Obama admin: Yeah, we’re feeling pretty confident that Iran wants a serious deal, and soon

posted at 3:21 pm on November 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

While the Obama administration has been working on massaging the potential diplomatic opening they think they’ve spotted in dealing with Iran’s (supposedly/relatively) ‘moderate’ new leader Hassan Rouhani, administration officials have also been lobbying Congress to hold off on imposing more sanctions on behalf of nurturing what they imagine is a more friendly, conciliatory negotiating atmosphere. Ahead of the talks between world powers and Iran in Geneva today, the administration was evidently “looking for a first step that stops Iran’s nuclear program moving forward for the first time in decades and that rolls parts of it back” in exchange for “limited, targeted and reversible sanctions relief,” according to one official. CNN reports:

Iran appears keen to progress swiftly toward a deal reining back its nuclear program in return for relief from international sanctions that have crippled its economy, a senior U.S. administration official said Wednesday.

She was speaking on the eve of a fresh round of talks scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Geneva between the five permanent — and nuclear-armed — members of the U.N. Security Council, along with Germany and Iran.

“For the first time, we believe Iran is ready to move this process forward quickly. For the first time, we’re not seeing them just use this as a way of buying time,” the senior U.S. administration official told journalists in a background briefing.

“I do see a potential for the outline of a first step. It can be written on a piece of paper or probably more than one. I hope this can be sooner rather than later,” she added, declining to answer questions whether that outline deal may be reached before the weekend.

So, in a nutshell, an initial step that may-or-may-not partially disable their imminent weapons capability in exchange for the beginnings of sanctions relief? …The Senate is apparently not impressed with this plan; Reuters reports that the Banking Committee is planning to move ahead with a package of tough new sanctions over the next week regardless of what the administration wants:

Senator Tim Johnson, the panel’s chairman, told Reuters that Harry Reid, the Senate’s Majority Leader, told him to go ahead with the mark-up – or debate – of the bill, a step toward bringing it to the full Senate for a vote.

“We’ll wait until the Geneva meeting is over with, but I talked to Harry Reid about it yesterday and he wants to mark up,” Johnson told Reuters outside the Senate chamber.

Israel, as you might imagine, isn’t really on board, either. The BBC reports that Netanyahu just warned that the plan unfolding in Geneva would be a “historic mistake”:

“Israel understands that there are proposals on the table in Geneva today that would ease the pressure on Iran for concessions that are not concessions at all. This proposal would allow Iran to retain the capabilities to make nuclear weapons,” he said.

“Israel totally opposes these proposals. I believe that adopting them would be a mistake of historic proportions. They must be rejected outright.”

“The sanctions regime has brought the Iranian economy to the edge of the abyss, and the P5+1 can compel Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear weapons programme,” he said.

“Anything else will make a peaceful solution less likely. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

Update: Uhm… what? Via the WFB:


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Obama is the most dangerous now. He wants a big “change the subject” narrative because of his ObamaCare fiasco.

He’s desperate.

portlandon on November 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

The Iranians will punk Obama even worse than Putin did…

PatriotRider on November 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Seriously they think they are going to cut a deal with Iran? In the real world The Saudis have ordered up a couple of Nukes of their own from Pakistan because Iran is very close to having their own.

Johnnyreb on November 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

That pic. A baboon in a suit is still a baboon.

These clowns are so busy trying to appease the suit-wearing baboons that they don’t notice the lions sneaking out of the tent behind them.

Bishop on November 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Obama is the most dangerous now. He wants a big “change the subject” narrative because of his ObamaCare fiasco.

He’s desperate.

portlandon on November 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Agreed. What better change of subject than a newly minted nuclear state right?

I wonder if the number dead from their first bombing will be more or less than the total of cancelled insurance policies from the ACA.

Gatsu on November 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Hey, Iran – if you like your nukes you can keep your nukes.

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Can you imagine how tightly Iran will wrap Obama around its finger?

rplat on November 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

And, I just know that the aliens are going to bring back Elvis any day now.

kingsjester on November 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The trooful crew

rik on November 7, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Is a sucker always a sucker?

NotCoach on November 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Hey, Iran – if you like your nukes you can keep your nukes.

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

* If your plan to threaten your neighbors is still available.

antipc on November 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Meanwhile, the Syrian “solution” appears to have been a serious misjudgment as more doubts arise about Assad’s compliance, and unbelievably, we’re contemplating sending them heavy transports, comm gear, etc., to facilitate the so-called agreement.

Idiots.

hillbillyjim on November 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Given how Asad easily made a monkey out of OBOZO, the Iranian Mullahs now want to give it a try.

