Iran to Obama: ‘We lie!’

A reminder that after you unclench your fist, you can still cross your fingers: Iran has backed out of a deal to export its enriched uranium to Russia, in exchange for purely civilian nuclear materials from France.

Time magazine detailed the potential deal yesterday, also reporting that President Obama “personally weighed in three times during secret, multiparty negotiations with the Iranians over the last four months.” Arguably, the U.S. president should not have been personally involved in talks that may have granted only a temporary halt to an Iranian nuclear bomb. On the other hand, buying even a couple of years would have been extremely valuable given the progress the Iranians have been making.

Now the deal apparently is off. As Power Line notes, Tehran is “nevertheless using the negotiations to claim that the Obama administration has acceded to its nuclear enrichment program.” Even worse, a reader at InstaPundit points out that these negotiations were under way during the post-election riots in Iran in June, when the White House took its sweet time in deciding to speak out against the Iranian government’s violence against people protesting against the regime and its vote manipulation.

Perhaps this double-crossing will steel the president to sign legislation that would bar companies that sell gasoline to Iran from doing business in the U.S. — a more targeted approach than the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, which to my knowledge has never been enforced. (Read more about the rationale behind gasoline sanctions here.)

The gasoline sanctions are one of the last chances to stop the Iranian bomb without military action. If nothing else, Tehran’s reneging on the uranium deal is certainly a teachable moment on the limits of negotiating with implacable partners.

40 comments Add your comment

hass

October 20th, 2009
10:43 am

Iran had never agreed to the deal in the first place, which is the whole reason why these negotiations were undertaken. Iran is absolutely under no obligation whatsoever to accept these restrictions on its nuclear program, for which there is ZERO proof of a nuclear weapons program.

Churchill's MOM

October 20th, 2009
10:46 am

When will the RINO party return to being the Republican party? For the last 8 months the RINO party has done the same thing that they did under DeLay, work for the lobbyist not the taxpayer. Here is what it has got my party, 19% of the population is a Republican.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/morning-fix/morning-fix-beating-something.html?hpid=topnews

Davo

October 20th, 2009
10:48 am

Ridiculous.

To think that more sanctions will somehow alter the course of our relations with Iran is just plain insane….and everyone here should know what the definition of insanity is.

With the exception of Kyle, it seems. This softballing of neocon policy should be pretty apparent to everyone that understands real conservatism. Nice fear mongering here with that “..last chances to stop the Iranian bomb without military action.” Really? How much more war do you think people are gonna put up with…and for what? Pakistan has dozens of nukes, but from the silence from the neocons I guess we have nothing to worry about from them….right, Kyle?

Nice sources as well….fronts for pro-Israel lobbies. Their agenda is Kyle’s propaganda.

Old SARG

October 20th, 2009
11:00 am

We all need to hope that Obama is able to make a deal with Iran. You have never been in combat and it is not nice.

Logical123

October 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Reader hass is absolutely right. Iran never agreed to export its stockpile of 5% enriched uranium to Russia and France. They want simply to purchase 20% enriched uranium for their research facility. The problem is that Americans only hear what they want to hear. Hillary Clinton went to Russia, where everyone told her that it is not the time to talk about sanctions. Yet, she came back and claimed that Russia agreed with the US position on sanctions. The whole approach to Iran is idiotic. You cannot negotiate with people while threatening them. Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and even Obama are color blind. They only see things in black or white.

Saint Michael Traveler, San Diego, Ca, USA

October 20th, 2009
11:13 am

War is not the answer:
The way is through International Peace by Israel:
http://straveler-myamerica.blogspot.com/2009/09/international-peace-israel.html
We are all ventilating gas of highly speculative outcome for the meeting today: Iran-big power talks in Vienna start well: said ElBaradei.
Please wait and cool down and allow diplomacy to play its part. The following article may be a good primer for cooler heads in the months to come: “Five Myths About Iran’s Nuclear Program”, Washington Post:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/15/AR2009101503476_pf.html

I understand that Secretary of State Clinton has already initiated a war on expectations by pushing others (Russia and China) for a severe punishment of Iran. Last week, US Senate and the house of congress passed a resolution to be signed into law by President Obama to punish Iran with strong constrains on the freedom of commerce. Was USA sabotaging the outcome of the meeting today by pushing the wrongly timed resolution last week?

jconservative

October 20th, 2009
11:26 am

Someone please explain to me the big danger to US national interest in the existence of a nuclear armed Iran.

My personal Lord and Saviour, Rush Limbaugh

October 20th, 2009
11:33 am

We will not do anything to Obama Iranian brothers and sisters, he will let them get nukes and destroy america as we know it

Jefferson

October 20th, 2009
11:48 am

One is scared and the other one is glad.

Churchill's MOM

October 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

Why is your link always broke? Is the AJC trying to tell you something?

Shananeeeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeee

October 20th, 2009
1:49 pm

Obama lies, that is for sure. “I will give all existing businesses a $3,000 tax credit for each additional full time employee hired.” – Obama. That was a lie. “I will end all income tax for seniors who make less than $50,000 a year.” – Obama. That was a lie. To reform healthcare, “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies- they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN , so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making the arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” – Obama. That was a lie, actually this one is my favorite. Transparency? I don’t think so.

Churchill's MOM

October 20th, 2009
2:20 pm

another Palin Lady sent me this link, it pretty well shows what’s wrong with the RINO party

http://www.republicansforrape.org/

Kyle Wingfield

October 20th, 2009
2:22 pm

Churchill’s: Which link are you talking about?

Churchill's MOM

October 20th, 2009
2:26 pm

All morning when I try to get to your blog I get an error message.

I did not realise that there are 3 pages to the above, obviously the 2nd page is not the real Sara.

Churchill's MOM

October 20th, 2009
2:29 pm

Jim’s & your link are working now. Jim had the same problem.

Churchill's MOM

October 20th, 2009
2:39 pm

Wingboy

The message says Interner Explorer can not connect..my other searches are fine

http://blogs.ajc.com/kyle-wingfield/2009/10/20/iran-to-obama-we-lie/?cxntfid=blogs_kyle_wingfield

Churchill's MOM

October 20th, 2009
2:40 pm

that should have been

“Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage”

Kyle Wingfield

October 20th, 2009
2:42 pm

Strange. I’m not having the same problems. If anyone else is, please let me know.

David Axelfraud

October 20th, 2009
3:57 pm

Davo is a jew hater.

David Axelfraud

October 20th, 2009
3:58 pm

Churchill’s MOM, this is 2009 not 1998. Use Foxfire or Safari instead of Internet Explorer. Only government workers use Internet Explorer.

@@

October 20th, 2009
4:13 pm

Isn’t ElBaradei slated to leave at the end of this year? Not soon enough in my opinion.

He’s done nothing but delay the inevitable.

Chris Broe

October 20th, 2009
4:27 pm

Contrarian Iranian opinion: China is Iran’s ultimate shield. Oil.

Chris Broe

October 20th, 2009
4:53 pm

Clyde, Church is just f’ing with you. Let it go.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

October 20th, 2009
10:36 pm

Why are so many wingnuts scared of Iran?

Well, cowards are scared of most things!

Boo!

[...] AFTER YOU UNCLENCH YOUR FIST, you can still cross your fingers. [...]

Gerald West

October 21st, 2009
6:14 am

Something to think about. Why is the US alarmed that Iran may become a nuclear power? More than 12 other nations have nuclear arms. According to estimates there may be 25,000 of the damn things laying around under various states of protection. Why do we worry more about Iran’s 1 or 2 crude bombs instead of the 24,998 others? Why aren’t Iran’s neighbors, Russia for example, as panicked as the US by Iran’s determination to become another nuclear power?

Iran is surrounded by nuclear powers (Russia to the north, Pakistan to the east, Israel and US-occupied Iraq to the south, and US and NATO-occupied Afghanistan to the northeast). Iran needs nuclear weapons to join in the game of MAD (mutually assured destruction) that has protected the players from foreign attack for the last 60 years.

The Bush administration started all the girlish name-calling with Iran. Elected administrations, like dictatorships, need to develop foreign enemies to divert attention from their neglect of domestic social, economic, and infrastructure issues.

Let’s discard the naive “neo-con” views of the world in favor of clear-thinking and rational approaches.

Churchill's MOM

October 21st, 2009
8:09 am

Alex

October 21st, 2009
8:20 am

Are the readers here insane? Why wouldn’t the world want Iran to have the bomb? Let’s see what a wonderful country Iran is:

1) if you are gay, you are dead if caught. Death can come in some very unattractive ways…the best you might get is a public flogging. Caveat – this is definitely not a reason to prevent them from having the bomb, but it provides a very unsettling view into their absolutist mindset.
2) same for women adulterers (men are usually ok) – same caveat above applies
3) protest against the government – well we saw what happened there – same caveat as 1 applies.
4) publically say multiple times that you will wipe Israel off the face of the earth. And then once you are done that, go after all the other apostates in the middle east – ie: those who follow the other strain of Islam. No caveat here.
5) make sure you have medium range weapons that can strike southern Europe. Again no caveat.
6) back terrorist proxies who would use the bomb if given the opportunity – anyone think hamas or Hezbollah would not blow up a us city if they saw it in their interest is mistaken. Definitely no caveat here.

This is a country we want to allow to have the bomb? If it is, then the US and the western world will deserve what comes to them after Iran perpetrates another holocaust that we all know could be prevented. Once they wipe Israel off the face of the map and Obama says tsk tsk, they will move on to their next target…

John Davies

October 21st, 2009
8:26 am

Jconservative

>Someone please explain to me the big danger to US national interest in the existence of a nuclear armed Iran.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_pulse

N.J.

October 21st, 2009
9:10 am

Right.

The reason for Iran’s secrecy can be explained in a single word. Israel.

Every Muslim nation in the Middle East knows that Israel will attack a reactor, even a legitimately monitored one like Iraq’s Osirak reactor. Iraq came to the United States and ASKED to be allowed to construct a reactor, the U.S. asked the French to build it, it was in compliance with international rules, Israel didn’t like it, and destroyed it. Case closed.

And American professor of physics visited the Osirak reactor before Israel bombed it and stated:

“The Osirak reactor that was bombed by Israel in June of 1981 was explicitly designed by the French engineer Yves Girard to be unsuitable for making bombs. That was obvious to me on my 1982 visit.”

“Many claim that the bombing of the Iraqi Osirak reactor delayed Iraq’s nuclear bomb program. But the Iraqi nuclear program before 1981 was peaceful, and the Osirak reactor was not only unsuited to making bombs but was under intensive safeguards”

Many claim that it was Israel’s bombing of this reactor as well as Iraq’s non military reactor that set Iraq on a course to build such weapons to defend itself from future attack.

Dan Reiter has estimated that the attack on Iraq’s reactor may have accelerated Iraq’s nuclear-weapons program, and similar views have been forwarded by Dr. Imad Khadduri, an Iraqi nuclear scientist

George W. Bush has had an even worse effect. Virtually EVERY Arab nation in the Middle East, from Qatar to Egypt, has applied to the IAEA to notify them that they intend to start working on “peaceful” nuclear energy:

Qatar looking to nuclear energy to free up more oil and gas for export

ABU DHABI — Qatar has been examining the use of nuclear energy to augment conventional resources.
Officials said Qatar has contracted international experts to determine the feasibility of nuclear energy, beginning in December 2008..

Egypt unveiled its plans for nuclear reactors in 2006:

Egypt unveils nuclear power plan

Egypt is to revive the civilian nuclear power programme it froze 20 years ago following the accident at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5376860.stm

Israel is the problem in the Middle East with regard to nuclear weapons. Get Israel to give up its arsenal, which is about the only thing its heavy water plant in Dimona can produce, and the problem defuses itself.

Kyle Wingfield

October 21st, 2009
9:36 am

C’mon, Churchill’s. That story about the new deal happened after I posted. And I will go out on a limb and predict that Tehran won’t honor that agreement, either.

Davo

October 21st, 2009
9:59 am

N.J.

Welcome to the jew hater club.

j/k

Stu

October 21st, 2009
10:00 am

We must be proactive.

Kill all the Jews before Iran can and we will remove the impetus for Iran to do so.

Also, we should all martyr ourselves for the governments bidding. Our lives are not our own.

Remember the Vietnam!

Robert

October 21st, 2009
10:14 am

No proof of nuclear weapon intent? How about the fact than Iran doesn’t have a single power plant under construction that uses nuclear fuel.

Repukes ALL Suck Eggs

October 21st, 2009
10:29 am

Iran has as much right to nuclear weapons as the USA, or Israel, actually more right than the USA. Since America has already used nuclear weapons on a city, not just once either, the world should forcefully disarm AmeriKa NOW.

Churchill's MOM

October 21st, 2009
10:51 am

Kyle Wingfield
9:36 am

We should all hope you are wrong, we do NOT need another war.

Davo

October 21st, 2009
11:11 am

Senator Johnny Isakson on Expanding the Homebuyer Tax Credit
– or -
Let’s get those illegals working again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woVRJQMrCJw

You voted for TARP…I’m voting you out.

JF McNamara

October 21st, 2009
12:51 pm

Iran is happy with the attention plus they need to be at odds with the United States to maintain their political balance. If they make a deal, it will assure that we won’t attack them which kills their rhetoric about the evil U.S. and it takes the only uniting ideal (nukes) that the entire populace has away. It’ll fracture the balance of power, so they can’t strike a deal.

The U.S. just needs to negotiate. When the Iranians refuse to do a deal, we’ll have carte blanche to do whatever we want (sanctions wise) from other nations. They are painting themselves into a corner and enabling us to put a brick fortress on the edge of the paint line. Its great diplomacy by the State department.

Buford Gooch

October 21st, 2009
3:25 pm

Wow, there are some seriously unhinged people on here. If these are the people buying the AJC, I don’t think the paper’s outlook for survival is very good.

Sam

October 21st, 2009
5:22 pm

I suggest we have a stimulus package in line with the Honorable Senator Isakson’s renewal of the hosing stimulus.

I suggest we call it the war stimulus. A $472.78 tax credit for every limb you lose in wartime activities. Eyeballs will garner 20% and death…well, you’re SOL.

Lets also have a stimulus of stimlus. $10,000 for every purchase of Enzyte Male Stimulus – The Smiling Face.

And Buford Gooch for world saver of the world.