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Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year
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Posted on 12/02/2013 8:05:51 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year Daniel Halper December 2, 2013 10:46 AM

The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that President Obama is seeking to arrange a trip to Tehran, Iran next year.

The headline of the article reads, "Obama would like to visit Tehran, official invitation after details resolved."

"Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year," the report reads, based on a translation using Google Translate.

"The source said that the desire to visit is shared, and that Tehran and Washington are waiting for the conclusion of the arrangements prior to Iranian President Hassan Rohani issuing an official invitation to his American counterpart to visit Tehran.

"He pointed out that the most important detail that is outstanding regarding the meeting is the question of a meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the possibility of not holding the meeting.

"The source said that Obama was waiting for the invitation to devote his new administration's policy in the region based on the principle of non-military involvement and balance. He wants to be the first U.S. president to visit Iran since the Khomeini revolution in order to show that he is an advocate of peace and dialogue even with those who chant death to America."

The article was originally published in Arabic.

A State Department spokeswoman did not respond to a request for confirmation of the Al-Jarida report.

But in an email, one former high ranking U.S. national security official says, "I don't believe it."

Last weekend, President Obama, in announcing a nuclear deal between the U.S., other countries, and Iran, said, "the United States -- together with our close allies and partners -- took an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program."

Obama concluded those remarks by saying, "Ultimately, only diplomacy can bring about a durable solution to the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear program. As President and Commander-in-Chief, I will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But I have a profound responsibility to try to resolve our differences peacefully, rather than rush towards conflict. Today, we have a real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement, and I believe we must test it.

"The first step that we’ve taken today marks the most significant and tangible progress that we’ve made with Iran since I took office. And now we must use the months ahead to pursue a lasting and comprehensive settlement that would resolve an issue that has threatened our security -- and the security of our allies -- for decades. It won’t be easy, and huge challenges remain ahead. But through strong and principled diplomacy, the United States of America will do our part on behalf of a world of greater peace, security, and cooperation among nations."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; obamatehrantrip; obamatehranvisit; obowma; russia; syria; tehran; waronterror
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1 posted on 12/02/2013 8:05:51 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Do the Iranis want Obama there? After what happened after his trip to Egypt, that would be maybe not a good idea.


2 posted on 12/02/2013 8:07:15 AM PST by grania
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To: Sub-Driver

Basically, there’s no country in Europe eager to see the guy....after the NSA business. Same for Russia, China, and half of Asia. So I’d expect trips to Libya, Iran, North Korea, and Tonga for 2014.


3 posted on 12/02/2013 8:07:37 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe he’s planning on defecting?


4 posted on 12/02/2013 8:07:41 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: grania

Making living arrangements I hope.


5 posted on 12/02/2013 8:07:51 AM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah. He’s gonna ‘surprise’ fly in there unannounced and bring them a Turkey Allah Thanksgiving Dinner....or should that be Kebabs and Goat Tray?


6 posted on 12/02/2013 8:08:36 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe they can break that 444 day record.


7 posted on 12/02/2013 8:08:54 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sub-Driver

Like Nixon going to China...but Nixon had earlier been hostile to Red China.


8 posted on 12/02/2013 8:12:32 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Sub-Driver

This is as much proof as anyone would ever need that his agenda is to strengthen radical Islam.

One can argue against that by pointing at Nixon’s China trip and say, by analogy, was Nixon’s agenda to strengthen communism?


9 posted on 12/02/2013 8:13:04 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Verginius Rufus

Awwwwww, how sweet! An old fashioned homecoming...


10 posted on 12/02/2013 8:13:10 AM PST by rhc2000
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To: Sub-Driver

He is more cordial, friendly, and acquiescent toward Iranians than he is toward Americans who happen to be Republicans. It’s a shame he doesn’t hold the same hostility toward our enemies that he does for our own citizens.


11 posted on 12/02/2013 8:13:15 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: Sub-Driver

Can they keep him, or at least Valerie Jarrett...


