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US, Iran Have Been Talking Secretly For Months

From a cheering Associated Press:

Secret US-Iran talks set stage for nuke deal

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE | November 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned.

The discussions were kept hidden even from America’s closest friends, including its negotiating partners and Israel, until two months ago, and that may explain how the nuclear accord appeared to come together so quickly after years of stalemate and fierce hostility between Iran and the West…

How wonderful. Allah knows we don’t want the American public to know what is going on. And we certainly don’t want Israel to know it’s being sold down the river.

President Barack Obama personally authorized the talks as part of his effort – promised in his first inaugural address – to reach out to a country the State Department designates as the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism.

Obama seems to think the Tea Party is the world’s most active sponsor of terrorism.

The talks were held in the Middle Eastern nation of Oman and elsewhere with only a tight circle of people in the know, the AP learned. Since March, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden’s top foreign policy adviser, have met at least five times with Iranian officials.

The last four clandestine meetings, held since Iran’s reform-minded President Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated in August, produced much of the agreement later formally hammered out in negotiations in Geneva among the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran, said three senior administration officials. All spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss by name the highly sensitive diplomatic effort.

The AP was tipped to the first U.S.-Iranian meeting in March shortly after it occurred, but the White House and State Department disputed elements of the account and the AP could not confirm the meeting…

So the AP kept their mouths shut. Just like they would have if this had been done by a Republican President.

The Geneva deal provides Iran with about $7 billion in relief from international sanctions in exchange for Iranian curbs on uranium enrichment and other nuclear activity…

Plus they will get another $4 billion from oil revenues that had been blocked by sanctions. So Iran will have an extra $11 billion dollars to build more reactors and fund terrorism. (By the way, they have already announced that they are going to build more reactors.)

The diplomatic gamble with Iran, if the interim agreement holds up and leads to a final pact preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, could avert years of threats of U.S. or Israeli military intervention. It could also prove a turning point in decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran – and become a crowning foreign policy achievement of Obama’s presidency.

Not the Arab Spring? Not stopping Syria’s weapons of mass destruction?

And speaking of Syria, it seems like only yesterday Obama was ready to go to war to stop Syria from using its WMDs because they wanted to send a message to Syria’s sponsor, Iran. And now look what he is doing.

But if the deal collapses, or if Iran covertly races ahead with development of a nuclear weapon, Obama will face the consequences of failure, both at home and abroad. His gamble opens him to criticism that he has left Israel vulnerable to a country bent on its destruction and that he has made a deal with a state sponsor of terrorism…

When this deal collapses it will be buried. Just like all of his other failures. Such as Egypt.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US, Iran Have Been Talking Secretly For Months”

  1. captstubby

    Secret US-Iran talks set stage for nuke deal
    | Associated Press
    “With their destination and mission among America’s closest guarded secrets,Even America’s closest allies were kept in the dark…
    kept hidden even from America’s closest friends.”

    sure are a lot of secret talks in the most transparent WH ever.
    as always,When this deal collapses the president will deny any knowledge of the meetings.

    how true to form of Democrat Administrations ,meeting in secret (the Crimea Conference) to decide other nations ( Israel ) politics and Unfavorable destiny.

    when the musics stops, who doesn’t have a chair?


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