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The Nuclear Negotiations
Iran Talks: Absolution Without Confession

Secretary of State John Kerry, making his first public appearance since he broke his leg, suggested that sanctions on Iran may be lifted before international inspectors are able to find definitive proof on whether prior Iranian nuclear research was aimed at developing a nuclear bomb. Secretary Kerry’s argument appears to be that Iran’s confession isn’t necessary because American intelligence already knows everything: “We have no doubt,” he said. “We have absolute knowledge with respect to the certain military activities they were engaged in.”

Experts warn, however, that this latest apparent cave-in not only undermines IAEA inspectors before they’ve even started their monitoring role, but also sends a strong signal about just how badly the United States wants the deal, weakening its position. “If the U.S. government knows so much about Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” the president of the Institution for Science and International Security said to the New York Times, it “should publish openly a detailed history of Iran’s nuclear program, including names, dates, activities and places.”

The Administration, though, is prepared to offer absolution without confession. This might not be so concerning were it part of a true grand bargain. If, however, it is yet another major concession made simply for the purpose of keeping the ball rolling—if, as the Administration’s critics allege, the negotiations have become their own end—then it paints a very different picture. It suggests that U.S. diplomats may have started to see a bad deal as better than no deal at all.

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  • sacip

    2 questions: What medication is Kerry taking, and How do I get some? I guess the only good news here is that he’s too dim to know that he probably shouldn’t be opening up like this and publicly acknowledging what most folks already suspect about Obama needing even a lousy deal with Iran.

  • adk

    US diplomats simply execute a three-step set of instructions from Obama. Here it is (don’t ask me how I got it, but I did):

    Step 1. Put forward a demand on Iran.

    Step 2. If Iran accepts it, great. If not, remove the demand and claim we didn’t really need it.

    Step 3. Repeat Steps 1-2 until we get to signing.

  • Boritz

    ” It suggests that U.S. diplomats may have started to see a bad deal as better than no deal at all.”

    Well of course some kind of deal is better than no deal in this situation. This shows our position of strength and sanity. There is no evidence that Iran is working over the administration because they feel so empowered they believe they have the upper hand. And who believes Kerry really broke his leg.

    • Andrew Allison

      Those who don’t know you might miss the sarcasm dripping from your comment.

    • fastrackn1

      “And who believes Kerry really broke his leg.”

      The same people that believe in Kerry’s Vietnam stories….

  • CapitalHawk

    Well, since I have been assured by the US Government that they are well aware of the status of WMDs in a certain Middle East country and that I should just trust them, I have nothing to worry about and nothing could go wrong, right? Right? RIGHT?!?

  • iconoclast

    I remain confused as to why the U.S. Is so anxious to lift sanctions on an unrepentant terror state like Iran. Iran is building nuclear weapons and lifting sanctions will only increase the pace of that development as well as provide more funding for their terror proxies like Hezbola. Has anyone made any case for this appeasement?

    • Andrew Allison

      It’s the legacy, stupid! Naturally, when the first Iranian bomb is detonated, it will all be Bush’s fault.

      • iconoclast

        I must be too dim to understand why a historic failure like granting Iran a free hand to develop nuclear weapons and the money to do it is a desired legacy. Let’s hope the price we pay is low.

        • Andrew Allison

          Unhappily, the price is likely to be very, very high — but it’s all Bush’s fault.

          • iconoclast

            Obama and his cronies will probably just say it is “chickens, coming home to rooost”.

    • adk

      Yes, the case for appeasement has been made

      The 36-Year Project to Whitewash Iran by Sohrab Ahmari

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Obama is by far the worst President in American History.

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