The PJ Tatler

How Stupid Is the Obama Administration?

Or naive. Or, let’s face it, evil. It appears that we have an entire administration of expensively credentialed plutocrats, without the slightest clue how the world really works. Bibi Netanhayu gave his “good friend” John Kerry a hint yesterday when he referred to Iran as a “Persian bazaar,” where the hondeling is part of the fun and cheating is the name of the game. And now here come the Iranians to prove it!

Iran rejected on Tuesday as “unacceptable” U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported. Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers met for a second day of negotiations and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stinging critique of the agreement they are trying to hammer out.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met a day after Obama told Reuters that Iran must commit to a verifiable halt of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear work for a landmark atomic deal to be reached. “Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Zarif was quoted by Fars as saying.

When dealing with anybody named “Mohammed” in that part of the world, it’s always wise to count your fingers after the handshake, but our intrepidly idiotic secretary of state plunges ahead, willing to absorb any humiliation for the sake of his boss, who’s still licking his wounds after yesterday beating by Bibi.

Obama’s stance … is expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases,” he was reported as saying, adding that talks with Kerry in Switzerland would nonetheless carry on.

The aim of the negotiations is to persuade Iran to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled the oil exporter’s economy, thereby reducing the risk of war over the protracted dispute. The United States and some of its allies, notably Israel, suspect Iran of using its civil nuclear program as a cover to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Iran denies this, saying it is for peaceful purposes such as generating electricity.

Speaking before the U.S. Congress in Washington, Netanyahu warned Obama against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a “countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare” by a country that “will always be an enemy of America”.

But of course the Iranians will carry on — they’re getting everything they want. As I pointed out in this space nearly two weeks ago, the whole point of these “negotiations” is to give Iran a legitimate path to the bomb within ten years and probably a lot sooner, as in tomorrow — a point the Israeli prime minister made in his speech to Congress yesterday. And if Congress won’t oblige by ratifying whatever bad deal Barry Hussein & Co. come up with, well… there’s always executive action to make sure Valerie Jarrett’s Islamic friends get what they want.