel from taking action to protect themselves from the radical Iranian government becoming a nuclear power.

Basically Kerry signed on to an agreement that says Iran will not do something for 6 months that they could not have done for 6 months anyway. What schmucks Kerry and the Obama administration are.

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Jon Lester 12/03/13 - 03:20 am
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Existential threat to...what?

An ethnocentric apartheid regime? How can you claim kinship and shared values anyplace where the same rights are not enjoyed by every class of citizen? And if you're about to quote "democracy," then how is it that the decidedly undemocratic Sunni monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council share the same strategic goals in the Persian Gulf?

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ymnbde 12/03/13 - 07:01 am
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what Hitler's government didn't finish

Iran's government will
one must wonder why some people don't wonder why
O's government lets this happen
so goes Israel, so goes the civilized world
Lenin's government has truly been reborn in O's government

ymnbde
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ymnbde 12/03/13 - 07:03 am
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and John Lester, my goodness

are you equating western world human rights
with the human rights of the Muslim world?
keyboards should have rights of refusal
to be typed upon by such crappot assertions

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 07:57 am
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"Existential threat
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"Existential threat to...what? "

So if they don't share your values then threats to their existence don’t matter? How tolerant of you.

BTW..you DO realize that those so called "second class citizens" will be destroyed by the same weapons that are used to destroy those that the Iranians hate.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/03/13 - 07:52 am
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more backwoods rhetoric from
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more backwoods rhetoric from the AGC

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/03/13 - 08:09 am
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What Happens When Mossad Finds Proof?

“Iran would not have invested such a fortune [estimated at $200 billion] if in the end it does not produce nuclear weapons and turn Iran into a regional superpower,” the UK’s Sunday Times quoted an Israeli official as saying.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered Mossad to find evidence that Iran is continuing nuclear activities not allowed under the Geneva accord. What happens when they find this evidence and report it to the world? Can we trust the Obama administration to tell us the truth? Rhetorical question.

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localguy55 12/03/13 - 08:20 am
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No-one is surprised at this

No-one is surprised at this administrations Foriegn policy. Anything Obama and his minions touch turns to crap. Who ever said that the Anti-Christ would be intelligent, just persuasive. Obama is a con-man and his administration is made up of buffoons, educated idiots, and unindicted criminals.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 12/03/13 - 08:59 am
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give it a rest

Once again, the President wins a major foreign policy victory and, once again, his cynical, embittered opponents in Congress work in lock-step to cast it as a defeat.
Partly, of course, today's Republicans don't, as we have repeatedly seen, understand the idea of compromise. We gave up only a few of the sanctions, and the Iranians backed off on their nuclear program to allow for more negotiations. That's all good.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 09:04 am
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First, Rhetor...how is it a
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First, Rhetor...how is it a victory. Explain. How have they backed off one bit on their program. What evidece do you have of this?

Second.... "today's Republicans don't, as we have repeatedly seen, understand the idea of compromise. "

Would that be the same Republicans who submitted no less than 6 spending bills to prevent the government from shutting down, but the Senate refused to even vote on them because they refused to compromise....even when one of the compromises was to delay the individual mandate in the ACA....an action that they seem to think is necessary now that the website has foundered.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 09:05 am
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Give it a rest
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Is that liberal code for "stop pointing out the obvious, proven failures of our messiah."

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 12/03/13 - 09:21 am
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Israel is not the subject.

Israel is not the subject. But Arabs are actually treated quite well in Israel. You can't say the same for Jews in Arab lands!

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Bizkit 12/03/13 - 09:37 am
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Rhetor just a few weeks ago

Rhetor just a few weeks ago it was reported that Iran has the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb in a few weeks to months. So likely they already have at least one bomb. Iran hasn't stopped its program and the centrifuges still run. He will have a nuclear arsenal within the year-then he will use it as promised repeatedly. It's like dealing with a mentally ill patient who has promised to kill you and he has a knife and is now gong to kill you and you just ignore it as delusion. Obama is delusional if he thinks any diplomacy will work with this major goal of Iran. They've been lamenting the destruction of Israel for years-and because of our alliance they will attack the evil satan America too that supports them. Gosh folks how dense can you be. Obama may have some knowledge of the Constitution (though I'm not convinced) but he has none of foreign affairs (to him America is a foreign country), economic, or the skills to be a leader. Obama has gone from tough and the "redline" to being bullied by Putin and now taking his medicine and rolling over to appease Iran. Shameful after over a decade of efforts finally coming to fruition. Christians should find solace that the end and destruction of America is biblical as interpreted by some and hints to the second coming of Christ. Israel on the other hand will fair better-we shouldn't worry about protecting Israel because a greater power has it all in hand. Something to think about-possibly.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/03/13 - 09:39 am
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Michael or Christians in

Michael or Christians in muslim lands either.

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grouse 12/03/13 - 09:41 am
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"After what some say..."
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"After what some say..." using a variation of Fox's "some people are saying," I see. Poor journalism.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/03/13 - 09:49 am
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Progressives have a funny way

Progressives have a funny way of seeing a victory. You get beat up and bullied and you walk away thinking you won as your opponents laughs and ridicules you and takes all your possessions. Like health care-more people have lost their insurance, but they celebrate the few who now have it-at the cost of those who lost it. Bizarro World.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/03/13 - 09:53 am
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So Rhetor-give it a rest. You

So Rhetor-give it a rest. You don't have a cogent rational argument. It isn't a victory-period. "embittered opponents in Congress work in lock-step to cast it as a defeat"-yeah those bad Dems and Rep who are now planning for stringent sanctions. This isn't a party issue-period-its a national security issue. Which Obama cares as much about protecting Americans as he did protecting the ambassador in Benghazi.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/03/13 - 09:55 am
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Where are all the jew haters

Where are all the jew haters and anti-zionist? I know they want Iran to blow Israel off the face of the earth. I guess now their intentions are too transparent.

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carcraft 12/03/13 - 10:20 am
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Rhetor, The Democrates that

Rhetor, The Democrates that are against this treaty are also Republicans stealing Obama's thunder and raining on his victory Dance?

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deestafford 12/03/13 - 10:29 am
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Don't forget that before and right after he was elected Obama

did his best to play kissy-kissy with the president of Iran. He proudly announced that he could and would talk with the leader of Iran.

This narrcissist thought that just on his personality alone he could convince anyone to do his bidding just as he had been able to do all his life.

If Iran gets the bomb Saudi Arabia will buy one from Pakistan. We sometimes don't understand how much the majority of the Arab world distrusts and doesn't like Iran. This goes back centuries to the Persian
Empire.

Also don't forget that Valerie Jarrett, the true power in the White House was born in Iran and spent much of her early life there. The kissy-kissy with Iran is no isolated coincidence.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/03/13 - 11:16 am
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"Valerie Jarrett, the true

"Valerie Jarrett, the true power in the White House was born in Iran"

Yep, it's amazing how these early exposures manifest themselves later in life as REALLY BAD policy. Valerie's early childhood in Iran. Obama's time spent as a Muslim in a madrassa. Michelle's college classmate being a senior official in the Canadian company that got the Obamacare contract.

So now we have a REALLY one sided terrible agreement with Iran. Obama has put the entire Middle East and North Africa under the control of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. And we have a company that had already failed, and been banned, from further Canadian government contracts getting an open ended, now up to about $1 billion dollars, contract for the Obamacare web site that STILL IS NOT WORKING FOR CORRECTLY FOR THE USERS, HAS NO SECURITY, AND THE PART THAT ACTUALLY PAYS THE INSURANCE COMPANY HAS NOT EVEN BEEN PROGRAMMED YET.

Yep, funny about those early LOYALTIES that are not in the best interest of the country you are supposed to be working for.

Just remember.....the Republicans tried to tell you and, so far, have been 100% right.

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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 11:38 am
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editorial

My dad said, some ten years ago, that The US has no right to demand a foriegn country to do nor do not do anything. My dad was a Republican's Republican!! I know many politicans and Republican voters see the "deal" as a BAD MOVE!! I must say that I not only agree with "this is a bad deal", BUT I have to agree with my dad as well! I know "ALL" of you are saying, "Here goes the fence sitter yet again!!" I am of the frame of mind that all of the free world can tighten sankcions on Iran, yet not demand they do anything which they are capable of doing. If we must blame countries, let US blame the guilty countries of Russia, Communist China, and North Korea!! The US has not done anything to "forbid" these countries from making nuclear weapons, so what right does The US have in Iran's business??!!

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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 11:48 am
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But the difference is, when
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But the difference is, when has China, N Korea, Russia etc ever vowed to wipe and entire nation off the map, just because they hate them?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 12:05 pm
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HA @ 8:04

"Would that be the same Republicans who submitted no less than 6 spending bills to prevent the government from shutting down, but the Senate refused to even vote on them because they refused to compromise....even when one of the compromises was to delay the individual mandate in the ACA....an action that they seem to think is necessary now that the website has foundered"

I whole-heartedly agree with this part of your arguement, BUT isn't it a lot off of topic??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 12:15 pm
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HA @ 10:48

"But the difference is, when has China, N Korea, Russia etc ever vowed to wipe and entire nation off the map, just because they hate them?"

You are correct, BUT I don't believe The US can really trust any of them. Since Isreal is the target, shouldn't we take a "wait and see responce". I mean, Isreal is VERY capable of the first strick, BUT this could lead to a HUGH War!! I would even say, VERY UNFORTUNATELY, that it could be World War 3!! Tighter sancions is truly the ONLY answer!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 12:16 pm
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Talk to rhetor about the
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Talk to rhetor about the topic. It was he/she who said Republicans don't know how to compromise. Just wondering what his definition of compromise IS.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 12:18 pm
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"Since Isreal is the target,
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"Since Isreal is the target, shouldn't we take a "wait and see responce". "

Flash back 50 or so years.........................

Since Poland, England, and France are the targets, shouldn't we take a "wait and see response?"

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 12:29 pm
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Why ease up when you're winning?

This is the title of the editorial. I assume it is refering to the sancions. For once, I agree with ACES! In my opinion, THERE IS NO WAY to verify that Iran is "sticking" to the bargan!! I am to the frame of mind and attitude that I am starting to not even refer to Obama as President!! I mean, WHY SHOULD WE??!! I used to NOT agree with ANY of the bad mouthing that he was gettin, BUT NOW I see what the majority were saying!! Obamacare, Syrian deal, Iran deal, and the 6 "bad things" that he was accused of being a part of even before Syria and Iran!!!! I mean, "How can ANYONE trust Obama??!!"

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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 12:37 pm
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HA @ 11:18

"Since Poland, England, and France are the targets, shouldn't we take a "wait and see response?""

I agree, BUT The US did take a wait and see attitude. If my history teachers weren't lieing to me, The US got into WW2 because of Pearl Harber. I was taught that the majority of Americans did not want any part of WW2 untill Pearl Harber. I REALIZE that many, many people were killed or captured before The US got into the fight, BUT The US government WAS taking a wait and see attitude untill P. Harber.

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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 12:39 pm
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The US supplied pilots to
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The US supplied pilots to England LONG before Pearl Harbor was bombed. Your history teacher didn't lie...they just didn't tell the whole truth.

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