Shorter White House: We’re so close to a deal with Iran, we can taste it

posted at 10:01 am on November 16, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It was reportedly the French delegation that finally put a stop to the would-be sanctions/nuclear-drawdown deal between Iran and the world’s major power players in Geneva last week, convinced that they were all about to fall prey to a “con job” that would have let Iran off of the hook way too easily — much to the irritation of the Obama administration and the anger of the Iranians. Ahead of the fresh round of talks that will begin again next week, Israel is urging France to stay strong despite the international pressure that will certainly come raining down on them from all sides, via Reuters:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed France on Friday not to weaken in its stance toward Iran in upcoming talks on the Islamic state’s nuclear program, days before President Francois Hollande is due to visit Israel.

Iran has accused France of blocking agreement last week at talks between Tehran and six world powers in Geneva. Iran is seeking relief from international sanctions, while the six demand curbs in its nuclear activities, including enrichment of uranium. …

“We hope that France will not weaken,” Netanyahu told Le Figaro daily in an interview. “We salute (Hollande’s) consistent and determined position on the Iranian issue.”

The Obama administration, however, is still pushing hard for a speedy agreement. They spent this week trying to convince the hawks in the Senate to take a beat on pushing for more Iranian sanctions (while Israel’s ambassadors also stormed the Hill), preferring to keep the valve on low-pressure over their diplomatic atmosphere; and meanwhile, the White House has been teeing things up behind the scenes with the Iranians for next week’s talks, reports the NYT:

A senior Obama administration official said on Friday that a solution could be found for one of the major stumbling blocks to an agreement that would freeze Iran’s nuclear program, and that the accord might be achieved next week. …

But American officials appear to be seeking a solution in which Iran would be allowed to enrich uranium at the low level of 3.5 percent — used to fuel most civilian nuclear reactors — during an interim agreement and under a comprehensive accord. The condition would be that Iran accept a series of limitations, including stringent verification, on its nuclear program to ensure it does not further enrich the uranium to bomb-grade levels and use it to make a nuclear device. Iran now has stockpiles of uranium enriched to nearly 20 percent, which is used to fuel a specialty reactor but is also much closer to weapons-grade uranium. …

The official did not detail the potential compromise. But one solution, Western diplomats say, would be for an interim accord to affirm that Iran would be entitled to all of the rights of signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran and world powers would then agree to disagree on how to interpret that treaty.

And evidently, at least a few senators seem newly willing to give the White House the time they’re asking for to see what comes of it. Goody.


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I hope they aren’t allergic to peanuts, because that’s not a deal they’re tasting.

Flange on November 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Shorter White House: We’re so close to a deal with Iran, we can taste it
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Le Spits!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on November 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

And what does Iranian ass taste like?

AZCoyote on November 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Dammit world! Iran only has a finite time to get nukes. 0bama won’t be around to protect that barbaric terrorist supporting dictator loving islamic theocracy forever.

cozmo on November 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

OT – When a nonpolitical show (Ric Edelman Show) rips Obama & Obamacare, you know it’s bad.

22044 on November 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Carter put them in power and Obama armed them with nukes.

txhsmom on November 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM

It’s all these areas where the impact of electing an imbecile will outlast said imbecile that really worry me. A lot of his damage can hopefully be undone by a subsequent competent leader, but so much of his damage will be permanent.

May his name one day be synonymous with moron for everyone, not just for those of us paying attention.

SoRight on November 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

MeanWhile,..back at the Persian StockPiles:

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 1h

Iran averts big rise in sensitive nuclear stockpile, report shows http://reut.rs/1dDbHCl
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Iran averts big rise in sensitive nuclear stockpile, report shows

By Fredrik Dahl
VIENNA Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:11am EST
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(Reuters) – Iran appears to have moved quickly to prevent a large increase in its most disputed nuclear stockpile, a new U.N. watchdog report indicates, in what may be an attempt not to undermine talks on a nuclear deal with six world powers next week.

The Islamic Republic’s holding of uranium gas refined to a fissile concentration of 20 percent is closely watched by the West as it represents a relatively short technical step away from the level required for the core of an atomic bomb.

The IAEA data suggests, however, that Iran moved fast once it resumed conversion early this month, leading to a more modest rise to 196 kg in the November 14 report, up by about 10 kg since the previous one issued in late August.
(More….)
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http://www.iaea.org/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/16/us-iran-nuclear-iaea-idUSBRE9AF05V20131116?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

canopfor on November 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

The Obama administration, however, is still pushing hard for a speedy agreement.

Wait wasn’t Obama supposed to be the…

Second coming Magical Messiah = Global Warming scam FAIL

Second coming of the Peace Prizewinning Global Citizen = NSA FAIL

Second coming of FDR = Shovel ready jobs FAIL

Second coming of Lincoln/MLK = Civil Rights amity FAIL

Second coming of Reagan = Economic revival FAIL

Second coming of GWB = Bin Laden dead Arab Spring/Benghazi FAIL

Second coming of LBJ = Expanding welfare/foodstamps FAIL

Second coming of Hillary Clinton = Obamacare Fiasco

I guess all that’s left is…

Second coming of Jimmy Carter Peacenik = Putin b*tchslap & Iran Nukes

workingclass artist on November 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Shorter White House: We’re so close to a deal with Iran, we can taste it

If memory serves, Louis Slotin tasted the radiation from the criticality incident that killed him in 1946.

Steve Eggleston on November 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

While everyone is distracted by the failure of obakascare, and rightly so, obaka is willing to give away the security of the ME, and Israel in particular.

Swell.

Not only has he transformed the USA, he is transforming the world. He’s killing all of us.

ladyingray on November 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Is this Obama’s big push to create a distraction (“peace in our time!”) from the debacle of Obamacare? If so, maybe we’re lucky. I was thinking he’d be going for something bigger, like starting another war somewhere. He needs something, and it needs to be of such megatonnage as to dwarf all other “wag the dog” distractions in history. No aspirin factories this time! What could it be?

We have to start thinking like this guy thinks. Maybe he’s trying to push Israel into bombing Iran, hoping for a conflagration in the mideast? Dangerous days. A psycopathically cold and unconscionable individual with great power and a hunger for even more occupies the White House.

rrpjr on November 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Peace in our time? You bet’chm Red Rider! Needs some hollow ” victory” to take spotlight off o’care even if it dumps our long and strong ally Israel. Chamberlain of 21st century.

Herb on November 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I am guessing that in order to get the French on board, Obama is promising that the US will purchase more white surrender flags from France or some tariff will be lowered on French wine imports…

albill on November 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Pray for Israel…they are the only hope at this point…barky has done his job well and lowered this great nation to nothing more than a lapdog to all things evil.

crosshugger on November 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

We better agree or Oprah will call us racists again……….

ALL HAIL !

dmann on November 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Nothing more than an O’care squirrel.

hillsoftx on November 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Traditional Iranian cuisine includes a dish called Khoresht.

Which sounds pretty close to what the Iranian rulers are feeding the White House.

LegendHasIt on November 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

But one solution, Western diplomats say, would be for an interim accord to affirm that Iran would be entitled to all of the rights of signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran and world powers would then agree to disagree on how to interpret that treaty.

Talk about a ‘cover your ass, because you know they’ll violate the agreement’ accord!

King Barack is so desperate to get ObamaCare off the front page, he’ll grab at anything the Iranians give him.

GarandFan on November 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Wait- I thought it was illegal to give away free nuclear bombs to Iran.

Wouldn’t it be better in the long run to just invade Canada, like every other embattled Hollywood President? Decisions like this one to arm Iran have terrible consequences. With Canada, they just kick our butts and we can all go home happy. No cities get blown up in the process. I vote we invade Canada instead.

MTF on November 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Shorter White House: We’re so close to a deal with Iran, we can taste it

And what does Iranian ass taste like?

AZCoyote on November 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

…I’m with you!…I think their lips are pressing close to the tiny hairs…and they are waiting for the stools to come out.
…the politburo press…is standing in line… behind the White House…exercising their lips…for the overflow!

KOOLAID2 on November 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

But one solution, Western diplomats say, would be for an interim accord to affirm that Iran would be entitled to all of the rights of signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran and world powers would then agree to disagree on how to interpret that treaty.

Talk about a ‘cover your ass, because you know they’ll violate the agreement’ accord!

King Barack is so desperate to get ObamaCare off the front page, he’ll grab at anything the Iranians give him.

GarandFan on November 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Yep!

Can’t have that 39 democrats defect to the dark side thingy on the sunday mornin’ talkshows now can we?

workingclass artist on November 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Not only has he transformed the USA, he is transforming the world. He’s killing all of us.

ladyingray on November 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

He knows that he can’t function as a competent human being and resents all of us who can, so he’s setting us up to face suffering and destruction for as far as the eye can see. The core of any socialist you’ll ever meet or observe is: resentment of competent people and a desire to destroy them.

86 on November 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

C H A O S
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D E F L E C T I O N
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S Q U I R R E L

ExpressoBold on November 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

He knows that he can’t function as a competent human being and resents all of us who can, so he’s setting us up to face suffering and destruction for as far as the eye can see. The core of any socialist you’ll ever meet or observe is: resentment of competent people and a desire to destroy them.

86 on November 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Absolutely, penetratingly right.

rrpjr on November 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

We’re so close to a deal with Iran you can kiss your butt goodbye.

The Nerve on November 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Should be in place by December 1st.

2Tru2Tru on November 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Don’t ignore this. The US media are doing so, at your peril.

Schadenfreude on November 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Obama is doing everything he can to weaken Israel..His disdain for Israel is blatantly obvious…Bibi, you are going to have to attack Iran and soon..Do not believe this liar in chief..I believe you don’t anyways

sadsushi on November 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

His disdain for Israel is blatantly obvious…

sadsushi on November 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Not disdain, detestation. He wants it destroyed.

rrpjr on November 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Obama is the culmination of what Jeanne Kirkpatrick first described as the “Blame America First” crowd. He and his ideological kindred spirits believe America is the source of most of the world’s ills, and nothing would do us so much good as to be taken down a few pegs. The concept of American Exceptionalism makes them gag.

Obama has pretty well succeeded in this mission. We are poorer and weaker in the world than we were when he came to office. He has blocked our economic recovery, stifled private business at every turn, and caused energy costs to be double what they might under saner policies. Our allies are afraid and mistrustful, our enemies emboldened and undeterred.

Allowing Iran to get the bomb would be the sweet culmination of his anti-American Presidency, especially now that his socialized medicine scheme has run aground.

Adjoran on November 16, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Peas in our time. Waves paper for the cameras.

Dhuka on November 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Iran is so close to a nuclear bomb they can taste it.

Dhuka on November 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

while Israel’s ambassadors also stormed the Hill

Ambassadors, plural? Israel has only one ambassador to the United States.

Does this mean that they sent their ambassadors from other countries as well?

Or that someone didn’t actually read the news story she referred and linked to?

bgoldman on November 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM