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Foggy Bottom Realizes ‘A Deal with Iran’ Is not a Deal

Perhaps Obama and Kerry are finally learning that any agreement made with the Arab world simply is a basis for an argument. But don’t bet on it.
We signed on the dotted line without making sure that both sides understood what was being signed...

We signed on the dotted line without making sure that both sides understood what was being signed...

The State Dept. admitted on Tuesday that it doesn’t even know if and when the six-month interim deal with Iran will start amid contradicting interpretations by Iran and the United States on their agreement.

In a remarkably candid remark reflecting ignorance of “who is on first,” State Dept. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki answered a reporter’s question concerning when the interim period begins by stating, “That’s a good question.”

She tried to explain that it depends on “technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement.”

That is “spokesmen’s language” for “we signed on the dotted line without making sure that both sides understood what was being signed.”

The ink was barely dry on the agreement when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave totally opposite answers on the matter of uranium enrichment and on the construction of the heavy water plant in Arak.

Kerry said on Sunday, “there is no right to enrich. We do not recognize a right to enrich. It is clear in the NPT, in the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it’s very, very clear, that there is no right to enrich.”

Iran’s  government mouthpiece Press TV reported the same day , “Rouhani said the enrichment right of the Islamic Republic has been ‘explicitly’ stated in the deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.”

The White House stated that the agreement, or so-called agreement, stops progress on the heavy water reactor that could be used to produce plutonium for use in a nuclear weapon.

Not so, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, who gave his interpretation on the word “progress.”

“Capacity at the Arak site is not going to increase. It means no new nuclear fuel will be produced and no new installations will be installed, but construction will continue there,” Zarif said in comments to the parliament and reported by Press TV.

It also quoted Rouhani as saying, “The Administration of Hope and Prudence seeks to create an atmosphere of trust between the Islamic Republic and countries that are interested in having friendly relations with this great nation.”

Now that the Obama administration knows the Islamic Republic is the “Administration of Hope and Prudence,” why doesn’t it know when the six-month clock starts ticking?

The answer to that question was published here, somewhat prophetically last week, in a Jewish Press blog that in essence states what the people in Foggy Bottom, and the foggy White House, have not learned: An agreement with Arabs, or in this case with Persians, is simply a basis for another argument.

But the Obama administration, being the nice and honest Americans that they are, are already keeping up their end of the deal by putting into place the easing of sanctions, even though Iran has not done anything except to say that Washington does not understand what it signed.

The last word can be given to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said last year that the problem with the Obama administration is that it does not talk the same language as Iran.

Truer words never were spoken.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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19 Responses to “Foggy Bottom Realizes ‘A Deal with Iran’ Is not a Deal”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Of course you can't print this but Obama knows exactly what he's doing bringing the USA to it's knee's stripping the military the economy tieing the hands of biz etc…to this bozo ww3 is simply an oops!

  2. Gene Feldman says:

    Neville Chamberlain of the 21st century

  3. Good morning America!

  4. Why are you referring to "Iran"? Everyone is talking about "Iran". But, "Iran" is NOT the name of the country! The official name of that country is "The Islamic Republic of Iran", and there is a world of difference between "Iran" as a nation state, and "The Islamic Republic of Iran." "The Islamic Republic of Iran" is not a nation state in the normal sense of that term. The difference is clear from the Preamble of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, one part of which reads as follows: "An Ideological Army In the formation and equipping of the country’s defense forces, due attention must be paid to faith and ideology as the basic criteria. Accordingly, the army of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are to be organized in conformity with this goal, and they will be responsible not only for guarding and preserving the frontiers of the country but also for fulfilling the ideological mission of jihad in God’s way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God’s law throughout the world (this is in accordance with the Koranic verse “Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and strings of horses, striking fear into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others besides them.” [8.60])"

    To ask the Ayatollahs to give up their ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons is to ask them to violate their Constitution and their Koran which requires them to acquire "whatever force you are able to muster", — and that includes nuclear weapons! — in order to extend Sharia law throughout the world. They will not violate their constitution and their religion. It won't happen. Negotiations and this “deal” are worse than fruitless because they give the ayatollahs time to acquire their nuclear weapons. And then it will be too late. Kerry, of course, understands none of this. You can be sure that he has never troubled himself to read the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  5. I agree 100 percent.i am black and couldn't vote for Obama the second time.i have tried to tell people what Obama is really like but I get cussed out.2:00 this morning fox news said Obama has been meeting secretly with Hezbollah.noone was meeting with hitler but that crazy Mussolini. Obama has some more nasty plans for Israel.he emailed me a letter cause I stated I do not want to see palestine become a state, he said it was going to happen whether anyone likes it or not,hes pushed bibi ina bad corner,i stand with and for Israel. iknow bibi isn't dumb. all I can do is pray

  6. NOW IS THE TIME TO START A CAMPAIGN AGAINST OBAMA AND HILLARY. I AM WILLING TO TAKE THE PAIN IF YOU WILL WRITE A STORY TO SUPPORT ME AGAIN. THIS TIME WE MUST START EARLY AND NOW. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WILL BE UNLESS HE OR SHE IS AN ANTI-SEMITE AND EXTREMIST MUSLIM LOVER SOCIALIST AS OBAMA.

    I WAS THE HEAD OF RABBIS FOR ROMNEY. THE AMERICAN RABBIS WOULD NOT LISTEN. WHAT A SHANDA. ISRAEL IS IN TROUBLE.Trying to lull us into complacency is what the Judenrat in the Ghettos did for their masters RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  7. Yechiel Baum says:

    Kerry and Obama disgraced the USA and the world

  8. Remember Soviet Union, the most people allways said Russia not Soviet Union, worst Union of Scialist States.

  9. Obama will mention "I never new about this agreement".

  10. Robin Erwood Watson says:

    Israel will be ok. God has their back and whoever goes against them will pay. What ever they do to Israel or their people will be done back to them. Dont worry. It will be ok

  11. Nice Guy says:

    the USA foolishly sent ground troups to die in Vietnam and Afganistan and Iraq and indeed some were killed by the very people they were sent to protect (shot by official AFGAN and IRAQ ARMY SOLDIERS! WE SHOULD NEVER SEND GROUND TROOPS ANYMORE…WE JUST DESTROY THE STORAGE AND MANUFACTURING SITES OF THEIR LARGE WEAPONS AND MISSILES, AND THE SOURCE OF THEIR INCOME (OIL AND NATURAL GAS) AND THE SOURCE OF THEIR FOOD….THEY THEN WILL DO ANYTHING WE ASK THEM TO DO SUCH AS STOPPING, AND EVEN DESTROYING THEIR NUCLEAR FACILIITIES…AND WE CAN WAIT AS LONG AS THEY WANT…BUT THEY WON'T WANT TO WAIT IF WE HAVE DESTROYED THE THREE ABOVE THINGS…THEY WILL RUSH TO DO OUR BIDDING!!! WE WON'T EVEN SUFFER LOSS OF LIFE SINCE WE DO NOT SEND TROOPS TO WALK ON THIER MINE FIELDS AND OTHER TRAPS, NOR KNOCK ON THEIR BOOBY TRAPPED HOUSE DOORS. WE WONT HAVE TO ASK THEM ANYTHING…THEY WILL SCREAM FOR HELP TO US AND BEG FOR FOOD AND SOME MONEY….THEY WILL DESTROY THEIR MISSILE FACILITIES DESPARATELY TRYING TO GET US TO GIVE THEM FOOD AND MONEY TO SUSTAIN THEM.

  12. God is in control for Israel. Be careful.

  13. Leslie Green says:

    The USA is in a heap of trouble based on what obama and kerry did to Israel.

  14. Leslie Green says:

    The USA is in a heap of trouble based on what obama and kerry did to Israel.

  15. Bobby Harris says:

    president obama is not a friend to usa or israel none whatsoever he is fooling us and putting us in a bad trick he played on us. we as a nation or no longer an american nation it is looking like its becoming islamic because america should know that islam is planning to try to take over america and are calling for sharia law here and to convert things to islam forget it i refuse to bow down to islam i refuse to be part of it i am jewish and will not succumb to the this islamic ideology sorry america needs to wake up now before its too late

  16. Bobby Harris says:

    president obama is not a friend to usa or israel none whatsoever he is fooling us and putting us in a bad trick he played on us. we as a nation or no longer an american nation it is looking like its becoming islamic because america should know that islam is planning to try to take over america and are calling for sharia law here and to convert things to islam forget it i refuse to bow down to islam i refuse to be part of it i am jewish and will not succumb to the this islamic ideology sorry america needs to wake up now before its too late

  17. Bobby Harris says:

    president obama is not a friend to usa or israel none whatsoever he is fooling us and putting us in a bad trick he played on us. we as a nation or no longer an american nation it is looking like its becoming islamic because america should know that islam is planning to try to take over america and are calling for sharia law here and to convert things to islam forget it i refuse to bow down to islam i refuse to be part of it i am jewish and will not succumb to the this islamic ideology sorry america needs to wake up now before its too late

  18. Basha Kline says:

    The only "heavy water" Kerry understands is that which he holds true in the bathroom!

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