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February 18, 2014 - 7:26 am

A senior administration official admitted that the Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments about a nuclear deal being doomed and duplicitous should slightly lower expectations going into the next round of talks in Vienna.

The P5+1 is meeting to take the six-month interim agreement and forge it into a long-term agreement, but the Supreme Leader’s statements sought to dampen any real or feigned optimism from the White House.

 

 

When asked how the White House was interpreting those comments, a senior administration official at a special briefing in Vienna said “I think you have to ask him what his intentions were.” This was followed by laughter.

“But I think you know he made the statement he did today – President Obama has said that he believes this is a 50-50 proposition. So I think, probably with all of you, we don’t have to worry about high expectations,” the official said.

“And indeed, I think it is right to approach these negotiations with a sober frame of mind. If this were easy to do, it would have been done a very long time ago. It is extraordinary that we were able to take a first step, commitments of which are being kept by everyone. We now have to build on that so that it is not the only step and it is not the last step. But it is very complex; it is very difficult. We are all committed to working as hard as we possibly can, as fast as we can, but this is a very detailed-oriented comprehensive agreement with very difficult decisions that have to be taken by everybody. So I certainly think leadership all over the world is keeping expectations at the appropriate place – cautious, very cautious.”

The administration official also said they have no qualms about telling congressional Democrats who want to pass a sanctions bill with a veto-proof majority to worry more about the White House’s desires than their midterm elections.

“What I will say is that many people have brought up our midterm elections, and won’t that have pressure on what we do? And I would say that throughout this process, the president, the secretary of State have made – and policymakers in U.S. government – have made decisions they thought served the national security interest of the United States. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have worked so hard to tell the Congress, ‘Please do not pass new sanctions legislation now.’ The politically easy thing to do would have been to say, ‘Okay.’ But that wasn’t, in the view of the president and the secretary and all of us, the right thing to do.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"When asked how the White House was interpreting those comments, a senior administration official at a special briefing in Vienna said “I think you have to ask him what his intentions were.” This was followed by laughter."

Of course it was.

Because it has been said repeatedly, Laughter Is the Messed Bedouin.
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To have a sober frame of mind assumes that one has a mind. These mindless morons don't seem to understand that someone is playing mind games with them.
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Do we even know where all the centrifuges are?
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I think the Ayatollah is basically looking for Obama to sweeten the deal. If Obama does even more to back off on sanctions and to sanctify the continuation of Iran's nuclear program, the Ayatollah may think more favorably about honoring any agreement. Or at least pretend to do so, while cheating enormously.

Even if the language doesn't actually say that explicitly, I think that's the message between the lines....

The ayatollah knows his Obama. He knows that Obama desperately wants something he can call a deal on this matter so that he can resume helping Iran overtly. He knows that Obama will never seriously verify Iranian compliance of any agreement so he has no real hesitation in promising anything that will get a deal. The ayatollah is just expressing doubt about the success of the process so that Obama gives him even more than he already has.
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"When asked how the White House was interpreting those comments, a senior administration official at a special briefing in Vienna said “I think you have to ask him what his intentions were.” This was followed by laughter."

Of course it was.

Because it has been said repeatedly, Laughter Is the Messed Bedouin.
35 weeks ago
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Dealing with the Iranians is like dealing with the mob - you'll have a 'deal' for as long as it suits them. Lying doesn't seem to bother them too much, and their 'religion' lets them get away with lying to 'non-believers'. I wonder if the ass-clowns in the WH even took that into consideration.

What we have is a country being ran primarily by college theoreticians - IE - educators. Just shows you how stupid those college theoreticians really are - America's youth are being cheated of an education by theoreticians masquerading as experts.

I rest my case...

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I'm relieved, for a while I thought would have to worry about, as Obama's flack put it, "high expectations", good of him and Obama to tell us what is apparent, that this is both a deliberate fail and a set up that benefits Iran.
Boring, just another bow to islamic radicalism.
And as always and to be expected, to worry more the WH's desires, not the elections, me first as always. Surly Democrats will love that one. Hey, he's your leader boys and girls.
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