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The Worst Negotiators Ever

We’ll start with a quote from the weekend from the Times of Israel

Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord.

Khamenei went further and said if there were to be a nuclear deal with America and our partners it would have to be a very limited one…

“They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy,” he said, referring to economic sanctions aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear program. “What is their goal? Their goal is to put the people against the system,” he said. “The politics of America is to create insecurity,” he added, referring both to US pressure on Iran and elsewhere in the region.

Asked about the remarkably inconvenient statements of President Obama’s negotiating partner amid talks which must bear fruit in little more than a week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest used them as evidence of the importance of getting a deal on nuclear weapons with the Iranian regime and substantially echoed another of Khamenei’s statements… 

But Khamenei warned against expectations that even a done deal would mend the more than three-decade freeze between the two nations in place since the Iranian revolution and siege of the American Embassy, proclaiming that Washington and Tehran remained on opposite sides on most issues.

“Negotiations with America are solely on the nuclear issue and nothing else. Everyone has to know that,” Khamenei said. 

This comes, of course, on the heels of Iran’s comic missile drills in which a barge dressed up as an American aircraft carrier was sunk by a gaggle of PT boats firing rockets indiscriminately at close range on video distributed by the Khamenei regime.

This entire episode is moronic. And the people engaging in it are morons. Yes, that includes John Kerry — the least impressive individual in American history ever to hold the position of Secretary of State.

There is no deal available, under current circumstances, on nuclear weapons with the radical Shiite Islamist regime in Iran. Khamenei and his lackeys are not motivated by the momentary economic malaise caused by sanctions imposed by America or anyone else, no more than the Castros of Cuba have been for two generations. Like the Castros, Khamenei uses American sanctions as a crutch for the poor performance of his government vis-à-vis Iran’s economy.

Why is Iran at the negotiating table? Because in Obama and Kerry they see easy marks. Who wouldn’t want to bargain with the current American president? It’s debatable whether Obama even sees a moral legitimacy to his own side, and he certainly doesn’t understand negotiating from strength.

We shouldn’t be negotiating with the Iranians over their nuclear program. That’s obvious. The stupidity of negotiating on that limited basis should be easily apparent to anyone in a position of power, for the same reason no one is alarmed by the fact the French have nuclear weapons. The Belgians, Jamaicans, or Filipinos could build a nuclear bomb at some point in the foreseeable future and no one would particularly care, and it’s not difficult to successfully complete a nuclear program given that 70-year old technology first yielded the bomb.

It’s the nature of the Iranian regime that matters. And when Khamenei says both that he’s still a fan of the “Death to America” chant and that any nuclear deal we might strike with him doesn’t affect Iran’s desire to promote Islamic jihad across the globe and the efforts to destabilize the Middle East in order to construct Persian hegemony over the region, it becomes clear to anyone who cares about American foreign policy that it’s a fool’s errand to make a bargain on nukes with such a regime.

Why would anyone believe Iran would adhere to a nuclear deal with America? Why would anyone believe that sending weapons inspectors into Iran would insure compliance given the track record of such arrangements with such regimes in the region? The Iranian national motto is “Death to America,” and they’re building a nuclear bomb. If they’re not willing to abandon their desire for our annihilation, why would we expect them to stick to a bargain that eliminated their ability to best bring it about?

Obama and Kerry are engaging in a half-hearted effort at rapprochement with Iran, and only succeeding in making America an international laughingstock.

A non-laughable American negotiator would take Khamenei’s statement as a pretext for walking away from the table. A serious Obama would declare the negotiations void and the Iranian regime an illegitimate partner. A worthy American president would present to Congress a bill to impose the most serious sanctions imaginable on the Iranian regime, and worse. A formidable player at the table would engage in such machinations as to cause fear in the hearts of the mullahs — like releasing and arming the MEK to destabilize Iran’s government, like openly putting together a coalition of interested parties for the purpose of conducting air and missile strikes against the Iranian nuclear program, like the reinsertion of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan close to Iran’s border, and like sending carrier groups and submarines into the Persian Gulf to conduct military exercises or perhaps even to blockade Iranian ports as a show of what’s to come if Khamenei doesn’t bargain away those centrifuges.

A competent Obama not advised by a woman with, frankly, mysterious sympathies, would have enthusiastically supported the 2009 Green Revolution in Iran rather than allowing it to die on the vine.

Obama and Kerry either don’t understand the principle of leverage — in this case, making the other guy so uncomfortable with the consequences of his position that he opts to change it — or they’re not committed to representing our interests. America is the aggrieved party where Iran is concerned, and we are within our rights to demand, and even effectuate, a change in the nature of the Iranian regime in return for a cessation of our negative actions toward them.

In negotiations, it’s always the party most willing to walk away from the table who wins. Obama and Kerry are the desperate ones bargaining with the mullahs, and they’re working on behalf of the most powerful country on earth. Khamenei and his people are laughing while chanting for death to us all.

It’s obscene. The American people ought to be up in arms to put a stop to it before these imbeciles and traitors give legitimacy to the Iranian bomb.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics. He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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