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‘Close to Taking a Bad Deal with a Bad Regime’: Kerry Hops on Plane to Join Iran Talks

Administration fast-track comes as they know Congress can override a veto of sanctions legislation; Iran says U.S. isn't at the driver's wheel anymore.

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Bridget Johnson

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November 22, 2013 - 6:11 pm
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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry hopped a plane to Geneva today to join the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, sharply raising speculation that the White House plans to rush through a deal this weekend.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, a onetime campaign manager at the Democratic National Committee named to her current post by Hillary Clinton, was sent to Geneva on Tuesday for the next round of talks.

“Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva later today with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday afternoon. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had already joined the meeting.

The fast-tracking of a deal comes after a week of lobbying Congress to not pass new sanctions on Iran — and Congress not listening.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) indicated on the floor that he will support a new sanctions bill and bring it to the floor after lawmakers return from the Thanksgiving break on Dec. 9.

Shortly after Reid announced his support, a Group of 14 was announced to forge bipartisan legislation: Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“A nuclear weapons capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security interest of the United States and its allies and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability,” the senators said in a joint statement.
The mounting support for new sanctions — as Obama’s deal with Iran promises to peel back some of the existing ones — indicates that the administration feels it’s racing against the clock to beat Congress to the punch and ink a deal with the Islamic Republic.

That urgency — and likely desire to thumb its nose at the legislative branch, at least until they are able to fire their own volley with a bill — also comes with the realization that Reid’s support, coupled with already strong support for sanctions in the House and Senate, means Congress could easily override Obama with a veto-proof majority.

The last sanctions bill in the House passed 400-20.

Schumer, Casey, Menendez, Graham, McCain and Collins wrote Kerry this week, demanding that he take any rollback of sanctions off the negotiating table.

“We are concerned that the interim agreement would require us to make significant concessions before we see Iran demonstrably commit to moving away from developing a nuclear weapons capability,” the senators wrote to Kerry.

“It is our understanding that the interim agreement now under consideration would not require Iran to even meet the terms of prior United Nations Security Council resolutions which require Iran to suspend its reprocessing, heavy water-related and enrichment-related activities and halt ongoing construction of any uranium-enrichment, reprocessing, or heavy water-related facilities,” they continued. “…We feel strongly that any easing of sanctions along the lines that the P5+1 is reportedly considering should require Iran to roll back its nuclear program more significantly than now envisioned.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney said today that the P5+1 “is unified on the offer that has been made to the Iranians and there is a process that continues as we speak in Geneva as these issues are worked on.”

“The fact is we’re not reading out hour by hour or day by day the meetings in Geneva, but we believe that the first round provided progress that indicated that it is at least possible to reach an agreement on this first phase, and an agreement that allows for a verifiable decision by Iran to halt any progress on its nuclear program and to roll back key aspects of it as we’ve discussed,” Carney continued. “And on the parameters of that agreement, we have all in the P5+1 been in consensus and continue to be.”

A deal at the first round of negotiations was reportedly halted by France, and President Francois Hollande then flew to Israel to confer with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who praised France as “one of six” in the P5+1 standing up for the Jewish state in talks over the nuclear program.

Then this afternoon, the White House announced that President Obama would fete Hollande at a state dinner on Feb. 11. “The United States and France are close friends and allies, including through NATO, and our countries have worked together to support democracy, liberty, and freedom at home and abroad for more than two centuries,” Obama said in a statement. “During the visit, we will discuss opportunities to further strengthen the U.S.-France security and economic partnership.”

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Sending John Kerry to represent America's best interests and negotiate an Obama-backed arms deal with a bunch of lying cutthroat Iranian islamo-facists is akin to sending a sub-par Checkers player from Chicago to match wits against world class Chess masters on a global stage.

Nothing good will come from either.









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John Kerry America's worst Secretary Of State since.............well since Shrillary BENGHAZI Cliton.
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"Iran says U.S. isn't at the driver's wheel anymore."

I don't get it. What on earth could make Iran think that we don't wield the clout that we used to? I am scratching my head, and just cannot come up with an answer for the life of me.

Another one of life's great mysteries, I suppose....
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Lawless, reckless and criminally negligent. We are in the very best of hands
1 year ago
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If you like your Islamic bomb, you can keep it.
But seriously folks, all you need to know about this situation is the following:

Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).
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WE CAN COUNT ON JOHN KERRY...

To arrive at the grand bargain that will put the United States in the worst possible position globally.

John Forbes Kerry, who used his service in Vietnam as a launching point for his political career by cutting himself with some very, very sharp paper on numerous occasions such that he would have the gravitas of a wounded veteran to s*** all over this nation, will continue his lifelong treason by playing the part of the enabler to the Iranians such that they achieve their goal of a functional nuclear weapon.

Sadly, we the living will be witness to another nuclear strike. The nation of Iran will make good their threat to destroy Israel, only to find that their attempt will be countered by a real man who does not find sexual solace with goats in the person of Benjamin Netanyahu.

If you have never visited Tehran, it is likely that you never will.
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Agree with all you wrote except the part about Benjamin Netanyahu being a goat. :)
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