Kerry: Iran deal could come in three months or less

posted at 10:01 am on September 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We got all of that from a phone call?  Secretary of State John Kerry tells CBS’ Scott Pelley that Iran wants to cut a deal with the US to put an end to the standoff over its nuclear program, and that it might take just a few weeks to cinch.  If Iran can prove that its nuclear program is peaceful, Kerry says, then the US-Iranian relationship will improve “dramatically.”

Now all we have to do is believe that the Iranians will tell us the truth:

A bad deal is indeed worse than no deal at all, but … that was true in Syria, too. And yet Kerry and Barack Obama allowed themselves to get played into a diplomatic and military cul-de-sac that (a) allowed Vladimir Putin to take control of the diplomatic situation, which (b) forced the US to deal on Putin’s terms and (c) left Assad in charge of his own WMD disarmament, (d) making him indispensable (e) for probably the next few years which (f) puts an end to the US position that demands regime change, thanks to an agreement that (g) basically precludes any more American military intervention without one and possibly two more UN Security Council agreements for a Chapter VII response.  No wonder Iran is suddenly anxious to cut a deal with Kerry and Obama — it’s a fire sale on American credibility in the second term.

On the other hand, Iranian hardliners are not exactly cheering Hassan Rouhani as a conquering hero.  While some rushed to cheer the returning president, his motorcade also got greeted with eggs and shoes:

Hundreds of Iranians cheered President Hassan Rouhani on his return from New York on Saturday after his historic phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama but a smaller number of hardliners shouted “Death to America” and threw eggs and shoes at his official car leaving the airport, Iranian media reported. …

But about 100 conservative hardliners also appeared and, shouting the “Death to America” slogan common since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, pelted his official car with eggs and stones in protest at Rouhani’s diplomatic opening towards Washington, according to witness reports posted on Twitter.

The semi-official Mehr news agency ran pictures of groups of protesters holding up a Death to America placard and banging the sides of Rouhani’s limousine as it began to depart the airport. Mehr said one protester threw his shoes at the car, a gesture of deep insult in the Islamic faith.

Why pelt Rouhani? Do they think he went along with this rapprochement without permission?

But new high-level contacts with U.S. officials at the United Nations were unlikely to have happened without the approval of Iran’s clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the polarised reactions on Rouhani’s return hinted at the challenge he faces in getting hardliners especially in the powerful security elite behind his conciliatory approach.

It’s safer to egg Rouhani than to egg Khameini, of course. Khameini probably wants this kind of theater as a way for Western media to bolster Rouhani’s “moderate” credibility, hoping to push off the sanctions as much as possible while giving up as little as possible in their strategic pursuit of nuclear weapons.  It’s possible the Iranian mullahcracy has just given up on the project now as too costly and unlikely to shift the balance of power as long as the US remains committed to the region, but that’s going to take a massive amount of verification to truly establish — certainly a lot more than can be done in three months.


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Steven Den Beste on September 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

If not, let’s bomb Syria to show our peaceful intentions!

Wander on September 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

it’s a fire sale on American credibility in the second term.

we are getting rolled up, but don’t worry, we have nothing to worry about from an Obama administration.

rob verdi on September 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I have no confidence in John Kerry.

bluegill on September 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM

What did lurch do go over accuse us of being a bunch of baby killers and tell them everything is our fault and that we won’t do anything no matter what Iran does? What a gutless group of fools. Proves those that don’t stand for anything will fall for anything.

bbinfl on September 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

QA lame duck president desparate for some legacy cred. This will not end well.

can_con on September 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Wow. Kerry literally looks plasticized. Eeek.

Key West Reader on September 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Does Botox John know that Muslims are not bound by promises made to infidels?

Wethal on September 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM

So we’ll get the same wonderful nuclear deal with Iran from the ketchup gigolo that Jimmy Carter negotiated with Kim Il Sung just before he died in 1994. And we know how well Kim’s son and grandson have upheld their end of that bargain…

jon1979 on September 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

We got all of that from a phone call? Secretary of State John Kerry tells CBS’ Scott Pelley that Iran wants to cut a deal with the US to put an end to the standoff over its nuclear program, and that it might take just a few weeks to cinch. – E.M.

*chuckle*
The naíveté of Gigolo Jean Kerée is “seared, seared into my memory”.
Was he lying when he “testified” before Congress while wearing an illegal uniform, or is he lying now? And Hillary Rodham couldn’t do the same?
First, ØbozØ got rolled by Mad Vlad (ras)Putín and now Iran their partner in crime?
How stupid are these boys who masquerade as men, at least in public?
The ØbozØ State Department is an embarrassment that will take years to overcome.
Barack Ø’Carter is even wimpier and more ignorant than his namesake. *sigh*
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Good to know. All that will be left then will be to sign over Taiwan to China and funnel some nukes to Kim Jong Un and the Obama legacy of effing up our place in the world will be complete.

Gingotts on September 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Since the bodyguards didn’t shoot the protesters, it was probably a staged event. Iran wants the same kind of deal Assad got and the angling has begun. You’d think the regime(ours) would have figured out after the Syria fiasco that they should stay off the intenational dance dance floor but nooooo, prezzy red line is still trying to prove he’s a playa who’s bluff shouldn’t be called.

Kissmygrits on September 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

This is insanity. The useful idiots are willing to believe anything the islamic terrorist regime in Iran in order to avoid making the hard choices. We are going to pay heavily for this cowardly appeasement.

mnjg on September 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Phoney hype that makes me sick. What couldn’t be accomplished in 30 yrs. is going to happen in 3 months?!! Is this the current pseudo story to distract everyone from Obamacare and the debt ceiling? This Administration really thinks we’re so stupid!!

jatfla on September 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Rouhani is spinning for time. Just like the 3,000 new Iranian centrifuges.

GarandFan on September 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Judging by how the Syrian deal was initiated by a gaff, I wonder if the Iranian phone call was simply the dialing of a wrong number… maybe to a small store in a Kenya mall.

mjbrooks3 on September 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Wow. Kerry literally looks plasticized. Eeek.

Key West Reader on September 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I was thinking cadaver (he looks like one) but plasticized works, too.

jffree1 on September 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Hey, John, how’s that “Palestinian deal in six months” coming?

I snark, but the Palestinian deal is much different. In that one, there are two sides and neither is willing to sell themselves out.

On the other hand, with the Iranian deal there is one side that is willing to do that, but it ain’t the Iranians.

Dusty on September 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Khameini probably wants this kind of theater as a way for Western media to bolster Rouhani’s “moderate” credibility,

Yep. These “protesters” are probably on Khameini’s payroll. Some kabuki theater for the witless MSM.

AZCoyote on September 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

This Administration really thinks we’re so stupid!!

jatfla on September 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

With good reason. A majority of the electorate re-elected this idiot, after his failed first term. Is it any wonder Obama holds the American public in such contempt?

AZCoyote on September 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Kerry’s a fool. Of course Iran will “prove” their nuclear program is peaceful. Naturally it will all be a lie but that’s not important to the leftists running this poor sick Republic, because it offers Obama another diversion from his failed presidency. Unfortunately, the mindless masses that depend on this administration for their existence will follow blindly.

rplat on September 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Khameini probably wants this kind of theater as a way for Western media to bolster Rouhani’s “moderate” credibility, hoping to push off the sanctions as much as possible while giving up as little as possible in their strategic pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Exactly, and you can bet the whole “protest” was orchestrated by Khameini just for that purpose. Nobody over there is going to be egging or stoning or throwing shoes even at Rouhani without being sanctioned to do so.

As to an agreement with this lot, be worried, be very worried. Obama and Kerry are going to give away the store in such a way that we will never be able to halt their nuclear weapons production, short of war.

Old and Busted: Verify.
New Hotness: Trust.

TXUS on September 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

A bad deal is indeed worse than no deal at all,

Ok. Sell me your car for a dollar.

Akzed on September 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Promise the Iranians that if they disarm they’ll get the same treatment Gaddafi got.

David Blue on September 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Judging by how the Syrian deal was initiated by a gaff, I wonder if the Iranian phone call was simply the dialing of a wrong number… maybe to a small store in a Kenya mall.

mjbrooks3 on September 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Well Played, Sir.
Sadly, the Ø’BeyMe cabal is tone deaf and historically-challenged.
Just who the ‘ell are his spook “analysts” … Kids who think that history began when Ø was elected? It sure seems like it.
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Karl Magnus on September 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Kerry: Iran deal could come in three months or less

And, we’ll have those damn Benghazi murderers in jail or dead soon too, right Johnny?

Rovin on September 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Iran is talking to the west; I wonder what Iran is hearing from the east…

BKeyser on September 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I put that through the douchebag to English translator and it came out “We are letting Iran get the bomb.”

jukin3 on September 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I feel so much better whenever Secretary of Botox speaks.

mouell on September 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Obama has solved the Iranian situation- boom just like that.
Well done obie….well done.
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sooo…….we have to succumb to the fact that Obamao truly is a genius- economically and in foreign policy – and he is healing the world, even with the Rs tying one hand behind his back… he’s that good.
.
We were all wrong about him…….
Time to move along.
.
Next up on the lis for the Community Messiah:
Getting those darn oceans to recede.
/

FlaMurph on September 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Iran is talking to the west; I wonder what Iran is hearing from the east…

BKeyser on September 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

If you mean Putin, he’s probably telling the Iranians “These guys are the biggest pair of rubes on the planet. You can fleece them blind by negotiating with them, because their pompous egos are so big they’ll take any deal to show how smart they are and then will never back away because they’ll never admit they were suckered.

jon1979 on September 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Cats trying to catch Putin’s red dot.

Ben Hur on September 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

And someone get that man an EpiPen.

Stat!

Ben Hur on September 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

http://www.timesofisrael.com/protester-throw-shoe-at-rouhani-motorcade-at-airport/

it depends on point of view

gerrym51 on September 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Why so glum chum (Lurch)?

OmahaConservative on September 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Instead of seriously attempting to unite the country he is supposed to be serving and protecting, Obama is acting like a petulant child, insisting that everybody play by his rules, or else, he will take his ball and go home.

Now, on top of that, he reaches out to a country who sponsors Islamic Terrorism, and with whom we have not had diplomatic relations since their revolution in 1979.

What is he going to do? Help them with their “Nuclear Enhancement Program”, so they can launch one at us quicker?

He negotiates with those who want to kill us, and gives ultimatums to his own countrymen.

He truly is our first Anti-American President.

kingsjester on September 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Wow. Kerry literally looks plasticized. Eeek.

Key West Reader on September 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I was thinking cadaver (he looks like one) but plasticized works, too.

jffree1 on September 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

A quick google search suggests that people are thinking he had plastic surgery. But my first thought looking at that still, and the video doesn’t improve that much, is that he looks like he’s had a stroke. Or perhaps Bell’s Palsey, but there seems to be a little too much movement on that side for palsey.

LibraryGryffon on September 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

probably just the pain-killers wearing off, but…

Reagan expedited the destruction of the Soviet Union by escalating defense expenditures… Now Putin , and his puppets, are achieving the destruction of the U.S. by feigning a reduction of defense and focusing Obama’s laser-beam on increasing socialist spending.

socalcon on September 28, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Old Lurch isn’t looking very good lately…mentally or physically.

Why the long face John?

trs on September 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Wow. Kerry literally looks plasticized. Eeek.

Key West Reader on September 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

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I think the guy is sick or has had a stroke or mini-stroke or something neurological. His right eye is almost shut and his face, plasticized as you noted, is lacking muscular control which makes it look immobile (like plastic or rubber). Maybe Teresa is trying to keep him from getting her inheritance or maybe she wants a new “partner.”

ExpressoBold on September 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

1788

ronsfi on September 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

With a face like that, he should be on one of those Real Housewives of — programs…

dpduq on September 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Shorter Kerry/BO: Iran now has enough materials to make a bomb.

MarkT on September 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I’m surprised Rouhani’s motorcade didn’t sport a banner exclaiming “Mission Accomplished” . . .

tpitman on September 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Believe in the Easter Bunny.

FerdtheMoonCat on September 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Key West Reader on September 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I was thinking cadaver (he looks like one) but plasticized works, too.

jffree1 on September 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

A quick google search suggests that people are thinking he had plastic surgery. But my first thought looking at that still, and the video doesn’t improve that much, is that he looks like he’s had a stroke. Or perhaps Bell’s Palsey, but there seems to be a little too much movement on that side for palsey.

LibraryGryffon on September 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Here’s a picture taken just after he was nominated SOS and I agree with all who have commented on his appearance. He looks ill.

jffree1 on September 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM

It takes three months to totally, unconditionally surrender?

RoadRunner on September 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Rouhani is hungry. After seeing how easily Putin and Assad ate OBOZO’s lunch, Rouhani is now going after his breakfast. Actually, taking food from OBOZO is like taking candy from a baby – both are equally clueless, naive and weak..

TeaPartyNation on September 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

WhAt a nightmare. The corrupt military hating politician, closing a peace deal with the American hating, world sponsor of terrorism & mayhem.

RdLake on September 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Did we dodge a bullet in 2004 or what?!?!?

jukin3 on September 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

YES!!!!!

Another Mutually Agreed Framework!

I SMELL PEACE PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Wow. Kerry literally looks plasticized. Eeek.

Key West Reader on September 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Being able to direct your eyes independently is a valuable management skill, you know, -keep one eye on this, one eye on that, etc.

slickwillie2001 on September 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Woohoo! Peace in the Middle East at long last. Here’s hoping gas prices drop $1.00 per gallon before we get nuked.

fogw on September 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

And the Iranian deal is gonna be even better than the last 7 North Korean deals! So there!

de rigueur on September 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

What this means is, the Iranians just need a little more time to complete their nuclear program, probably three months or less. Of course the Obama maladministration is more than happy to play along.

RebeccaH on September 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Being able to direct your eyes independently is a valuable management skill, you know, -keep one eye on this, one eye on that, etc.

slickwillie2001 on September 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Valuable for existentialist philosophers, too.

de rigueur on September 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Kerry: Iran deal could come in three months or less

And, we’ll have those damn Benghazi murderers in jail or dead soon too, right Johnny?

Rovin on September 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

…this might be ‘another red line in the sand’…timeframe!

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Kerry’s remark means to me that Iran will have the bomb in 3 months or less.

Rockshine on September 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Did we dodge a bullet in 2004 or what?!?!?

jukin3 on September 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Just barely. It was a sad preview of what was to come.

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Mr. Facelift just makes me laugh at him every time I see him.
What a joke!

shorebird on September 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Jean ‘He of the Long Face’ Kerée was nominated to be the chief of foreign relations because he served in Vietnam ya know. Oh, and Cambodia … all alone. On Christmas Eve no less. He gave himself “wound” medals to escape SquidVille after his “ticket” was “punched”.
“Vietnam Vet” Albert Gore, Jr. got out of Dodge too after a whopping four months – thanks to his segregationist daddy who got him a cushy job behind a typewriter in the NCO Club (he wasn’t an NCO) in Saigon.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM