As The Deadline Looms, Will The Race Be On When The Deal Is Done? *Open Thread*

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That would be the ARMS race in the Middle East as a result of the deal the United States, led by the bumbling John Kerry, strikes with Iran? Bear in mind, this whole negotiation isn’t just between the USA and Iran. Oh, no. There are other countries at that table who will be impacted by the very weak deal Kerry is working so hard to effect.

One of those countries at the table is Great Britain. They are very concerned about where things are heading. From Reuters:

Failure to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would mean a “fundamentally” more unstable Middle East and the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the region, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Talks between major powers and Iran on Tehran’s nuclear program are due to resume in Switzerland later this week.

“Agreement is deliverable if we continue on this track. But to reach it, the time has come for Iran to show flexibility and take tough decisions,” Hammond said in a speech in London late on Wednesday, according to extracts released by his office.

“I remain clear that no deal is better than a bad deal. But we should also be clear-eyed about the alternative. No deal means no restrictions on enrichment, no restrictions on research and development, and no independent monitoring or verification. It means a fundamentally more unstable Middle East, with the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the region.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No kidding that “no deal is better than a bad deal.” Unfortunately, our Secretary of State and our President do not seem to share that mindset. Rather, they seem to think if they capitulate on matters small and large, Iran will like us better, and stop chanting, “Death to America!”

Okay, that is my own take on it, but that is sure how it seems because at this point, one side seems to be getting a whole lot more out of this deal than the other. From Fox News:

[…] Adding another layer of complexity to the difficult negotiations, The Wall Street Journal, citing Western officials, reported late Monday that there are signs that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has not granted his negotiators the power to budge from their positions on certain critical issues.

In particular, the Journal reported that Khamenei has repeatedly insisted that U.N. sanctions be lifted immediately once any deal takes effect. By contrast, the U.S. and the other nations involved have proposed that sanctions would only be lifted gradually and be tied to Iran living up to promises it has made in any agreement.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday that Iran’s expectations from the talks are “very ambitious” and not yet acceptable to his country or the other five negotiating: the U.S., Britain, China, France and Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left the talks on Monday and planned to return only if the prospects for a deal looked good.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, told Iranian state television on Monday that the talks were not likely to reach any conclusion until “tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yeah, no kidding. They have today as their deadline, but the Powers-That-Be are saying that they REALLY have a deadline for June. Still, they are working to hammer something out. But it isn’t looking good for us, for Israel, or for Saudi Arabia. One of my US Senators, Lindsey Graham, had this to say about that very point, about the deadline today and about the potential for a nuclear arms race:

Yep, Iran is a liar and a cheater. Never mind the whole, “Death to America and Israel!” stand. You cannot trust them to do what they say they are going to do no matter what.

For a comprehensive overview of the talks about Iran and its nuclear capabilities, I recommend this Wall Street Journal piece, Iran Nuclear Talks Q&A: Objectives and Deadlines. For instance, there is this pertinent piece about Israel:

[…] Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the biggest critic of a deal?

He’s a big one, but has a lot of company among Obama administration critics at home and abroad. A veto-proof majority of House lawmakers last week sent President Barack Obama a letter warning that they must be convinced a nuclear agreement closes off all pathways to a bomb before they consider voting on legislation to permanently lift sanctions.

Earlier this month, 47 Republican senators, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark., sent a letter to Iran’s leaders warning that Congress would have a say in any final accord. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said he will schedule a vote on his bill to give Congress an up-or-down vote on the deal on April 14, as soon as Congress returns from its recess. Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) have drafted legislation that would introduce sanctions if the U.S. and Iran don’t reach an accord by the end of June.

Abroad, Israel and the U.S.’s partners in the Persian Gulf are also worried about the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of an emboldened Iran. Mr. Netanyahu didn’t stop after he addressed a full session of Congress in early March to urge them to scuttle a deal. He said Sunday that the agreement being discussed in Switzerland was worse than he had previously feared.

