Skip to comments.The October Surprise (Talks with Iran)
Posted on 10/21/2012 3:37:10 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
The New York Times reports (and the White House denies) that The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Irans nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.
Two of the three assertions in that lead paragraph are demonstrably false. One-on-one negotiations have been going on for years (most recently, according to my friend Reza Kahlili, in Doha, where, he was told, Valerie Jarrett and other American officials recently traveled for the latest talks). The only news here is that the talks would no longer be secret. And the notion that only diplomacy can avert a military strike on Iran is fanciful. There are at least two other ways: sanctions may compel the regime to stop its nuclear weapons program, or the Iranian people may find a way to overthrow the regime, thereby (perhaps, at least) rendering military action unnecessary.
I rather suspect that you dont have to do anything to avoid an American military strike on Iran. I cant imagine an Obama administration authorizing a military attack. An administration that can barely bring itself to fly air cover in Libya, and cant bring itself to take any serious action in Syria, strikes me as very unlikely to unleash our armed forces against the mullahs.
As for the claim that Iran has agreed to talks, even that seems problematic, as the Times admits further down in its story: American officials said they were uncertain whether Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had signed off on the effort. If there is no approval from the supreme leader, there is no agreement at all.
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It’ll look great for four minutes as the moderator at the debate asks about this and the President gives a 5-star performance. Then....Romney steps in, and says plainly....”yes, we will have peace in our time”, and then quietly grins at the camera.
Everyone will suddenly remember the quote, from 1938....Chamberlain’s great failure. The curtain ought to fall at that point.
Valerie Jarrett and other American officials recently traveled for the latest talks).
these are the UNELECTED radical anti american criminals that are committing treasonist acts against the American people while we all look at the fasade of an empty suit as he spews platatudes, promises and lies. We have been the victim of a diabloical internal takeover that may very well destroy us. get the hell out and vote
I do not see how this will have any impact on the election. The typical Obama voter can’t even spell Iran, let alone explain with any clarity why Iran is a foreign policy nightmare. Independents are not going to hang their vote on this issue, and Conservatives see it for the ruse that it is. It’s a non-issue, in election terms, except to make a couple of libtard journalists feel like they have made a contribution to the campaign. In terms of Iran’s impact, the Carter-Reagan election this is not.
President Obama will deny this (the White House has already denied this story) and the liberal media will say he cannot take credit at this time without jeopardizing the delicate negotiations......but it shows his policy of “engagement” works.
Wonder what Reza Kahlili is doing in Doha
If Joe Biden’s slip about “who served in Iran” is correct the Slime may have added another lie that was an omission—on the ground Special Ops in Iran.
One idiot talking to one dictator. I won’t say which is which.
I don’t see how setting up unilateral discussions with Iran is going to help Obama. It is a slap in the face to Israel, and it is one step short of negotiating with Al Qaeda.
According to Biden, we have family members that fought in the wars in Iraq and Iran.
Perhaps a deal will be cut to pull out our troops from Iran in exchange for a halt to Iran’s nukes./sarc
More like an October fizzle. Cutting a deal with the mulahs isn’t going to impress conservatives...quite the contrary as the consensus is they can’t be trusted. And we will say so both correctly and loudly. The leftists weren’t going to vote for anyone except the won anyway. And it’s not on the radar for the middle.
Is Monday the day that Obama goes to the Rose Garden to say he's got a deal with Iran????
They agreed to talk.
So did Adolf Hitler.
Valerie Jarrett...she was probably just visiting her family.
Talks about talking about talks
Plus you know exactly who to blame when the “agreement” is abrogated on Tehran’s whim and the centrifuges continue to multiply and prosper and the insane threats to annihilate Israel grow
obama’s personally throwing “foreign nations” (aka ISRAEL) under the bus for killing Ira nuke scientists - is just the cherry on the sundae
Valerie Jarrett’s parents are both Americans who met in Iran. She is not Iranian.
Correction, they met in the U.S. and shortly afterward moved to Iran, where Valerie was born.
If Valerie Jarrett is the United States’ best option for talks with our enemies, then we are indeed doomed.
And Jews should prepare to BOHICA.
It would be interesting to know who Valerie Jarrett’s parents’ friends were while she spent her formative years in Iran. Of course, I’m sure that the mainstream media has thoroughly checked this out.
It doesn’t have to be true, just the rumor is sufficient. The Israeli Ambassador to the US has already said the report was news to him.
Someone like Plouffe must have leaked this story to the NYT to help Obama before the debate Monday night. What the WH official must have overlooked is that we already have a multilateral forum for these negotiations, the P5+1. The US going it alone would piss off our allies who are participating with us in the sanctions. And if Israel was unaware of such talks, they have every right to be pissed.
Now it appears the Administration is walking this back. Either the NYT made this story up or it is being thrown under the bus. Either way, it is not good for Obama.
It was during the 1950’s - not sure how much it matters now
Very interesting. Thanks. During the Fifties, the Soviet Union was very active in trying to place Iran within its sphere of influence. If I am not mistaken, Jarrett’s parents were very much in the Red camp — which helps explain her disdain for the US.
Their list of friends in Chicago, which is where they returned to in 1962/’63, would be more interesting.
Yes it would. One of my dearest friends, the venerated journalist Sol Sanders, frequently refers to Valerie Jarrett as a “Red Diaper Baby” — ie, raised by communists. And Sol is a compendium of insider Cold War info.
Obama’s just swell!...Because everyone trusts those warm and fuzzy ayatollahs to keep their word along with that terrorist amadinefraud.
The REAL October Surprise should be the release of the real-time videos from the Benghazi Consulate -
We paid for those cameras, we paid for the security, we paid for the salaries of the incompetent State Dept. and Defense doofuses that are blocking access to our REAL knowledge right now.
I as an American citizen want to know what happened.
I want to know what exactly they DID to the Ambassador.
I want answers NOW, not more lies from an unaccountable administration.
THAT should be the real October Surprise. The TRUTH.
The funniest thing about that clip is Harry Reid, sitting right behind Biden enthusiastically raised his hand twice!!
Now for the saddest part. The Obama voters probably didn’t even know, or notice, the idiocy of Biden.
I can see making mistakes like this once in a blue moon, while speaking a lot.
But for Biden, this is an “all the time” THING.