12 posted on 12/02/2013 8:13:51 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Sub-Driver

The question is begging to be asked.

Why is Obama moving at break-neck speed to fully reinstate the Iranian theocracy? When the studends protested in 2010 Obama did nothing and the protesters were captured, jailed, and tortured. Now Obama can’t seem to do enough for Iran. Why?

Haven’t they killed and caused the death of enough American soldiers? Aern’t they determined to wipe Israel off the map?

Just what is Obama really up to? And why is no one really asking?


13 posted on 12/02/2013 8:13:55 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Iran is Muslim Terrorism Central

So Obama will be right at home.

They can take photos of Obama standing next to the record number of centerfuges still running at full speed thanks to him.


14 posted on 12/02/2013 8:14:14 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s the old ‘Nixon went to China’ ploy. Takes the media focus off troubles at home...............


15 posted on 12/02/2013 8:14:59 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Sub-Driver

Jihadist training?


16 posted on 12/02/2013 8:18:54 AM PST by bushbuddy
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe they can take him prisoner....

or is he scouting for a new home after his term ends?


17 posted on 12/02/2013 8:21:29 AM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Cowboy Bob

What, back to America?


18 posted on 12/02/2013 8:21:33 AM PST by UKrepublican
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To: Obadiah

so is amnesty international clamoring about this?


19 posted on 12/02/2013 8:22:27 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe they’ll keep him?


20 posted on 12/02/2013 8:23:46 AM PST by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: Sub-Driver

No way this can be true. I call BS.


21 posted on 12/02/2013 8:26:24 AM PST by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: Sub-Driver

By being in Iran, he prevents Israel from attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. The longer he keeps the date uncertain, the more difficult it is for Israel to schedule an attack.


22 posted on 12/02/2013 8:29:07 AM PST by AJFavish (www.allanfavish.com)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Like Nixon going to China...but Nixon had earlier been hostile to Red China.

Yeah, that worked out SOOO well for us, with Chinese mass theft of much of our most advanced military technologies, and trade imbalance that has left us owning them $1 trillion.

23 posted on 12/02/2013 8:29:55 AM PST by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe Obama can visit Robert Levinson and tell him that his friends and family are still praying for his release.


24 posted on 12/02/2013 8:35:39 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe Iran will ‘kidnap Obama,’ AKA welcome him home and show him his new villa with bowling alley and golf course and 72 male virgins as reward for destroying the USA.


25 posted on 12/02/2013 8:36:03 AM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope they keep him.


26 posted on 12/02/2013 8:36:13 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Liberal women now play the vagina card to win their arguments.)
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To: montag813

first step in Obama saalaama’s plan to be immaculated as the 12th imam, after he finally gets through destroying western civilization


27 posted on 12/02/2013 8:36:15 AM PST by tanstaafl44 (ghod does not take attendance)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama is just finishing what Carter started.


28 posted on 12/02/2013 8:38:24 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Obama is a proven liar, an admitted liar, an unrepentent liar.)
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To: AJFavish
Correct. That is what I also have been saying. Moreover, now with this international “deal” it makes it extremely tough for Israel to attack Iran's nuclear sites.

Obama has effectively isolated Israel. Obama has sold Israel down the river for less than a bowl of lentils. And the American Jews are ecstatic. As long as American Jews can keep playing the harlot to liberalism they will willingly and cheerfully allow their brethren to face a different type of holocaust.

29 posted on 12/02/2013 8:40:00 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

They can put him up in the local jail.


30 posted on 12/02/2013 8:42:00 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama wants to be there when Iran nukes Israel.
He loves the smell of burnt Jewish flesh in the morning.


31 posted on 12/02/2013 8:42:29 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: flaglady47

So he can bow to them.


32 posted on 12/02/2013 8:44:54 AM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: Iron Munro
“They can take photos of Obama standing next to the record number of centerfuges still running at full speed thanks to him.”

