Kuwaiti paper: Obama wants to visit Tehran next year

posted at 5:21 pm on December 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

Well, if anyone would know, it’s a random Kuwaiti newspaper.

Odds that this is propaganda fed to the paper by the Saudis or Saudi sympathizers in order to punish O for making nice with the Shiite menace: North of 99 percent. (Why would a diplomat share a scoop this big with an unknown Arab news outlet?) Odds that it’s based on some scrap of truth transmitted through the intelligence pipeline: South of one percent, which is plenty for me to spitball all sorts of reasons for why it might kinda sorta be maybe possibly plausible.

“Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year,” the report reads, based on a translation using Google Translate.

“The source said that the desire to visit is shared, and that Tehran and Washington are waiting for the conclusion of the arrangements prior to Iranian President Hassan Rohani issuing an official invitation to his American counterpart to visit Tehran…

“The source said that Obama was waiting for the invitation to devote his new administration’s policy in the region based on the principle of non-military involvement and balance. He wants to be the first U.S. president to visit Iran since the Khomeini revolution in order to show that he is an advocate of peace and dialogue even with those who chant death to America.”

Pure nonsense, says the White House. “I don’t believe it,” says a former U.S. natsec official who responded to the Standard’s request for comment. I don’t either — unless O has been quietly dangling this as a carrot to get Iran to agree to a final deal rolling back its nuke program. I’ve always assumed that the price of denuclearization is, in part, official U.S. recognition of the regime. Having Obama go to Tehran and personally welcome the mullahs back into the community of nations would be a pot-sweetener for the ages. Plus, the more spectacularly his domestic agenda fails, the more he’ll want to salvage his second term with some kind of major foreign-policy “achievement.” A comprehensive deal on Iranian nukes followed by a state visit to Iran would qualify as a “major.” ObamaCare’s loss is Ayatollah Khamenei’s gain!

In fact, he may be dreaming even bigger than that: Despite copious evidence to the contrary, including a raging Sunni/Shiite proxy war in Syria, Obama and Kerry have always seemed to believe that a final deal between Israel and the Palestinians is the key to regional peace. They may be thinking that between the U.S./Iran thaw and the de facto Israeli/Sunni alliance against Iran, there’s some minuscule chance to bring the entire region to the table on an Israeli/Palestinian accord if the U.S. and Iran can reach a deal on nukes first. Would Obama be willing to go to Tehran and kiss Khamenei’s ring for that? Probably, sure. Remember, before O got elected president, embraced NSA surveillance, and started droning people willy nilly, the Hopenchange foreign-policy brand was all about dialogue with foreign powers. Going to Tehran would be true to that, and he’d also likely regard it as something that (finally) earned him his Nobel Peace Prize. If nothing else, the mere prospect of him visiting would convey enough legitimacy on Iran as to further dissuade Israel from launching an attack of its own. Which, let’s face it, is what the current temporary nuclear deal with Iran is mainly about.

No matter, though. No final deal on nukes is happening, needless to say. Just today, Rouhani announced that Iran will build a second light-water nuclear reactor in the mold of Bushehr. That’s not a bomb threat in and of itself, but it does signal that the country’s appetite for enriched uranium is increasing, not decreasing. In the best-case scenario, it’s a bit of manufactured leverage that Rouhani’s prepared to give up in lieu of having to give up any part of the nuclear infrastructure they’ve already built. Some concession. Via the Telegraph, here’s his very own “Yes We Can”-style video to celebrate his first 100 days. He and O might well hit it off if that Tehran visit ever happened.


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Perfect.
Party Ike it’s 1979!

AllahsNippleHair on December 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Relax. Its a house-hunting trip.

BobMbx on December 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

I.e., Valerie Jarrett wants to go back and visit Iran.

rbj on December 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

He can’t even pick the right side of Islam. /s

Oil Can on December 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

He’s interviewing to be Khomienei’s Bachi Boy…

Kuffar on December 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Only Nixon could go to China.

Only Obama would go to Tehran.

oldroy on December 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

“The Islamic call to prayer is one of the most beautiful sounds on earth while you’re eating dog.”

- Barack Obama

SirGawain on December 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Why not.

BigGator5 on December 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

He’ll be showered with affection.

Ward Cleaver on December 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Hope he doesn’t come back.

crrr6 on December 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Imagine being on that security detail. “Officer Judas McMahmoud reporting for duty, sir!”

meh, a guy can dream

DanMan on December 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

With any luck the Iranians will take him hostage. You know, in commemoration of the 1979 crisis.

But, the Ayatollahs know that we wouldn’t take him back.

NavyMustang on December 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Gotta kick start that 12th Imam thing.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Call it a “homecoming”.

Murphy9 on December 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

may a thousand fleas from a thousand camels torment his remaining days

DanMan on December 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Well, lots of folks hung out with Adolph Hitler prior to WWII, including Joe Kennedy. In fact, Joe was a big fan. Totalitarians can be quite charming.

I know it’s far-fetched, but it would still be consistent with 0bama’s style.

iurockhead on December 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Is it wrong to hope for another hostage crisis that lasts… let’s say… to the end of his second term?

iceman1960 on December 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

If Obama can’t be the twelfth imam, he wants to meet the twelfth imam.

VorDaj on December 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The current record for hostage taking is 444 days. Let’s see if Obama can double or triple that. Take sheriff Joe with you. Both countries will see a significant increase in the mean intelligence level of their respective countries…especially America!!

Deano1952 on December 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

If King Barack does go to Iran, I HOPE THE HELL HE STAYS THERE!

GarandFan on December 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I thought he was pivoting to the economy again? /

scalleywag on December 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

The Lucifer serving sodomite will be right at home with those moon worshipping pagans.

Murphy9 on December 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Lift the sanctions against Iran the second AF1 hits the ground.

antipc on December 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

The current record for hostage taking is 444 days. Let’s see if Obama can double or triple that. Take sheriff Joe with you. Both countries will see a significant increase in the mean intelligence level of their respective countries…especially America!!

Deano1952 on December 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

While inviting at first read, a deeper exploration fails to show how Boehner taking over as POTUS would change anything.

Is it possible to cave on your own plans?

BobMbx on December 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Pure nonsense, says the White House.

So , then it’s true.

the_nile on December 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I thought he was pivoting to the economy again? /

scalleywag on December 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

You must have missed it. Haven’t you seen business roaring back to life?

oldroy on December 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

The jihadiess at 1:20?

Hot!

aquaviva on December 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

the_nile on December 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Sweetness

BobMbx on December 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Yeah, he’ll go and “stand with the [Radical] Muslims”.

Schmuck.

kingsjester on December 2, 2013 at 5:52 PM

BobMbx on December 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Kind of sad…I know.

Deano1952 on December 2, 2013 at 5:52 PM

TRAITOR

Key West Reader on December 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

You must have missed it. Haven’t you seen business roaring back to life?

oldroy on December 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

HA! What I see is the economy getting weaker, my paychecks getting smaller, our enemies getting bolder, and terrorism on the rise. How’s that for progress.

scalleywag on December 2, 2013 at 5:57 PM

In fact, he may be dreaming even bigger than that: Despite copious evidence to the contrary, including a raging Sunni/Shiite proxy war in Syria, Obama and Kerry have always seemed to believe that a final deal between Israel and the Palestinians is the key to regional peace. They may be thinking that between the U.S./Iran thaw and the de facto Israeli/Sunni alliance against Iran, there’s some minuscule chance to bring the entire region to the table on an Israeli/Palestinian accord if the U.S. and Iran can reach a deal on nukes first.

A final deal between Israel and the Palestinians? Dream on!!! President Clinton and both Bushes tried it, to no avail, and the Israelis figured out that the easiest solution is to build a wall around their country to keep the terrorists out.

There has been a “de facto Israeli/Sunni alliance against Iran”. Back in the 1970′s and 1980′s, predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia was opposed to Shiite Iran, and we needed Saudi oil, and they would sell us oil and agree to leave Israel alone. In the 1980′s, the U.S. actually supported (Sunni) Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq when they went to war against Iran, then we had to do an about-face in 1991 when Saddam attacked Kuwait and threatened Saudi Arabia.

Barack Obama gained notoriety as a candidate in 2004 when he opposed the Iraq war that ousted Saddam’s Sunni regime in 2003 and set up a Shia-dominated government in Iraq. No surprise that he wants to make nice with the Iranian government, but what benefit is that to the United States and its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of whom are threatened by Iran getting nukes?