Persian Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, are wary of Iran’s influence in the Middle East and fear a nuclear deal and sanctions relief could embolden Iran to have an even heavier hand in the region. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I fear the worst with this deal, too. We have seen too many times how willing this Administration is to target its enemies across the aisle while placating the enemies of the country and its allies. I just hope and pray our Congress stands up for us, and stands against giving away the store to this most dangerous of countries.

There is more going on, including the continued drama over Indiana’s new RFRA and against Gov. Mike Pence (here is the link to his WSJ piece today on this law), another ginned up controversy to incite anger and vitriol to divide us courtesy of the Left and its willing minion, the MSM. But that’s just my take on it. Feel free to discuss that and whatever else is on your minds!

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23 Responses to “As The Deadline Looms, Will The Race Be On When The Deal Is Done? *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Obama and Kerry not only do not understand that “no deal” is better than a “bad deal” they also cannot seem to understand that those are NOT the only two endgames.

    Obama is so desperate for a “legacy” he’s willing to sign off on damn near anything. If anything ever proved that all he cares about is himself this certainly does!

    As for Kerry? What can you say about this buffoon?

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      They are on Iran’s side, Family ya know. 👿

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      AWESOME comment and cartoon, Marge! That really does say it all, doesn’t it? Along with the whole “family” comment by Foxy. No doubt, ValJar has a BIG hand in all of this.

      It is truly disturbing as Iran continues to demonstrate precisely WHY they should never be trusted. But that doesn’t make it through the thick skulls of Obama and Kerry, much to the potential danger it sets us (the nation) up against…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    I> I thought this was clever and sadly all too true.

    How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Clintons?

    This being the 50th anniversary of the film “The Sound of Music,” please permit me a poor adaption of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate.

    How do you solve a problem like the Clintons? Their incessant vacuuming of cash and skirting (no pun intended) of laws and regulations would place lesser mortals in danger of prison, yet the Clintons’ walk free, their money-making careers booming.

    “Dough, we fear, we need more, dear

    ‘Ray,’ the name of a Clinton foe

    Me, a name that fits myself

    Fah, as far from law I run

    So, I say when bending laws

    La, a shrug to follow so

    Tee(off), with me for lots of ‘bread’

    Which brings us back to dough.”

    And lots of it.

    OK, so I’m not Rogers or Hammerstein, but, joking aside, why can’t Hillary Clinton just hand over the email server she kept in her home for “private” emails? I’ll tell you why, because she, or someone else, has wiped it clean and we are to take her word for it that there was nothing there before it was wiped.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/2015/03/31/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-the-clintons-n1978434

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Just to prove a point, this is how dangerous Iran is: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Iran-is-placing-guided-warheads-on-Hezbollah-rockets-395679

  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10441901_935153396535417_515493154287429768_n.jpg?oh=8cbf1573cbf952bcc7be8b4f7317102a&oe=55B33479

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Since people don’t seem to understand that RFRA is to protect those who practice their faiths from the state, here is a perfect example of why such a law is necessary (unfortunately): http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/03/29/attending-college-shouldnt-cost-me-my-faith-california-state-university-deactivates

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Townhall.com had an article abt Reid, and this video of him answering a question if he regretted lying abt Mitt Romney (http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2015/03/31/harry-reid-n1978847):

    He is a despicable man, and our country has suffered under his “leadership” of the Senate. I, for one, will be thrilled to see him go.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Condemned out of his own arrogant mouth! He proves he has no interest in the truth. Or common decency for that matter. What a scumbag!

      I accidently caught a minute of Letterman last night and he was talking about Reid retiring to spend more time with his family. Then he said, “Maybe he should ask the family first.” I don’t like Letterman but I thought that was funny. Or maybe I just thought it was funny because I loathe Harry Reid so much.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – that is funny, and I don’t care for Letterman, either. But yeah – the smug, arrogant way he shrugged his shoulders and made it clear he didn’t give a DAMN abt the truth – just smearing a good man so his guy could win. That’s how Reid rolls, and how he ruled. Can’t get rid of him soon enough…

  7. foxyladi14 Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      PERFECT. That is exactly it. You have Gov. Malloy of CT calling Pence “stupid,” when his state has a similar law. You have all these companies claiming they are going to boycott IN, while doing business with countries that KILL gay people. They hypocrisy is STAGGERING.

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    NY Times Shocking Revelation: Evangelical Rubes Risk Their Lives to Help Poor, Black Foreigners

    I think it’s good for the country whenever anyone, even a Times columnist, gets a glimpse at the absurdity of his own bigotry.

    In news that must have shocked the vast majority of New York Times subscribers, columnist Nicholas Kristof this week divulged that he has seen evangelical Christians doing selfless, crucial service in the world’s most dangerous places among the most desperately poor, even though liberals know evangelicals are religious bumpkins.

    Today, among urban Americans and Europeans, “evangelical Christian” is sometimes a synonym for “rube.” In liberal circles, evangelicals constitute one of the few groups that it’s safe to mock openly.

    Yet the liberal caricature of evangelicals is incomplete and unfair. I have little in common, politically or theologically, with evangelicals or, while I’m at it, conservative Roman Catholics. But I’ve been truly awed by those I’ve seen in so many remote places, combating illiteracy and warlords, famine and disease, humbly struggling to do the Lord’s work as they see it, and it is offensive to see good people derided.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/03/31/ny-times-shocking-revelation-evangelical-rubes-risk-their-lives-to-help-poor-black-foreigners/#ixzz3W3L2Y4cm

    Note how quickly Kristof scuttles to distance himself from those icky do-gooders. Even when saying something honest and decent he had to pander to the lowest in his party. Which is pretty much all of them. Oops am I being nasty? Fancy that.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is “offensive” indeed, especially when these caricatures are based in little more than opinion. Yet we have seen just this week how much opinion rules the day rather than facts. And not for nothing, Kristoff and his ilk are the ones to blame for perpetuating this kind of caricature so often rather than treating everyone, whether they agree with them politically/religiously or not, with some RESPECT.

      I guess I should be grateful Kristoff is at least pointing out that they aren’t all rubes…

      Thanks for this!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Then there’s the “truth” in this cartoon…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No kidding! I saw this morning how many minutes the MSM have directed toward the Indiana scandal (sarc) and how much toward Clinton’s wiping her server clean. Guess which one got more time – by a LOT??? Yeah – Indiana. A law like so many other states have. That’s how they roll.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Josh Kraushaar explains some of the political maneuvering coming from the left. I am always amazed that they, both parties, maneuver for votes than rather out of conviction. Its okay with me so long as they represent the will of the people. But it really doesn’t say much for their character. Only for their desire for election or re-election. Russ Feingold is rearing his liberal head again here in Wisconsin and that concerns me. Because he will never change what he believes, only what he says.

    Great White Hope: Why Some Dems Are Moving Right

    Most of the Senate battlegrounds run through the Midwest—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio—along with New Hampshire, which carries demographic similarities with those older, whiter Great Lakes states. To defeat the vulnerable Republican incumbents, Democrats have a challenging task ahead: Making inroads with blue-collar voters, who have been stubbornly resistant to the party’s agenda since Barack Obama’s time as president.

    It’s no coincidence that Democrats are turning to candidates with biographies tailored to appeal to this constituency. Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced her candidacy Monday against Sen. Mark Kirk by touting her working-class upbringing and service in the military. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who represented a blue-collar district in the House, is the expected Democratic nominee against Sen. Rob Portman. Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, a populist who championed campaign-finance reform during his last Senate tenure, is eyeing a comeback against the businessman who defeated him in 2010. And former three-star Navy Admiral Joe Sestak, a former two-term congressman from the working-class Philadelphia suburbs, is an early front-runner to face a rematch against Sen. Pat Toomey.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/against-the-grain/great-white-hope-why-some-dems-are-moving-right-20150331

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, boy abt Feingold. I used to like him. Those days are gone.

      Gee, that was some not-so-subtle race card being played in this article, wasn’t it? You know abt how white folks “have been stubbornly resistant to the party’s agenda since Barak Obama’s time as president.”

      Yeah – we got it – white people are racist. It has nothing to do with the numerous failed policies and actions of this president, or his Constitutional overreach, scandals, etc. Ugh.

      Thanks for this!

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