RUSH: New York Times today. This is David Sanger and Michael Gordon. “With a negotiating deadline just two days away, Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country,” i.e., as in enriched uranium.
“For months, Iran tentatively agreed that it would send a large portion of its stockpile of uranium to Russia, where it would not be accessible for use in any future weapons program. But on Sunday IranÂ’s deputy foreign minister made a surprise comment to Iranian reporters, ruling out an agreement that involved giving up a stockpile that Iran has spent years and billions of dollars to amass. ‘The export of stocks of enriched uranium is not in our program, and we do not intend sending them abroad,’ the official, Abbas Araqchi, told the Iranian media, according to Agence France-Presse. ‘There is no question of sending the stocks abroad.'”
Well, everybody thought you were going to. Obama thought you were going to. The idiot John — sorry — secretary of state John Kerry thought you were going to. The American negotiating team, the United Nations all thought that you were gonna keep to the agreement. This is what happens. The Iranians are stringing people — the news that’s come out about this whole thing over the course of the weekend has just been breathtaking.
“A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr. Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any ‘sense’ in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told.” Hey, that sounds like just like in America.
Let me nutshell this for you. An editor of the Iran Student Correspondents Association has defected to Switzerland. He managed the PR of the supposedly moderate Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani during his 2013 supposed campaign. He was sent to Switzerland to cover the nuclear talks but he said he couldn’t do his job as a journalist ’cause he was told what to write in his articles, and he said said — and this is the actual lead to the story. Are you listening? He said, quote, “The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on IranÂ’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal.” Which sounds like the truth to me, folks.
This guy, who has defected from Iran because as a journalist he was being told what to write, he didn’t feel safe, he thought he was being lied to, he couldn’t practice journalism, quote, unquote, like he wanted to. He said over the weekend — this was one of the big stories over the weekend — the US negotiating team, led by John Kerry, “are mainly there to speak on IranÂ’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal.”
Translation: The US team is working with the Iranians to convince France and other 5+1 countries to go along with the deal. The United States team is not negotiating with the 5+1 countries and representing them. This defector says the US has assumed and taken the role of advancing the Iranian position at the 5+1 talks. And a lot of people, they were shocked that such a thing could be admitted to. I don’t know how many people are really surprised by it.
Look, folks, it isn’t a surprise that Obama is literally doing his best to revive Iran and to cement them as the regional power in the Middle East. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
RUSH: Okay. So the negotiation deadline’s tomorrow. So here is… This is what the Iranians always do. At the last minute, they change terms of the deal or announce that they’re not going to abide by something already agreed to, in this case the disposition of their enriched uranium. They even objected to a deal that would dilute it, and they could still take possession of it or keep it. They rejected that.
Then the Russians and Putin said, “Hey, we’ll take it,” to which… I mean, that’s like giving Colonel Sanders your chickens. So that didn’t fly because the Iranians are gonna give it up. What the Iranians do then… Okay, so this causes another delay, when everybody thought they were soooo close. “Oh, my God, we’re so close! For the first time ever, we can have a deal!” The Iranians back out.
But they’re so close that the Americans and the West hang in there. They extend the deadline, which was supposed to be hard and fast. All the while, the Iranians keep progressing toward the development of a nuclear weapon while we wring our hands over being so close to a deal. “We were so close!” We devise a way to get back to that so-close point. This is what they always do. I think France and some of the other countries involved here are starting to acknowledge the game.
Whereas John Kerry and the American delegation doesn’t care. They want Iran… They want a deal, just like Obama wanted health care. He didn’t care what it was. He didn’t care good, bad, indifferent, he… Well, he knew. But in the terms of the actual details, he doesn’t care. He didn’t care. All he wants is: “Obama got health care! Obama got Iran nuclear deal! Obama this! Legacy! Obama, greatest president ever! Obama did everything no president was ever able to do.”
That’s what he wants. And then the minute anybody comes along and tries to unravel it or unwind it there was gonna be hell to pay when that happens. It’s all a disaster, and we’re pulling ourselves out of the Middle East in terms of any real influence in peacekeeping or the maintenance of traditional American values there, and it’s now said to be good! “Well, that’s good, Rush. That’s good. You know what? Let these people just fight it out! What are we doing being World Cop anyway?
“We got no business being World Cop. If the Iranians want to go to war with the Saudis over Yemen and Iraqis want to get in there, go ahead, Rush! Let it happen. Why should it be any of our business?” Now, when we depended on Middle Eastern oil more than we do, ah, it could have been a reason why we were more engaged. But I fear that the reason behind this thinking, “Hey, it’s okay we’re not involved,” is precisely because there are more and more people beginning to think that we are not a good guy.
That our presence doesn’t mean anything, that America stands for nothing good, that America isn’t the solution to the world’s problems, that we are only the problem, which is clearly what Obama and his team believe. So that’s why all this stuff. Here, look at this. I’ll give you an example. This is a story from TheHill.com: “Arab League to Create Collective Military Force — The Arab League on Sunday decided it would build a joint military force featuring combat units from each of its 22 member nations.”
Gee, what could go wrong with that?
This is, I think, a good example what happens when the USA pulls out. We pull out or pull back and somebody’s gonna move in to fill the vacuum, fill the void. And if it’s the bad guys moving in to fill the void, where are we left? Whether you like it or not, as the world’s lone superpower, we have interests all over the world. Everything that happens in the world could be said to be of interest to the United States.
In large part because, as the lone superpower, we are also the biggest target. If you have a president who thinks we deserve to be the biggest target because we behaved as bad guys for all these years — and you can understand all the animosity towards us because of people like Bush and Cheney and Halliburton, the Iraq war, whatever else — then you’re gonna be of the belief that whatever suffering or harm comes to the United States or its interests. “Well, we deserve it because look how we treated them in the past!” is the cockamamie thinking that guides current foreign policy.
It never ends.
It just never ends.