Steve Z on December 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Why doesn’t he just go now????

MikeinPRCA on December 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

OOOhh.. Obama gonna take it up hiz azz for the Iranians!

/pass the islamic approved popcorn!

Key West Reader on December 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

HA! What I see is the economy getting weaker, my paychecks getting smaller, our enemies getting bolder, and terrorism on the rise. How’s that for progress.

scalleywag on December 2, 2013 at 5:57 PM

There, there little fella. You have Maternity care and free Sandra Fluke. There, there. Settle down now.

Key West Reader on December 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

detente

davidk on December 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

OOOhh.. Obama gonna take it up hiz azz for the Iranians!

/pass the islamic approved popcorn!

Key West Reader on December 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Can they use coconut oil?

davidk on December 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

This president has been wanting to go to Tehran since before his inauguration. It’s no secret.

myrenovations on December 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Settle down now.

Key West Reader on December 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Whew. Thank goodness. I thought I was done having children 30 years ago, but you never know! :)

scalleywag on December 2, 2013 at 6:13 PM

While inviting at first read, a deeper exploration fails to show how Boehner taking over as POTUS would change anything.

Is it possible to cave on your own plans?

BobMbx on December 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM

You forget that Joe “Big F-ing Deal” Biden is the first to replace BHO. If we’re lucky, JB will spend the rest of his administration trying to figure out WTH just happened? He won’t be able to accomplish much hurt our country much. A guy can dream can’t he?

CA_Conservative on December 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

He plans to get “kidnapped” and he will create a war suit that flies and is powered by his farts.

astonerii on December 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Sweet!
And if…er…when he gets out of Iran, he should proceed to North Korea.

justltl on December 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Before or after Israel attacks?

albill on December 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

WaPo Columnist: Israel to Blame for Iran’s Nuclear Desires

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/12/02/Iran-Israel-nukes

davidk on December 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Our Supreme Being is to meet their Supreme Leader?

The sun may have to collapse in on itself to equal such density.

derit on December 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

2009 was the year of the apology tour.

2014 will be the year of the appeasement & surrender tour.

He’ll be showered with affection.

Ward Cleaver on December 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

By the Mad Mullahs and Islamists, yes. By the people, not so much.

Athos on December 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Will the head of the Muslim Brotherhood be there, too?

albill on December 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Leave today and take Valerie with you. She’s homesick.

Philly on December 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Stupid! I want Obama gone as president, but I don’t want him gone ala Kennedy and made into another martyr.

txhsmom on December 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Why wouldn’t he go? Another ride on AF1 and then he can bow down to their leader; what’s his name.

Mirimichi on December 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I’m sure the REB will be allowed to speak in Tehran Square, and that speech will change everything. (Channelling totally-partisan here.)

He is probably hard at work learning Iranian so he can give it in their language.

slickwillie2001 on December 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Stupid! I want Obama gone as president, but I don’t want him gone ala Kennedy and made into another martyr.

txhsmom on December 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

It may be inevitable. Since when have the Iranian Fascists ever played by the rules on anything?

Myron Falwell on December 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Extraordinary killing of the USA – obama-hand-made

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I.e., Valerie Jarrett wants to go back and visit Iran home.

rbj on December 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

For two years Kerry, as senator, Hillary as SoS and obama have talked directly to the Iranian terrorists.

The red-headed-scumhag, aka the female Carney, said today that “yes, we lied to the media” when James Rosen pressed her.

Schadenfreude on December 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

‘Toons of the Day: Scoamfapalooza!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Resist We Much on December 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Despite copious evidence to the contrary, including a raging Sunni/Shiite proxy war in Syria, Obama and Kerry and progressives in general have always seemed to believe that a the final deal destruction between of Israel and by the Palestinians and/or anybody else in the region is the key to regional universal, eternal peace.

This is the only way any of their actions make the slightest bit of sense.

As for going to Teheran, where else would The One choose for another “reset button push”?

And far from doing it to “earn” his Nobel Peace Prize, I’m sue he’s convinced it will net him another one, so he has a matched set.

He wants them for bookends to hold up his autobiographies on his desk.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Dayum! He seems to modeling his administration more and more on that of Richard Nixon!

schmuck281 on December 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM