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November 8, 2013

Obama Administration Began Lifting Sanctions On Iran 'Five Months Ago'

Topics: Iran, Political News and commentaries

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Softening sanctions on Iran before a nuclear deal is reached telegraphs to Iran that Obama is a weak negotiator and can be played long enough for them to finish their development of nuclear weapons. Sanctions against Iran were enacted by Congress and Iran has taken no verifiable steps and made no assurances that it had halted its development of nuclear weapons, yet just as with illegal immigration, Obama has chosen to simply ignore the law ... and then lie about it on Wednesday, saying ongoing negotiations haven't been about lifting sanctions.

From The Daily Beast - 'Long before a nuclear deal was in reach, the U.S. was quietly lifting some of the financial pressure on Iran':

The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran's new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.

While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran -- relief from crippling sanctions -- began quietly and modestly five months ago.

A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.

On Wednesday Obama said in an interview with NBC News the negotiations in Geneva "are not about easing sanctions." "The negotiations taking place are about how Iran begins to meet its international obligations and provide assurances not just to us but to the entire world," the president said.

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As Jonathan S. Tobin points out today at Commentary, By acting in this manner, the U.S. was already telegraphing to the Iranians that they were in the process of backing away from a determination to press them hard in order to secure the end of Iran's nuclear program, as the president pledged last year in the presidential debates.

While the administration and its apologists will defend this as a necessary move in order to entice the Iranians to the table, what this does is make it clear to Rouhani's boss, Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that he has nothing to fear from the Americans. After more than a decade of diplomatic deception, the Iranians finally have what they wanted: an American president and secretary of state ready to recognize their "right" to enrich uranium and to hold on to to their nuclear fuel stockpile and to loosen sanctions in exchange for easily evaded promises. The next stop is not, as the administration may hope, a deal in six months to end the nuclear threat, but an Iran that knows that the sanctions have already begun to unravel emboldened to dig in its heels even further.

Like the clandestine manner with which the administration has already weakened the existing sanctions, this deal breaks a promise the president made to the American people as well as to our allies. All Americans as well as Israelis and moderate Arabs worried about the Iranian threat have to hold on to now are more of Obama's promises. But with a presidential credibility gap that is currently as big as the Grand Canyon, anyone who takes him at his word without a look at the fine print is making a colossal error.

Meanwhile, as Obama fiddles and Iran plays him for a fool as it buys time to finish the development of its nuclear weapons program, USA Today reports that Iran is likely only a month or so away from having a nuclear bomb.

Posted by Hyscience at November 8, 2013 4:11 PM

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