They, too, will succeed spectacularly.

TeaPartyNation on November 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Obama is the most dangerous now. He wants a big “change the subject” narrative because of his ObamaCare fiasco.
He’s desperate.
portlandon on November 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Double agree. Holder threatening again to prosecute Zimmerman just isn’t doing the trick, and neither is PlagaristPaulGate.

Marcola on November 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM

For the first time, we’re not seeing them just use this as a way of buying time,” the senior U.S. administration official told journalists in a background briefing.

Just using it to buy time?

They must be using it for other reasons as well.

fogw on November 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

It’s been obvious for decades that Iran was pursuing and would eventually acquire nuclear weapons.

Reagan should have nuked ‘em

DarkCurrent on November 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Trying our hand again at foreign policy? Obama has an insatiable need of getting kicked in the balls.

tommer74 on November 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Does any sane individual believe this man anymore?

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

It is amazing how impotent Congress is.

albill on November 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Hey, Iran – if you like your nukes you can keep your nukes.

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

* If your plan to threaten your neighbors is still available.

antipc on November 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Well, in reality, 0bumble has no ability to do to Iran what he’s doing to us. It would just be another red line in the sand that vaporizes under the slightest bit of pressure.

If we really wanted to find Iran’s nukes, and do something about it, we’d send in the Deming, NM police force – THEY would know what to do….

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

It’s been obvious for decades that Iran was pursuing and would eventually acquire nuclear weapons.

Reagan should have nuked ‘em

DarkCurrent on November 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I’m surprised you are able to post this from China. Not picking a fight. Just surprised.

oldroy on November 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Trying our hand again at foreign policy? Obama has an insatiable need of getting kicked in the balls.

tommer74 on November 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

As I recall, that’s one of the top rated TV shows in the Idiocracy…

dentarthurdent on November 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Wow. Liars AND fools.

redshirt on November 7, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Obama admin: Yeah, we’re feeling pretty confident that Iran wants a serious deal, and soon

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!
*big wheeze*
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

Turtle317 on November 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Missile tech for campaign donations?

Murphy9 on November 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I’m surprised you are able to post this from China. Not picking a fight. Just surprised.

oldroy on November 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Why would that be surprising?

DarkCurrent on November 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

As far as I’ve been able to tell the minimal censorship on HA occurs at HA, far beyond the Great Firewall.

DarkCurrent on November 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Don’t worry. 0bama knows the super secret handshake.

freedomfirst on November 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Obama’s ME legacy: letting everyone get nukes. Maybe he’ll get another Nobel Peace Prize for that.

besser tot als rot on November 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

This will be Munich III… Munich II was the deal with the Syrian butcher Assad… The agitator of parasites does not have the courage nor the brain to deal with the enemies so he is going to create the illusion of negotiations in order to not be bothered by difficult international and security issues but rather goes and plays the super partisan politics of an agitator and rile up his parasitic base against the producers…

mnjg on November 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

If they are really and actually confident in that, I am more worried about their competency than ever. And I didn’t think that I could think they were any more incompetent than I already did.

besser tot als rot on November 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

The Senate is apparently not impressed with this plan; Reuters reports that the Banking Committee is planning to move ahead with a package of tough new sanctions over the next week regardless of what the administration wants:

Senator Tim Johnson, the panel’s chairman, told Reuters that Harry Reid, the Senate’s Majority Leader, told him to go ahead with the mark-up – or debate – of the bill, a step toward bringing it to the full Senate for a vote.

If even Harry Reid wants “tough new sanctions” against Iran (which Republicans will probably support), Obama won’t be able to offer much to the Iranians. It’s not clear how effective the sanctions are against Iran, but certainly more effective than making nice with the Iranians.

If a “tough new sanctions against Iran” bill passes the Senate, it will almost certainly pass the House. Would Obama dare veto a sanctions bill passed by Congress, to please his Persian pals?

Steve Z on November 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Israel should just bomb the f***ing shit out of the terrorist regime in Iran… They cannot count on our help as long as the welfare queens agitator is President… and may be they cannot count on our help if another democrat is elected in 2016… They have to do it on their own…

mnjg on November 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

There’s a new leader in Iran? Did Khamenei die?

Rancher on November 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

S T O O P I T . . . . .

ExpressoBold on November 7, 2013 at 6:38 PM

When was the last time the Obama administration made any good foreign policy decision? Egypt? Libya? Syria?

Let them twist in the wind of their vacuous and misguided impulses.

virgo on November 8, 2013 at 2:56 AM