Rouhani: The U.S. should probably pay Iran reparations for all the damage inflicted on us

posted at 5:21 pm on May 22, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

By all means, tell us how you really feel. The WFB reports:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is demanding that the Obama administration pay Tehran reparations for “hostile policies” that have cost the Iranian people “much loss and damage,” according to the country’s state-run media.

Rouhani said that reparations from the United States would make him more willing to negotiate in good faith with the United States and increase steps to broaden ties between the nations, according to an interview he gave Wednesday evening on China’s CCTV network.

Although Rouhani did not outline a monetary figure he believes would be acceptable to placate the Iranian people, he told CCTV that the “Iranian people have suffered a lot as a result of the hostile policies of the U.S.” and that he “expect[s] White House politicians to abandon their past behavior of ignoring Iranians’ interests,” according to excerpts of the interview published by Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency. …

“If the U.S., in practice, abandons its hostile policy toward the Iranian nation and compensates for its past [antagonism], a new situation can be envisaged for the future of both nations,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.

Ohhhhh, so what you’re saying is, after we have not only lifted every economic sanction on the book but also directly given you cash to make up for the long-term damage, then you might feel more inclined to be more cooperative and transparent and to back off of your nuclear program? Brilliant! How did President Obama’s crack foreign-policy team not think of such a magnanimous and promising diplomatic maneuver?

Iran has already received some pre-deal sanctions relief at the hands of the Obama administration (an ostensible $7 billion that looks a lot more like $20 billion in real life), but Iran is still feeling plenty of heat in its supposed “resistance economy.” To the Western powers trying to get Iran to commit to not developing nuclear weapons, that’s kind of the point, but Iranian officials are going to say whatever they need to say to achieve their dual purposes of sanctions relief and nuclear development — goals with which the White House basically helped them out this week when it moved to kill an amendment from Sen. Bob Corker that would have merely allowed Congress to submit a public resolution of (dis)approval on any eventual deal. Says Jennifer Rubin at WaPo:

If you had any doubt that the White House orchestrated the scuttling of an amendment to require submission of any final Iran deal to Congress, the Obama team removed it with peevish, angry remarks leaked, of all places, to the left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz: ”The Obama Administration came out swinging on Tuesday night against efforts to curtail its negotiations with Iran, saying that it is ‘absolutely opposed’ to the proposed Corker Amendment to the Israel-U.S. Strategic Partnership Act that would give Congress a direct role in approving any nuclear deal with Tehran.”

That is directly contrary to public representations by Obama officials that Congress must be involved in a final deal since it would affect current sanctions legislation. It also suggests that the deal the Obama team is prepared to conclude may differ substantially from what Congress and our allies expect. Otherwise why make a fuss over submission of the deal after it is completed?

It is revealing that the president and his advisers are never this angry with Iran. Israel and its supporters receive the “Get off the lawn!” treatment.


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typical progressive

rob verdi on May 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Sure, how about a hell fire missile up your but.

jmtham156 on May 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Dude is smart – we probably will do just that.

Bizarro-World

jake-the-goose on May 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Say, do you mind if we pay you in very rapidly transmogrifying plutonium?

M240H on May 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Obama will probably do it, even if doing so means he has to come out of the closet…

oscarwilde on May 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Come and collect it, Mr. Rouhani.

Perhaps you can send your navy over to blockade American ports. Yeah, that should get the American’s attention.

dissent555 on May 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

From the Headlines thread. Deserved a reprint:

Agreed, the payments will be sent via special delivery modules emblazoned with the word “Tomahawk” on the side.

The modules tend to come in fast and low, but don’t worry, we guarantee that they will deliver to the right address with amazing accuracy.

Ok, so what is your address, Mr. Rouhani, and please note when you will be home to sign for the delivery.

Bishop on May 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Sure… but America should first deduct all the damage that your terrorist activities have inflicted on the west including Israel, Europe and America…

Oops, sorry… turns out you owe them….

snoozinglion on May 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Come and collect it, Mr. Rouhani.

dissent555 on May 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Drat! Beat me by five minutes!

ExpressoBold on May 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Rouhani: The U.S. should probably pay Iran reparations for all the damage inflicted on us

Hussein : I OBJECT . To the word ” probably “.

burrata on May 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

In my opinion, we should do these a-holes a favor and save them the aggravation of developing their won nuclear weapons. Why not just give them a few of ours? The Air Force can deliver them.

MikeinPRCA on May 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Since Obama loves Islam and Muslims, and hates Christians, he’ll be more than happy to take Christian money and give it to people who want to kill us.

darwin on May 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Global disrespect for President Squishy.

fogw on May 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I think each cruise missile is $1M.
How much reparation would you like, sir?

Tard on May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

We did use the CIA to overthrow their democratically elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh in Operation Ajax.

That’s what let to Iran being an Islamic state.

Today we have sanctions for what? All the sanctions do is hurt the poor and keep the people who are in power more comfortably in power.

Wanna change Iran? Open up a chain of Wal-Marts, Harley Dealerships and Home Depots throughout the country.

Want things to keep on being the same? Then keep doing what we’ve been doing.

But screw giving reparations.

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

In my opinion, we should do these a-holes a favor and save them the aggravation of developing their won nuclear weapons. Why not just give them a few of ours? The Air Force can deliver them.

MikeinPRCA on May 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

just like we gave them a drone ?

burrata on May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

November 4, 1979 you bitches.

Enough said.

john1schn on May 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Last comment wished into the cornfield:

November 4, 1979 you b!tches.

Enough said

john1schn on May 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Want things to keep on being the same? Then keep doing what we’ve been doing.

But screw giving reparations.

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

There’s only one solution and it isn’t Walmarts.

darwin on May 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

“just like we gave them a drone ?

burrata on May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM”

No, these will be live.

MikeinPRCA on May 22, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The only change I want to bring to Iran is to have them leave the rest of us alone. Sadly, the only way to do that is to have the mad mullahs leave the planet entirely.

john1schn on May 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

There’s only one solution and it isn’t Walmarts.

darwin on May 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Do you actually know any Iranian people?

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Do you actually know any Iranian people?

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Why yes, I do, and I would piss on any7 of them if they were on fire.

oscarwilde on May 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

f***k him

dmacleo on May 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Do you actually know any Iranian people?

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

The great majority of Iranians live under totalitarian rule, some brainwashed to the point of killing themselves to kill others.

They are no different than the German people under the Nazi’s, or the Russian and Eastern Bloc people under Soviet rule, or the people under North Korean rule.

I suspect most Iranians want to live in peace, and wouldn’t mind a Walmart or the ability to get the latest CD. The leadership doesn’t. It espouses the same rhetoric that all Islamic fanatics do … death to everyone else and global rule. In that respect they’re no different from Hitler or Stalin and must be treated as such.

Unfortuantely we have a president and party that hates the US more than anything else and are very sympathetic to Islamists.

darwin on May 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Why yes, I do, and I would piss on any7 of them if they were on fire.

oscarwilde on May 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Maybe you can volunteer to be on the reparations committee.

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Rouhani: The U.S. should probably pay Iran reparations for all the damage inflicted on us
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Oh ya, as soon as the Urainians hand over there nuke weapons,
or, recognize Israel!!

Jack^ss’s!!

canopfor on May 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

The bastards just beat the sick American Christian man…obama and Kerry do NOTHING.

Go to Hell, Iranians and obama/Kerry.

obama’s religious ambassador post has been open for 6 months, with oodles of Christians killed around the world, with nary a word form the oaf, who’s chief.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

oscarwilde on May 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Maybe you can volunteer to be on the reparations committee.

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Sure, no problem, I say we send them a dozens cases of Hanfords finest Bottled Sunshine…

oscarwilde on May 22, 2014 at 5:59 PM

The bastards just beat the sick American Christian man…obama and Kerry do NOTHING.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Why would they? They don’t do squat to stop the slaughter of Christains in Africa or the Middle East.

darwin on May 22, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Hanford Bottled Sunshine Company…

oscarwilde on May 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Obama ♥ the Muslim Brotherhood.

Isn’t Obama already starting the pay back by dropping sanctions against Iran?

albill on May 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Two words ph uck off!

neyney on May 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

If reparations include the use of either nuclear weapons, hydrogen bombs, or even many many fuel air bombs, then I’m all for reparations.

Diluculo on May 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM

No surprise here, the center of Jew-hatred in America can be found in the far-left black demo. Iran is their best bet for someone that can kill a lot of Jews.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I’ll add my choice of reparations via the nuclear urban renewal of Tehran.

vnvet on May 22, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Let’s give them Al Sharpton.

Oldnuke on May 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I say we give them Air Force One with all passengers aboard, but absolutely no returns on these “reparations.”

Wisdom_of_Homer on May 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Let’s give them Al Sharpton.

Oldnuke on May 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

And both the Jacksons.

Tell the Iranians this is the latest pop sensation for American muzak.

ajacksonian on May 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

They are no different than the German people under the Nazi’s, or the Russian and Eastern Bloc people under Soviet rule, or the people under North Korean rule.

darwin on May 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Slight difference being the nazis, the russkies, or the norks aren’t slamming their heads into the ground facing east praying for the violent deaths of all of us infidels.

To be fair, I wish the same on them, violent deaths. The difference between my prayers and theirs is that I don’t ask God to do it for me, I’ll be happy so slit their throats ear to ear myself and not wear a bomb vest and kill babies to get the job done. Of course my prayers won’t be answered because we have a muslim child molester as president, not an American patriot.

Go ahead libs, fire away, you’ll be typing at windmills.

Diluculo on May 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I recommend we pay him two ways.
One with two Los Angeles attack subs sinking the entire Iranian navy in one 24 hour period.
Second, (as alluded to earlier) with Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, (some in the inventory are getting toward the end of shelf-life so we need to pickle them off anyway). Seventy to ninety should about equal what Iran owes us for an Embassy, and to cover the pain and suffering of the hostages.
I remember the great line from one of the Americans after he was repatriated when asked by a (clueless) reporter, would he like to go back to Iran?
The fellow responded, ‘Yes, yes I would, as the bombardier in a B-52′

Missilengr on May 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Rouhani: The U.S. should probably pay Iran reparations for all the damage inflicted on us

Radical Islam understands the US Left better than most of the US electorate.

Must be because they are basically allies — enemy of my enemy and all that.

farsighted on May 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

…JugEars has a pen…and a check…and the phone!

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Radical Islam understands the US Left better than most of the US electorate.

Must be because they are basically allies — enemy of my enemy and all that.

farsighted on May 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

You couldn’t be more right :) Probably Rouhani just read this Atlantic piece, published yesterday and thought he might give it a try. Can you blame him :)

jimver on May 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Skipity on May 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Yeah, genius, coz everybody knows that your ‘plan’ would work like a charm in Iran and that the ayatollah would endorse and allow Harleys as well as other symbols of Western lifestyles, just like he endorsed those ‘Happy’ dancing kids a few days ago. Jeez, where do they find useful idiots such as yourself, and why do they send them all to comment on HA?..

jimver on May 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

I agree.

We need to pay back Iran.

We can do it in about 45 minutes to the tune of 20 megatons.

There is a reason they are called “Minutemen”.

Bubba Redneck on May 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Payback sure, but remember, Payback’s a bitch

fredmant on May 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM