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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Why are these men smiling?

Why are Hassan Rohani and Ayatollah Ali Khameni smiling? Because Barack Hussein Obama and his Euroweenie partners are willing to provide them with nuclear reactors and equipment.

Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei feels confident enough, only a few days before June 30 (the deadline for a final-status nuclear deal with world powers), to thumb his nose at the international community, including the American government, and declare Iran's three noes: no to freezing its nuclear program, no to international oversight at its nuclear facilities, no to a phased lifting of sanctions (as proposed by the French). In other words, Khamenei is telling the world: Dear superpowers -- bite me.
Meanwhile, almost simultaneously, we have received an Associated Press report from Vienna that the U.S. and its partners conducting the negotiations with Iran are prepared -- for the sake of reaching a deal -- to even provide the Iranians with advanced nuclear reactors and equipment. This isn't a joke.
It's possible, perhaps, to imagine Khamenei rejecting this generous offer outright because the Americans aren't also including ballistic missiles in the package. If you're going to be generous, then you might as well go all the way.
Truth be told, this entire business to this point seems quite like a joke. The problem is that it's coming at our expense. And it's also not that funny. 

In November 2013, as a reminder, we were just several days before the interim agreement. I remember how the Iranian and Western delegations leaked information about the many difficulties in the negotiations, but that in the end, in the middle of the night, the deal was born (how shocking). Eventually, we saw virtually the same scenario unfold in Lausanne this past March -- the numerous problems were made public, the deadline was extended by a few days, and finally on April 2 we received the framework deal.
We can assume that in the coming days we will get to see "the best show in town," at the end of which, in contrast to the previous rounds, we can expect a final status deal with an Iran that is not only slated to become a nuclear power but a stabilizing force in our crumbling Middle East.

 What could go wrong?

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