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We're Going with the Ayatollah on this One

Ayatollah and Obama

A few days ago CHQ Editor George Rasley noted in his article “Who to Believe: Obama or the Ayatollahs?” that what was being said in the West and what was being said in Iran about the #AprilFoolsDeal legitimizing Iran’s nuclear weapons program were two conflicting, and in some cases exactly opposite things.

The best and most accessible source for this conclusion is Amir Taheri’s article “Iran’s Persian statement on ‘deal’ contradicts Obama’s claims.” Taheri is a native Iranian who came to the West after the Islamist revolution and friends formerly in the intelligence community who know Farsi, the official language of Iran, confirm Taheri is a credible source on the nuances of the Iranian language and how the Ayatollahs are talking about the agreement, or lack thereof.

Yesterday, Thomas Joscelyn writing for The Weekly Standard in “Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses WH of 'Lying,' Being 'Deceptive,' and Having 'Devilish' Intentions” peeled back another layer on Obama’s deception regarding the level of mutuality in the so-called framework nuclear agreement.

Joscelyn noted that while other Iranian officials have negotiated with Western powers over the mullahs’ nuclear program, Ayatollah Khamenei’s opinion is the only one that really counts. It is for this reason that Obama began writing directly to Khamenei early in his presidency.

Yesterday says Joscelyn, Khamenei broke his silence on the supposed “framework” the Obama administration has been trumpeting as the basis for a nuclear accord. Khamenei’s speech pulled the rug out from underneath the administration.

Khamenei accused the Obama administration of “lying” about the proposed terms, being “deceptive,” and having “devilish” intentions, according to multiple published accounts of his speech, as well as posts on his official Twitter feed. 

Joscelyn says Khamenei also disputed the key terms Obama administration officials have said were agreed upon in principle. Economic sanctions will not be phased out once Iran’s compliance has been “verified,” according to the Ayatollah. Instead, Khamenei said that if the U.S. wants a deal, then all sanctions must be dropped as soon as the agreement is finalized. Khamenei also put strict limits on the reach of the inspectors who would be tasked with this verification process in the first place.

Beginning earlier this month and in the days since, notes Joscelyn, Obama and his advisers have attempted to portray the negotiations as major step forward. During an appearance in the Rose Garden on April 2, Obama said the U.S. and its allies have “reached a historic understanding with Iran.”

Khamenei does not agree. “There was no need to take a position” on the supposed deal before today, Khamenei said. “The officials are saying that nothing has been done yet and nothing is obligatory. I neither agree nor disagree [with any deal].”

"What has been done so far does not guarantee an agreement, nor its contents, nor even that the negotiations will continue to the end," Khamenei elaborated according to Joscelyn’s analysis. 

Now here’s what we consider to be the key point in Joscelyn’s article.

When Obama announced that a “framework” for the deal was in place earlier this month, Joscelyn reminds us that the administration released a fact sheet purportedly showing the agreed upon “parameters.” The White House said the terms outlined in the fact sheet “reflect the significant progress that has been made in discussions between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran.”

Khamenei, says Joscelyn, would beg to differ.

“The White House put out a statement just a few hours after our negotiators finished their talks...this statement, which they called a 'fact sheet', was wrong on most of the issues," Khamenei said, according to Reuters. Khamenei added that the fact sheet, which doesn’t match Iran’s understanding, exposes America’s “devilish” intentions.

What was Obama’s reaction to this statement from the leader of his “negotiating partner” that there was no understanding, agreement or even a deal to keep talking?

It was to ignore the Ayatollah’s remarks and keep selling the lie that he was confident that the framework would ensure that Iran didn’t obtain nuclear weapons.

Congress will return to Washington next week after a two-week recess, and they’re scheduled to take up legislation that gives them a say and would require Obama to give them 60 days to review the Iran deal, and blocking the White House from immediately easing congressional sanctions imposed on the Tehran government.

Obama is, of course, against this sensible constitutional exercise of the Senate’s advice and consent power over treaties and has enlisted Democrats to help quash the legislation.

Among their more bizarre stratagems is an amendment proposed by Senator Chris Coons of Delaware that would remove a provision from the bill requiring Iran to renounce terrorism The Coons amendment obviously begs the question if Iran doesn’t renounce terrorism why would we want a state sponsor of terrorism to have nuclear weapons?

But the Iran nuclear deal is a legacy issue for Obama, so never mind the complete lack of logic behind Coons’ effort to preserve it.

In pursuit of this “legacy” treaty once again Obama is resorting to the big lie to sell something that if the truth were revealed would never be accepted by the American people.

Just like Obamacare was sold on the lie that “if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance,” so the #AprilFoolsDeal with Iran is being sold on the lie that “if you like your radical Islamist regime without nuclear weapons, you can keep your radical Islamist regime without nuclear weapons.”

When Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Obama is “lying” about the proposed terms of the nuclear deal, being “deceptive,” and having “devilish” intentions, this is one time we’ve got to go with the Ayatollah.

We urge you to use the hashtag #AprilFoolsDeal in social media to tell your friends and contacts to contact their Senators and Representative to demand Congress stop this folly before Iran has a nuclear weapon. The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044, please call and urge your Senators to support the Corker 60-day review bill and to oppose amendments, such as the Coons amendment, that would dilute it.

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