U.S. Nuclear Negotiators Have Forgotten to ‘Never Forget’

Kerry and Zarif(photo credit)

By Jeff Rutherford

Do you notice the theme I spotted in this collection of headlines from newspaper Op-Ed pages around the country this month?

Netanyahu Delivered Just What Obama Feared” by James Oliphant, National Journal

Did the Iran Speech Sink Netanyahu?” by Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Netanyahu Isn’t the Problem, Obama Is” by Nolan Finley, Detroit News

WH Considers Opening Breach in U.S.-Israel Relationship” by David Ignatius, WaPo

Netanyahu 1, Obama 0” by editors at the Boston Herald

How Obama Handed Netanyahu Victory” by Frida Ghitis, CNN

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Disgrace in Victory” by Joe Klein, Time

Left’s Sour Grapes Over Bibi’s Win” by Eric Fettmann, New York Post

Bibi’s Speech Has Politics Written All Over It” by Doyle McManus, LA Times

According to these opinion journalists (and many more I could have quoted), the United States and Israel are at war. Half these journalists think the Netanyahu administration is the misguided culprit causing the conflict. The others think the Obama administration is the misguided culprit.

Call me crazy, but I’m going out on a limb here: 

I say the bad actor causing this conflict is . . . . . Iran.  And these Op-Ed pundits are fixated on the smoke instead of the fire. To illustrate, let’s look inside one of the examples I listed.

David IgnatiusAfter I praised a Feb 19th David Ignatius column for fair-mindedness in my last blog article, I made a point of following him this month.  Late last week, his column entitled “White House considers opening breach in U.S.-Israel relationship“ appeared in the Washington Post and in syndication all across the country.  I found it frustrating how he portrayed the Netanyahu/Obama rift as THE central issue, and portrayed Iran as a mere “meddler” in the region.  Excerpts:

Netanyahu backed off his election rhetoric, telling NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Thursday he wanted “a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution” if “circumstances change.” As he spoke, Israelis were aware that the White House was considering a range of possible actions to demonstrate its anger…including:

Drafting a new U.N. Security Council resolution outlining the framework for a Palestinian state….

Deterring Netanyahu’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, perhaps through warnings in a planned report to Congress on loan guarantees to Israel….

Altering current U.S. policy that opposes Palestinian efforts to take complaints against Israel to the International Criminal Court….

[Withholding] future [U.S.] vetoes of U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Israeli settlements or other activity….

U.S. officials are preparing a post-Iran-agreement agenda for calming Arab allies, such as Saudi Arabia. But the priority should be strengthening the Sunni nations to counter Iranian meddling, rather than sweet-talking them.

Why on Earth would professional writer David Ignatius conjure the term meddler to refer to the dominant Middle Eastern theocracy with underground bunkers of spinning centrifuges full of ever-enriching uranium?

Ignatius and so many other opinion writers who tell us what to think are showcasing the inevitable disagreements between the doves and hawks on the Free World’s side of the negotiating table, while a consistently defiant and cagey Iran resists being pinned down on virtually any aspect of a deal.  Even while their front men endlessly haggle over an arms control agreement in Switzerland, Iranians back home are eagerly amassing the makings of a Mushroom Cloud:

Iran’s stock of 5% enriched uranium, which has undergone over half of the centrifuge revolutions needed to reach weapons’ grade, has increased over the interim period from 7,154 KG in November 2013 to 7,953 KG today. Sensitive research has continued — last year, Iran was caught feeding uranium hexaflouride into an advanced centrifuge, a possible infraction of the JPOA that the US is eager to cast as an innocent mistake.

What once was the “unthinkable” — a nuclear-armed Iran — is now being thinked by desperate U.S. State Department appeasers negotiators.  They’ve neutered themselves into negotiating over “when”, having caved on the battle over “if.”

On March 21st, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — Iran’s supreme leader — addressed a crowd attending the celebrations of the Persian New Year in the Iranian city of Mashhad. As reported by BusinessInsider.com:

A man in the audience shouted “Death to America”, a cry taken up by the crowd. Khamenei continued: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure. They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy. What is their goal? Their goal is to put the people against the system.”

Here’s a history reminder:  Iran signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on July 1, 1968, and delivered three ratified and signed copies to London, Moscow, and Washington D.C. in early 1970. That treaty’s stated objective was “to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.”

So why are we negotiating a new nuclear arms agreement with Iran now, when the fact is that the post-1979 revolutionary regime in Iran has broken every pre-existing and subsequent international deal they’ve ever made?

U.S. State Department negotiators have forgotten to “never forget.”   It’s 1938 all over again, with John Kerry playing the part of Neville Chamberlain.

Meanwhile, we read breathless and frothy Op-Ed columns about skirmishes on the political battlefields of America and Israel.   These opinion journalists are like Nero, fiddling while Rome burns.Nero and the burning of Rome - 1897 Henry Altemus 403x329



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Jeff believes in the Individual's ability to excel when liberty and freedom of choice are protected. Also believes in the Community's ability to take care of the vast majority of its own issues and needs when the federal government leaves the Community's resources and sphere of control alone. State and local choice produce better results than centralized federal control. https://necessaryandpropergovt.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to U.S. Nuclear Negotiators Have Forgotten to ‘Never Forget’

  1. Excellent piece, Jeff – and right on the money. I’ll admit, I’ve been so caught up in the political disagreements between Israel and the U.S. that I had neglected to look at who the REAL problem is. Big time like for this article!


  2. tannngl says:

    Loved the post, Jeff. You always hit the nail on the head with well researched worded articles.

    Iran IS the problem and the news media do not want to see it. They seem to want to use the political behaviors to spur ratings. Blind. Deaf. Too bad they aren’t dumb.

    Iran is active in takeover of the entire Middle East. They will be the next Germany if someone doesn’t wake up.


  3. Citizen Tom says:

    Good post!

    I don’t take the news media very seriously. Yes, they affect public opinion, but they are mostly wrong.

    Iran is a problem, but Obama is too. Even the Sunni Muslim nations are against what the Obama administration wants to do. Saudi Arabia sees a target being painted on itself. Hence, we have the weird spectacle of Arabs taking the same side as Israel.

    We elected a regime that hates Israel. Does Obama hate Jews? It sure looks like it. I cannot read the man’s mind, but negotiating a nuclear arms deal with Iran when that nation is fomenting so much conflict in the Middle East is nuts. When almost anyone can see the danger of a nuclear armed Iran, there is simply no way to justify allowing it as in our nation’s interests.

    The only issue we should be discussing is how we stop Iran. Instead, we’re discussing how do we stop Obama. We have become so self destructive we elected that man twice.

    So the question arises. When Obama is clearly not on our side, whose side is Obama on? What does Obama have to do before we decide to impeach him and throw him out of office? When will we come to our senses? Forget the fool journalists. How long will it be before Emperor Obama fiddles over the flames of our burning nation?


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