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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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 12:55 pm
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Hopefully an educated commentary

I don't see tight sancions on any country as being a diplomatic solution, BUT it may be the only solution with Iran. Iran is obveously #### bent on having a nuclear weapon. As I have said earlier, this "deal" to verify Iran's complience is a bunch of horse poo!! Every country deserves the right to build nuclear reactors for generating electricity, BUT I believe Iran has way more than enough centrofuges to have a 4% to 8% enriched u-235 uranium for a peacefull generating electrical reactor. Again, my dad's opinion rings in my mind, "At what point does The US have the right to demand anything from Iran??" Again, The US didn't get into WW2 untill directly attacked!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 12:58 pm
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"Again, The US didn't get
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"Again, The US didn't get into WW2 untill directly attacked!"

Incorrect statement.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 01:04 pm
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Just curious T3....are you
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Just curious T3....are you saying that Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor was the reason we went to war with Germany?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 01:05 pm
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HA @ 11:39

"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"

You are correct, YET AGAIN! The only reason I know this is due to watching docutramas. I believe, though I could be wrong, that Joe Kennedy, Jr. was killed during this period.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 12/03/13 - 01:13 pm
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HA @ 12:04

"Just curious T3....are you saying that Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor was the reason we went to war with Germany?"

It is very true, which you have stated more than once, that I get too much of my history by watching television. I believe The US government was aware of the on-going slaughter in Europe, BUT I still believe The US was not going to get completely into the fight untill Pearl Harber.

As usual, you have gotten the better of me, so I think I will just read comments for a while!!

KSL
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KSL 12/03/13 - 01:30 pm
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In 1940, my dad graduated

In 1940, my dad graduated from high school. He and some of his friends went to Canada to try to enlist. Being that they were 17, and needed parental consent, they were unsuccessful and had to bide their time.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 12/03/13 - 01:54 pm
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fdr..also helped great

fdr..also helped great britian by lending them destroyer and deystroyer escorts to guard the vital convoys when britian was on its own..plus after they crossed into us controlled waters we took over the escort duties...we gave them arms and supplies under the lend lease act...but the majority of the country wanted no part of the european war..FDR was absoluetely right about hitler...too bad he was so horrible during the great depression..

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 02:59 pm
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"our friends in
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"our friends in Israel."

Would these be the same 'friends' who attacked the USS Liberty?

Would these be the same 'friends' who spy on the U.S.?

US National Security Agency (NSA) 'spies on US for Israel'
Press TV-Dec 1, 2013

The US's National Security Agency (NSA) actually spies on the US on the behest of Israel, writes Gordon Duff

Would these be the same Israel 'friends' we spy on?

Would these be the same 'friends' we wink at as they take more and more of the Palestinian land by force.

Oh, yes! Obama/Bush/Clinton tells them not to, but what has he/they done about it.

Let's face it and all be truthful adults about it, if it were not for the Middle East oil, the U.S. could care less about Israel.

(And the statement above that Arabs are treated better in Israel than Jews are in Arab countries - who's kidding who)?

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 03:26 pm
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"...too bad he was so
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"...too bad he was so horrible during the great depression."

Hitler...?

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deestafford 12/03/13 - 04:20 pm
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Many folks don't know that there are Arabs in elected positions

in Israel and many Arabs are Israeli citizens by choice.

As far as countries spying on one another...Friendly countries have always and will continue to spy on each other. Not only should one want to know what your enemies capabilities and intentions are, one should want to know the same as to your friends.

Only an idiot would not want to know what Obama is up to...friend or foe.

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teaparty 12/03/13 - 04:37 pm
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"...too bad he was so
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"...too bad he was so horrible during the great depression."
FDR did do one thing for the Depression, he put the GREAT in it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 04:50 pm
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So Dahreese...it's ok for the
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So Dahreese...it's ok for the US under Obama to spy on allies, but not for Israel?

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 04:56 pm
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"Many folks don't know that
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"Many folks don't know that there are Arabs in elected positions."

Yes, everything is just roses;

The only Palestinian woman in Israel’s parliament
Jonathan Cook The Electronic Intifada 25 February 2009

Israel to Ethnically Cleanse 70,000 Palestinians in Massive Negev Land Grab

"Determined to derail the US press for peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the far-right Likud government of Israel is moving ahead with among the biggest projects of ethnic cleansing in the sad…
Determined to derail the US press for peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the far-right Likud government of Israel is moving ahead with among the biggest projects of ethnic cleansing in the sad history of the Palestinian people, who have been made homeless and stateless by relentless Zionist colonization of their land.

