I don’t trust him. No, not Zarif or Rhouhani.
I do not trust the President of the United States and he’s earned that mistrust. As expected Obama was out front preening about his “achievement”:
“Today, after many months of tough, principled diplomacy, we have achieved the framework for that deal. And it is a good deal,” Obama said.
Obama delivered his statement from the Rose Garden where he described it as an “historic” agreement. He said he is “convinced” that, if the framework leads to a final agreement, “it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer.”
The interpretation of this “good deal” varies greatly.
In one corner, ardent supporters, like the White House, touted it as a resolution in which they didn’t waver from their core beliefs. Iranian officials boasted the same.
It’s an interesting deal when no one has to compromise a thing.
There is someone uniquely qualified to analyzing the curiously divergent versions of the agreement and that person is Amer Taheri. In the NY Post he outlines the conflicting positions of the US and Iran regarding this deal. The first thing Taheri notes is that there is no agreement as yet. Then he observes the wildly differing number of words in the translated texts:
First, we have a joint statement in English in 291 words by Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif and the European Union foreign policy point-woman Federica Mogherini, who led the so-called P5+1 group of nations including the US in the negotiations.
Next we have the official Iranian text, in Persian, which runs into 512 words. The text put out by the French comes with 231 words. The prize for “spinner-in-chief” goes to US Secretary of State John Kerry who has put out a text in 1,318 words and acts as if we have a done deal.
The there is careful choice of language by the Iranians:
When referring to what Iran is supposed to do, the Iranian text uses a device of Persian grammar known as “nakarah,” a form of verbs in which the authorship of a deed remains open to speculation.
For example: “ It then happened that . . .” or “that is to be done.”
But when it comes to things the US and allies are supposed to do, the grammatical form used is “maerfah” which means the precise identification of the author.
Those US claims about reducing the number of centrifuges?
The American text claims that Iran has agreed to do this or that, for example reducing the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to 6,500.
The Iranian text, however, says that Iran “shall be able to . . .” or “qader khahad boud” in Farsi to do such a thing. The same is true about enrichment in Fordow. The Americans say Iran has agreed to stop enrichment there for 15 years. The Iranian text, however, refers to this as something that Iran “will be able to do,” if it so wished.
Taheri rips into what he generously calls “outrageous claims” by Obama:
The first was that when he became president Iran had “ thousands of centrifuges” which would now be cut down to around 6,000. In fact, in 2008, Iran had only 800 centrifuges. It was on Obama’s watch and because of his perceived weakness that Iran speeded up its nuclear program.
The second claim was that thanks to the scheme he is peddling “all of Iran’s paths” to developing a nuclear arsenal would be blocked. And, yet, in the same remarks he admitted that even if the claimed deal is fully implemented, Iran would still be able to build a bomb in just a year, presumably jumping over the “blocked paths.”
Obama lied again. Imagine that. Then there’s third one in classic Obama straw man style:
Obama’s worst claim was that the only alternative to his attempts at surrendering to the obnoxious Khomeinist regime would be US involvement in “another ground war in the Middle East.”
He ignores the fact that forcing Iran through diplomatic action, sanctions and proximity pressures to abide by six UN resolutions could also be regarded as an alternative. In other words, preemptive surrender is not the only alternative to war.
If you don’t want to bite into the shit sandwich it’s because you want war.
Iran claims the agreement will allow them to continue to enrich uranium at Fordow, not ship enriched uranium out to Russia for processing and that all sanctions will end immediately upon a final agreement.
So Americans are left to choose who they would believe. My money is on the Iranians because Barack Obama is a goddam liar. When Obama tells me this is a good deal all I hear is “You can keep your plan and your doctor no matter what.”