When is a deadline no longer a deadline? Hint: when the Iranians call their foreign minister back. When the Iranians produce 20 percent enriched uranium while so-called talks are ongoing. When the Iranians hold four Americans hostage and continue to chant, “Death to American, death to Israel.” It is no longer a deadline but just a ruse, and in the great traditions of Mohammed and the Treaty of Hudaibiya, it becomes nothing more than a delay, a stall tactic — which only the inept or complicit accept.
As reported by CNSnews.com, A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran’s foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough. Iranian media said Mohammed Javad Zarif’s trip was planned in advance. Still, the fact that he was leaving the talks so close to what had been the Tuesday deadline reflected both that the talks had a ways to go and his need to get instructions on how to proceed on issues where the sides remain apart — among them how much access Tehran should give to U.N. experts monitoring his country’s compliance to any deal. The United States insists on more intrusive monitoring than Iran is ready to give.
With these and other disputes still unresolved, the likelihood that the Tuesday target deadline for an Iran nuclear deal could slip was increasingly growing even before the U.S. confirmation. The dispute over access surfaced again Sunday, with Iranian Gen. Masoud Jazayeri saying that any inspection by foreigners of Iran’s military centers is prohibited.
Simply put, it is time for this ridiculous kabuki dance to end. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are so damaging the U.S. image on the international stage that we are probably featured in comedy routines in the Middle East. I have an idea! Someone needs to link the Ayatollah Khamenei and Hasan Rouhani to the Tea Party — and then you’d see a totally different attitude towards Iran by Obama.Just imagine, they could bring Lois Lerner out of hiding and unleash her against the Islamic Republic of Iran. We could also link Iran to manufacturing of confederate flags and then see how fast the liberal progressive left gets tough on Iran. Or even better, let’s leak the fact that Iran is considering Second Amendment rights for its citizens — now that would draw the ire of Obama!
I just find it unconscionable that President Obama has soooo much tolerance for Iran but little for any domestic political opposition. And after the brilliant lighting of the White House in rainbow colors, ya think Obama and the liberal gay left would be all over Iran for its persecution of gays and lesbians. Ahh, I guess not, but maybe if the Iranians refused to prepare kabobs and falafel for gay weddings, then perhaps Obama would get his dander up against the Ayatollahs.Ok, I hope y’all are at least cracking a smile. We need a little humor because this situation is just deplorable. Obama was so proud to crow “we don’t leave people behind” — well tell that to the families of Jason Reznian, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson. Oops, I suppose if they were deserters, we would be all over recovering them. Then again, Obama’s latest decree by executive order is a “fusion cell” that will coordinate ransoms with these barbarians. So maybe that’s how the Obama administration believes it is lending aid and support to the return of these four Americans. Can you just imagine the family members of these four Americans having to sit and watch the charade unfold while their loved ones are not even being considered?
We need to walk away. We need to tell the Iranians to go “pound sand.” We need to ramp up the economic sanctions and install a naval blockade. We need to separate Iran from its proxy Islamist military forces like Hamas, Hezbollah, and others. That is all they understand. Do not tell me about the false alternative of having to go to war — that is a coward’s response. There is a panoply of options we can pursue to bring the Iranians not back to the negotiating table, but to their knees, and support/enable Iranian dissidents to undermine the rule of the mad mullahs.
And so it looks like this will go on to July the 9th, and who can say if that’s a hard date?
The bottom line is that the Ayatollah Khamenei knows that for some odd reason, President Obama, dearly wants this to happen. And so like a girl playing coy to a lovestruck fool, Khamenei and Rouhani are playing President Obama and John Kerry like a broken banjo.
It is a really bad tune.