"Israel to Ethnically Cleanse 70,000 Palestinians in Massive Negev Land Grab"

"Determined to derail the US press for peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the far-right Likud government of Israel is moving ahead with among the biggest projects of ethnic cleansing in the sad…
Determined to derail the US press for peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the far-right Likud government of Israel is moving ahead with among the biggest projects of ethnic cleansing in the sad history of the Palestinian people, who have been made homeless and stateless by relentless Zionist colonization of their land."

The fact/truth is, most of you who support Israel do so because in your 'Christian' backgrounds you 'swallow the idea' that Jews are 'god's favorite people' (What's the good of the rest of us, then?) and to oppose their takeover of Palestinian lands might be to 'oppose god' and that scares the bejezzuss out of you.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 04:59 pm
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"As far as countries spying
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"As far as countries spying on one another...Friendly countries have always and will continue to spy on each other. Not only should one want to know what your enemies capabilities and intentions are, one should want to know the same as to your friends."

Do you spy on your family and best friends?

Do they spy on you?

Is that what you want?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 05:05 pm
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"Do you spy on your family
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"Do you spy on your family and best friends?

Do they spy on you?

Is that what you want?"

Again...why is it ok for Obama?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 05:07 pm
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"................Palestinian
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"................Palestinian people, who have been made homeless and stateless by relentless Zionist colonization of their land."

And when do YOU intend to vacate the land you live on so that the natives can have it back? I'm sure a liberal would NEVER employ the "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 05:10 pm
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MY support of Israel comes
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MY support of Israel comes from the fact that it is one of the few nations in the mid-east that doesn't want to kill all people who are not of the same religion as they are......and do so with great efficiency.....but if you want to make up your reasons for us, because it makes you feel better...go right ahead.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 05:13 pm
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"I'm sure a liberal would
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"I'm sure a liberal would NEVER employ the "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy."

You're sure about a lot of things that are WRONG.

Fact is, Israel IS doing to the Palestinians what the Europeans did to the American natives.

Have I heard YOU holler about that?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 05:16 pm
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When are you leaving?
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When are you leaving?

You haven't heard (or seen) me holler about EITHER......I'm not the one being a hypocrite.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 05:19 pm
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"MY support of Israel comes
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"MY support of Israel comes from the fact that it is one of the few nations in the mid-east that doesn't want to kill all people who are not of the same religion as they are......and do so with great efficiency.....but if you want to make up your reasons for us, because it makes you feel better...go right ahead."

As I recall, every attack Israel has made in the Middle East has been ruthless (Including the attack on the U.S. Liberty).

Also, as a matter of fact, Israel’s claim to Palestine is a religious claim – by war if necessary – damn the inhabitants.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 05:17 pm
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"As I recall, every attack
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"As I recall, every attack Israel has made in the Middle East has been ruthless (Including the attack on the U.S. Liberty)."

But the rocket attacks on Israel were gentle and nice? Sheesh...See my last post.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 05:20 pm
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It's quite humerous to debate
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It's quite humerous to debate a liberal. They so frequently expose themselves for who they really are even more when you just keep presenting them with logic and facts.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 05:24 pm
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The U.S. Liberty didn’t
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The U.S. Liberty didn’t attack Israel. It was not ordered to and it wasn’t equipped to.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 05:24 pm
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You/ With logic and facts?
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You/ With logic and facts?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 06:05 pm
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Feel free yo debunk my logic
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Feel free to debunk my logic or dispute a fact I presented.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 05:39 pm
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I not only feel free to do
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I not only feel free to do so, I am free to do so.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 05:42 pm
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Let's see it.
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Let's see it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 06:03 pm
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No? Why am I not surprised?
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No? Why am I not surprised? See 4:20 pm post.

dahreese
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dahreese 12/03/13 - 06:06 pm
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You have to be willing and
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You have to be willing and able to ‘see’ it, and you’re not.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/03/13 - 06:07 pm
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Well I sure can't see it if
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Well I sure can't see it if you refuse to post it.....AGAIN see my 4:20 post...this is getting so funny I'm in stitches.

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