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The ‘Historic’ Phone Call Was a Hostage Negotiation

September 29th, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Hostage negotiations are not unusual in this world–the United States has ransomed at least one such person in the last few months, but so far as I can tell, no journalist is interested in the story–indeed, it is one of the leitmotifs of the secret diplomacy that has been conducted ever since the Revolution of 1979.  What is unusual is the direct involvement of the president, and a White House that publicizes the activity.

Do you think the million-dollar “gift” is actually ransom?  I don’t, but with this crowd, most any silliness is possible.  I don’t believe it’s ransom because it’s not what the Iranians want from us (and a pre-Muslim artifact is certainly not high on their wish list).  They want us to lift sanctions, and they want some of their people released from our prisons.

So what are we to make over all this:  Two things:

First, the Rouhani circus was just that;  a show to elevate him to star celebrity status, and two gestures toward Obama, the first to insult him, the second to lure him on to believe that something good may yet come from negotiating with the Iranian regime.

Second, that the “historic” phone chat was a pretty empty event, save for the surprising revelation that the president himself is engaged in hostage negotiations.  But nobody wants to think about what that means.

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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.
51 weeks ago
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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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