No, Muslim Hussein wants to pose at the well where the Imam is living down the well in Iran. He can tell the Imam in the well that America gives up so maybe the Imam will come out of the well and they can have a picture made together before the Imam destroys all Christians in the world to bring about an Islamic world. See, both of them get what they wanted. I need an adult beverage after writing this.

33 posted on 12/02/2013 8:52:23 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Sub-Driver

34 posted on 12/02/2013 8:53:35 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

I think you’ve got the answer as to why Obama would go to Iran. He needs to pay homage to the Mullahs for their inspiration of progressive tactics.


35 posted on 12/02/2013 8:54:43 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Sub-Driver

Can the Israelis hold off nuking Iran until he’s there? I’d sure hate to lose AF-1 though.


36 posted on 12/02/2013 8:54:56 AM PST by Old Yeller (Obama: A dark spot in this country's history.)
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To: Sub-Driver
This isn't exactly a Nixon-to-China moment.
37 posted on 12/02/2013 8:55:38 AM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ll donate a dollar to help pay for the trip.


38 posted on 12/02/2013 9:00:01 AM PST by OldNavyVet ("Learn from science that you must doubt the experts" ... Richard Feynman)
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To: pepsionice

Good points.

I suspect he (or ValJar) thinks this will help his legacy - - 1st US Prez to visit Iran in xxx years and he’s the 1st Prez in a long time to “give peace a chance” with Iran. Perhaps they can sit around a table and smoke a peace (choom) pipe. I’m sure ValJar will accompany him, so she can see her homeland again.


39 posted on 12/02/2013 9:03:10 AM PST by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: Sub-Driver

Can they please keep him? He will be more at home there.


40 posted on 12/02/2013 9:05:13 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11) Hey, Harry Reid.. 1-800-318-2596!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

We can only hope.


41 posted on 12/02/2013 9:05:47 AM PST by Bobalu (White Boy Think A Lot)
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To: montag813
...and trade imbalance [budget deficit] that has left us owning them $1 trillion.

Fixed for you.

42 posted on 12/02/2013 9:08:14 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Sub-Driver

Because what we see as incompetence and screwing up, Obama sees as doing a good job of following his Master Plan.


43 posted on 12/02/2013 9:09:04 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: Sub-Driver; Revolting cat!

Tell them they can keep Jimmy Carter too!


44 posted on 12/02/2013 9:11:19 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Sub-Driver

If Israel has to, they can engineer a provocation and strike Iran. (As Patton suggested as a way to take out the Russians before we left Europe after WW2...p.s. He was right)


45 posted on 12/02/2013 9:11:52 AM PST by Bobalu (White Boy Think A Lot)
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To: ifinnegan

You beat me to the punch!!!

A lot of people are going to justiify this trip as similar in purpose as the Nixon/China trip implied...

Those people would be absolute nitwits if they did...

And you know, they will pounce on that like a cat on a rolled up ball of aluminum foil...

It is a cheap toy, but it’ll get a lot of play...


46 posted on 12/02/2013 9:26:21 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Good. Let Obama visit Iran and the mullahs can kidnap him and hold him for ransom. Who's wanting him back? Let him stay with his friends (and make sure Valerie Jarrett is with him).
47 posted on 12/02/2013 9:29:21 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Sub-Driver

This is all a buildup to the announcement that Iran has nukes,Obama is not going to do anything to stop Iran from getting Nukes,so he has to have an excuse.
The excuse will be,well Iran fooled us and attained nukes just like Israel,North Korea,China,Russia.
Don’t worry as you can see they are willing to talk just like all the other powers,nothing to worry about here,we are just lucky I was smart enough to open discussions with our friends in Tehran


48 posted on 12/02/2013 9:32:29 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: mojito

I think he may announced himself as the last Mufti... then the games will reeely begin.


49 posted on 12/02/2013 9:36:14 AM PST by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - ever.)
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To: epluribus_2

Mahdi not mufti . Got my evil dictators backward.


50 posted on 12/02/2013 9:37:09 AM PST by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - ever.)
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