Dubowitz: The only difference in Iran is that they now know they “can have their cake and eat it, too”

posted at 4:31 pm on November 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Heading into his big closed-door meeting with lawmakers on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday afternoon, during which he intended to lobby for a stay in further Iranian sanctions on behalf of the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry already had his work cut out for him:

The Obama administration’s efforts to strike a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear program is running into growing criticism on Capitol Hill, with one top lawmaker expressing concern that Secretary of State John Kerry may be willing to give up too much just to say he’s got a deal.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., among the lawmakers who are meeting with Kerry Wednesday afternoon on Iran, charged that the administration “wants a deal too badly.”

“What is your endgame here?” Graham said he’d ask Kerry. “What I want John to tell me is, ‘How does this movie end?’”

And meanwhile, over on the House side, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Mark Dubowitz was giving his expert opinion on the Obama administration’s hurried push to solidify the framework for some kind of diplomatic deal with Iran during a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, via the WFB:

REP. SCOTT PERRY: I am as many Americans are concerned about implications for the broader region and for our only true ally in the region, which is Israel, which has a lot at stake to lose. So I ask you what other than the rhetoric has changed on the ground regarding the nuclear program and ambitions of Iran that should lead us to believe that we should change our position? Is there anything other than rhetoric, tangible?

MARK DUBOWITZ: Nothing has fundamentally changed in the rhetoric, the nuances have changed, the nuclear physics have changed, and Iran has advanced its program significantly. I think what’s changed is there is a sense now in Iran they can have their cake and eat it too. They can have a nuclear weapons program and a buoyant economy. Unfortunately, the negotiations in Geneva are showing the Iranian regime that they can have a nuclear weapon, sanctions relief, and a stabilized economy that gets the oil flowing. And then Supreme Leader Khamenei can do what he’s always wanted to do, he wants to be a regional power, he doesn’t want to be the Persian equivalent of North Korea.

I’m not seeing any word yet about any post-meeting exit interviews on how the Senate Banking Committee plans to proceed on sanctions legislation in question, but this is one of those rare birds on Capitol Hill that enjoys heavy bipartisan support, despite the administration’s wishes; here’s the opening statement from the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, via Jennifer Rubin, who also reports that Dubowitz picked up on “deep Democratic skepticism” about the White House’s approach throughout the hearing:

I’m deeply troubled by reports that the proposed agreement would not have required Tehran to stop all enrichment. If Iran intends to show good faith during these talks, I believe it must — at a minimum — abide by United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for a halt to enrichment, and it is my hope that we achieve much more. In addition, I forcefully reject any notion that Iran has a ‘right’ to enrichment, a position the administration has publicly supported on numerous occasions. Given the failure to reach an agreement in Geneva, I believe it’s time for my colleagues in the Senate to take up the Iran sanctions legislation I co-authored with Chairman Royce and which the House passed overwhelmingly this summer. We must make it crystal clear to Tehran that even tougher sanctions are coming down the pike if the regime is unwilling to take concrete and verifiable steps.

The next round of diplomatic talks with the Iranians is scheduled to begin in one week.


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National doomsday death cult scrambling to obtain the nukes it needs to fulfill its eschatology.

The West: “Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnn.”

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Would that be yellow cake?

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

The only thing Iran can be sure of is Barky is on their side and not America’s.

viking01 on November 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I can’t tell you how it ends exactly, but I know how it will start:

A big mushroom cloud over Israel.

Then the impotency of the UN will become abundantly clear.

Turtle317 on November 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Some Kerry ‘toons included:

‘Toons of the Day: FUBAR’d

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Smahhhhtest power, evahhhh.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Then the impotency of the UN will become abundantly clear. Turtle317 on November 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM

It could be worse, like, say, Philadelphia.

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

National doomsday death cult scrambling to obtain the nukes it needs to fulfill its eschatology.

The West: “Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnn.”

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

But dude “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.”

The quote is by A. J. Muste and not the literally bull sh*t eater from India. Not a Bidenesque use of “literally”.

thuja on November 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Obama and Kerry have nothing, absolutely nothing. They are extremely desperate to make some sort of deal so they can “claim” success in at least one part of the Middle East.

For some reason I keep hearing the following phrase over and over in my head; Peace in our time.

Johnnyreb on November 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

You know that not only your negotiating position is whacked, but you also lack any real fortitude, when the French are the bulwarks to preventing a bad deal being done.

Unfortunately our foreign policy and national security team not only refuse to learn from history, they seem to prefer to repeat it.

Athos on November 13, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I think what’s changed is there is a sense now in Iran they can have their yellowcake and eat it too. They can have a nuclear weapons program and a buoyant economy.

Kerry: Let them eat yellowcake.

The Swiftboating of Israel.

Steve Z on November 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

“How does this movie end?” – at the bottom of this thread

Bad

SC.Charlie on November 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Dubowitz: The only difference in Iran is that they now know they “can have their yellow cake uranium and eat enrich it, too”

FIFY

Glenn Jericho on November 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

This administration is a total disaster in every possible way.

Just my unbiased, objective opinion.

UltimateBob on November 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

At least when Killary was doing the job, she could get a few people wacked. They were ours, but still, she wasn’t as impotent as Lurch.

Thomas More on November 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Go get ‘em Lurch. Fast boat them.

jake49 on November 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The next round of diplomatic talks with between Congress and the Iranians King Barack is scheduled to begin in one week.

FIFY

GarandFan on November 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

National doomsday death cult scrambling to obtain the nukes it needs to fulfill its eschatology.

The West: “Yaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnn.”

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Actually we have seen this movie before and it was brought to you by the same producers (Foundation for the Defense of Democracies & other Likkudniks) who want the US to lead a Middle Eastern War.

Another Iraq anyone?

lexhamfox on November 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Will the Officer Corps follow this lying sack into another war? It may not be an option.

1 Corinthians 14:8 is instructive. “For also, if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for war?”

Mason on November 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Mrs. Clinton leaves and is replaced by Kerry.

What should we expect?

TimBuk3 on November 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Payback time

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Ouch! I think Kerry just suffered a wound. A Whitehouse Purple Heart ceremony is surely soon following. Two more, and he can rotate home.

WestTexasBirdDog on November 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Hussein is a major Arabian name used in the Middle East. Every single Arab leader uses the name, Hussein, in one way or another. Why is that?

HiJack on November 13, 2013 at 6:32 PM

One must seriously question which side Obama and Kerry are on.

albill on November 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

US negotiations with allies – stop building.
US negotiations with enemies – keep building.

djaymick on November 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Hussein is the name purportedly given to Muhammad’s grandson. It is very common and popular today. It would be similar to naming someone “Handsome”.

Mason on November 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Ripping through this country’s foreign policy in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.

popup on November 13, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Kerry and Sibelius look awfully alike, horse faces and all. Separated at birth?

Dhuka on November 13, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Bwahahahahahahahaha

you can put Iran’s Nuclear program lie…. right up there with “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction” or “if you like your insurance you can keep it”

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 14, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Wonder what the fascists would have done if Germany and/or Japan had achieved The Bomb before America and England?

How about our absolute annihilation to their ecstatic martial cheers.

That’s what Iran will do to its Koranically-targeted enemies.

Everything else is “taqiyya”, [not, not tequila] ya schmucks.

Obama is a three-faced weasel who will play to whatever power seems potent.

Islam is that rough beast, presently.

Kerry is just a vain putz with the historical acumen of a strip of fly paper.

The world will suffer their fatal foolishness.

profitsbeard on November 14, 2013 at 4:08 AM

John Kerry walks into a bar.

Bartender says, “Get out.”

Akzed on November 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM

According to his online DD-214 Kerry has 3 Purple Hearts and Silver Star w/’V’ for Valor. A sign of cowardice maybe?

mike0993 on November 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

“Eat your cake and have it too.”

*shakes head*

It is quite possible to have your cake and then eat it. It is not possible to Eat your cake and still have it.

Cadian on November 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM