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Iran Talks Stall, But Not Because of “Death to America” Comments

I’m a tiny bit late picking this up because I had to wait in a ridiculous online queue for Lollapalooza tickets which I didn’t get anyway. I suppose that’s not that big of a deal, since Kanye West is rumored to be the primary headliner, but still. Can’t something remind me that summer is only a few short months away?

Anyway, while I’m busy feeling sorry for myself over concert tickets, John Kerry, who should feel sorry for himself for being in any way involved with foreign policy, will allow another deadline to pass: the original deadline by which the international negotiations team was supposed to have a deal that would halt the progress of a nuclear Iran. Unsurprisingly, that deadline has been rendered all but meaningless, and Kerry will not even return to the barganing table until Thursday. 

The original Tuesday deadline in the Iran nuclear talks will pass without a framework for a final agreement nor congressional action on bills to impose new sanctions or require approval of a deal.

Secretary of State John Kerry doesn’t plan to return to Switzerland to resume the talks until Thursday, and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who want to put the Obama administration on a shorter leash has agreed to wait until after the Passover-Easter recess ends in mid-April before considering any legislation.

The Republicans who control Congress and their Democratic allies had said they would move forward on both bills if there was no progress in the talks by Tuesday. That will not happen.

Oddly enough, this has worked out, but not to the administration’s benefit. In the time the Administration has spent stalling a consultation with Congress over the deal, a bipartisan coalition has formed to oppose Kerry’s unilateral agreement to an Iranian offer. So, it turns out, that the key to building coalitions in the current government is commisserating over a shared feeling of being left out.

Of course, while we may not be able to get a deal on paper, that hasn’t stopped the Administration from bending over backwards to ensure that Iran knows we’re still super-duper-serious about the whole thing. After all, Barack Obama has to do something to earn that Nobel Peace Prize and cement his legacy as the man who brought a two-hour peace to the Middle East at the expense of pretty much every roadblock the world has thrown up in front of a nuclear Iran, only to have it timed perfectly to fall apart, very conveniently, around the time he leaves office, when he’s no longer technically responsible. 

Yesterday, while the Ayatollah was changing Death to America – always good words to hear from your negotiating partner – the White House was busy laughing off his “quirky nature,” saying that he was just putting on a show for the masses so that they don’t think he’s losing his backbone, and the White House totally knows better. After all, who’s more honest than a homicidal maniac with his finger on a pile of enriched uranium?

What could possibly go wrong.

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