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The ‘Historic’ Phone Call Was a Hostage Negotiation

September 29th, 2013 - 3:21 pm

As advertised, Hassan Rouhani was the star of the week at the Great UN Circus.  He knew it, and he treated his American hosts with arrogance and contempt, and was duly hailed as a peace-seeker.  He spent hours and hours with diplomats (just not American ones), journalists, academic apologists such as Gary Sick, and anti-American rabble rousers like Louis Farrakhan, but he didn’t have time for President Obama.

No matter.  When the Iranians told the White House that Rouhani could squeeze in a few words on the phone, Obama eagerly called him up, thereby giving the journalists and apologists the opportunity to use their prepared language about “historic conversation,” etcetera etcetera and so forth.

Rouhani’s basic message was to say “you’d better be nice to me, or you’ll get the hardliners,” and some nasties from central casting duly appeared on cue at the Tehran airport when Rouhani returned from satanic New York City, shouting at the president and even throwing a shoe.  A couple of the demonstrators were arrested, underscoring their presumed menace (anyone who believes the “protest” was spontaneous badly needs a lower-school refresher course in totalitarianism).  It was overkill;  Obama wants a deal.  He doesn’t need further convincing.

And he’s willing to pay for it.  Quite a lot, in fact.  Even before Rouhani deigned to take Obama’s call, we had given the Islamic Republic an ancient treasure, a cup crafted two millenia before Mohammed, said to be worth at least a million dollars.

Remember that Obama gave the Brits a collection of his favorite speeches.

Why such largesse?  It’s a shocking present, way beyond the normal.  Orders of magnitude greater, in fact.  What had the Iranians done to deserve it?

I don’t know, but if I were forced to answer, I’d reply with another question:  what did Obama and Rouhani talk about?  Yes, I know they exchanged pleasantries about wanting a happier world, but there was one subject raised by Obama.  A “senior administration official” told the press on background about it:

The fate of three U.S. citizens who have disappeared or been imprisoned in Iran was discussed during Friday’s historic conversation between the two nations’ presidents, a senior U.S. administration official said.

U.S. President Barack Obama, during his phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, “noted our concern about three American citizens who have been held within Iran — Robert Levinson, Saeed Abedini, and Amir Hekmati — and noted our interest in seeing those Americans reunited with their families,” the official said.

Levinson is a former FBI agent who was disappeared from Kish Island several years ago.  He was said to be investigating cigarette smuggling.  Abedini is an Iranian-American Christian minister arrested and charged with subversion.  Hekmati is an Iranian-American Marine who was said to be visiting relatives in Tehran, and was arrested and charged with espionage.

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For a pariah nation like Iran to get a personal call from the President of the USA, they would normally have to make some huge concession, breakthrough level, first. Iran gave Obama nothing, even insulted him by refusing a hallway handshake at the UN.

This man is a disgrace, an embarrassment, a clown.
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The worlds tyrants and their henchmen laugh at this pathetic man, Obama. They know his ego is driven by a kind of small man overcompensative narcissistic Napolean complex and they know how to exploit it.

But Obama is a tyrant too, just not as good as his tyrant peers, because he is held in check to a degree by a thin sheet of paper which he so loathes.

Like many tyrants, Obama is just a failed little man, a wannabe artist postal clerk, who redeems his self importance by lording over the masses and imposing his grandiose schemes like Napoleancare upon us.

The Little Corporal, Admiral-General Visionary Venture Capitalist New World Man Barack Hussein Obama II.....everything will be ok if we just do what he says. Obey.

~ The Infidel Alliance
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Any experienced negotiator will tell you that the guy who blinks first holds the weaker hand.
The single most important fact about the call is that it was Obama who placed it.
One wonders how long Rouhani left him on hold.
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Wait...IRAN got a personal phone call from the campaigner in chief? Isn't Iran supposed to be filled with the sort of people that America doesn't negotiate with?

What I find worrying is that Obama did this himself. When has any foreign policy he's been charge of been good for America?
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some phoney call. two vipers lying to each other.
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Alternate headline:
PRESIDENT LEARNS TO USE A TELEPHONE

With all of his 'leading from behind' and mystical staying in the background during key legislative negotiations, and half-baked policy sign-ons, the President has done a poor job of communicating anything outside of his perpetual re-election campaign speechifying. Even back in the Illinois Senate he was known for signing on to policy positions long after the political risk had been settled.

Obama using a telephone is a lot like Bush I seeing a grocery store scanner.
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For the last time: It was an early prototype of the automated self-serve scanners now giving people fits in grocery stores and drug stores. Would YOU have done any better than GHWB upon seeing it for the first time?
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"...in fact. What had the Iranians done to deserve it?"

For the murdering of Americans over the last thirty years!!!
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Meanwhile, Italy's government is teetering, Austria & Germany had elections, and all is not quiet in Europe.

Plus we have more of the same from "the Sons of Allah", as found at http://www.facingislam.blogspot.com & http://twitter.com/MidnightWatcher

Isn't about time that the weird little ruler from North Korea get attention, because methinks I have seen this multi ring circus before.
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You don't negotiate with those that want you dead, you destroy them

You don't negotiate with those that look to deceive you, because there is no negotiations that are happening in good faith


Qur'an (3:54) - “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.

Qur'an:8:39 "Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah."
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How tragic that we can see stuff like this [see above] here, talking amongst ourselves, but yet not-a-one of our Major Media institutions will reproduce what The Qur'an states and exhorts in black and white.
"...but, there's no bias in the Media..." say the mumbling dumbed-down masses and we plunge on toward an anything-but-certain future.
Institutions of all sorts fail in their mandates and responsibilities, accelerating the downward plunge.
Looks like a good day to start drinking heavily........
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