Obama’s Glass-Half-Empty Attitude About Iran Nuclear Deal

"I wouldn't say that it's more than 50-50," president says

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President Barack Obama said he thinks there’s no more than a 50% chance of striking a comprehensive deal with Iran over its nuclear weapon program, but that diplomatic negotiation is the best way to proceed.

“If you ask me what is the likelihood that we’re able to arrive at the end state … I wouldn’t say that it’s more than 50-50,” Obama said at a Brookings Institute forum Saturday, a departure from his hopeful rhetoric to ease American and Israeli concerns about a final deal. “But we have to try.”

“If at the end of six months it turns out we can’t make a deal,” Obama said, “we are no worse off.” The six-month interim deal, which diplomats agreed on with Iran officials last month, temporarily stalls the nation from enriching uranium to produce weapons-grade material, the Associated Press reports. Obama also vowed U.S. sanctions will be reinstated and tightened if Iran doesn’t follow through.

The U.S. will join Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia next year to negotiate a plan to remove Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons. American diplomats have worked to ease Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s concerns over the deal. Netanyahu is scheduled to address Obama’s forum Sunday, calling last month’s interim pact the “deal of the century” for Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged to keep Israel in close consultation as they work towards a deal.

[AP]

32 comments
gratitude52
gratitude52

What nonsense saying that if they have to impose sanctions after 6 months they are 'no worse off.' 

Zarif has already said that if the US intend to impose sanctions, even after 6 months, the November 24 deal is off.

So, do we listen to what Zarif is saying and not allow this facade to continue for 6 more months and bring this to a head, or alternatively close our ears and pretend that the Iranian regime are serious about ceasing their aim of becoming a nuclear.

Iran keeps spitting in our face and we stick to our guns and pretend that this hate fuelled rhetoric, spewing from their vile mouths, is not important and shlould not be taken seriously.

Remember the guy with the little moustache, well we didn't take him seriously either and look at the consequences.

The Iranian regime are no different. Through deceit and delay they are the winners here.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Obama himself is half empty, half full man of character and intellect. Tepid is the word. Supposed to be brilliant but shows nothing as proof. On the contrary his actions and decisions shows otherwise. Since he wont show his academic records, people have to go by his actions and decisions. Which shows man of no intellect. As for character, this is a man who profess love of country but help its enemies, promises transparence but the most secretive and most corrupt President in this Nation`s history.

josephinehydehartley
josephinehydehartley

But what is meant by " the end state" one wonders?. Does it mean a position of settled peace and contentment for everyone concerned or is it going to be some ridiculously expensive on going process that effectively never ends? 



boulderfinfan
boulderfinfan

Obama has to kiss the butt of the jewish lobby. That's why he has to meet with the Jewish leaders constantly. They decide our foreign policy in the middle east through their lobby not the president. It's a shame really.

mrxexon
mrxexon

Kahn 

You can take your comment and shoved it right back up the same orifice it fell out of, zionist. There is no greater nuclear threat in the Middle East than Israhell.

Iran is nothing but your tool of diversion. But the world is wising up to you and that's a good thing.


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collioure
collioure

50-50?

That's better than his other ratings these days.

kahn
kahn

... we are no worse off.... this man is a fool... the Iranians got billions of dollars and repair of their economy and they will stockpile for six months...then create the nuke bomb.... and drop it on Israel.... then we will have a nuke war... and Israel will wipe out

the middle east... they have nothing to lose...all of them are going to die... thanks ...Obama....

simonzee197340
simonzee197340

What Obama is doing is the only thing that can isolate Sunni extremism. If he can secure peace with Iran and the Shia they can then turn their attention to cutting off the heads of those Sunni autocrats funding terrorism and exploiting their own people and whoever else is dumb enough to follow all the fundamentalist drivel. This is the only move post Libya that Obama has got right.

HariharanHaran
HariharanHaran

I wonder why US military have no rest ? They do experiments with inhuman and nuclear ways. In future most of them will be of surrogate mother's children from India, Indonesia, Philippines . Why could they select Uganda,West Indies etc ?

mrxexon
mrxexon

Overall, the president is still popular with the common man. At the end of the day, that's all that really matters if your loyalty is to the people.

The only real stink coming off the progress we've made with Iran is from Israel, zionists, and their many minions in the US government and media...


You know who you are. So do I.



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tobydawn
tobydawn

You cannot expect any one leader, including President Obama, to control something that has been manifesting for many, many years in the Middle East, at least he is trying. Does anyone have the cure for hatred? 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Most Corrupt in History? Wasn't it your pal Reagan that set the record for the most officials arrested, indicted and forced to resign.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@boulderfinfan Actually his records shows he is partial to the Iranian, Muslims and Arabs. Dont be so hateful to the Jews. Israel could not even get help from Jews here in this country if they conflicted with Obama`s interest.

ngl42398
ngl42398

Yes. YOU know what's up. Israel has a lot more sway with the US than Iran, therefore any countries that Israel doesn't like get a ton of crap from the US. The US needs to break free of Israel's influence. It'll be better for the world as a whole.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mrxexon With its nuclear capacity for decades, you never heard Israel threatening its neighbors. But Iran with no nuclear capacity yet have been threatening Israel. I would like to call you a moron but it is not fair to morons.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@collioure I love it! Ratings comments coming from someone whose party's popularity is sitting at less than 25% of Obama's. 

kahn
kahn

@simonzee197340 : you fool... the shia and iran are the leaders of the major terrorist groups....

yogi
yogi

Best spam post ever.

kahn
kahn

@HariharanHaran : you sound like someone did an experiment on you... they removed your brain...

kahn
kahn

@tobydawn : yep... a flock of nuke missiles..... right now...

rt2012
rt2012

Just because you keep posting this sh*t ad infinitum in various threads does not make it true, except maybe in your small mind....The world has moved beyond the bushy prophecy

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

John get a clue. There is no way he gets impeached despite all the lies Fox News and the Right Wing blogosphere come up with.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

You don't hear about Israel threatening its neighbors? Did you fall asleep earlier this year when they did air strikes on Syria?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@kahn @simonzee197340 That is why it so hard arguing with them as you do not know if they are feigning ignorance or just plain ignorant. But it can help you pass the time. Discussing or playing around with these idiots is entertaining.

JohnNagel
JohnNagel

@rt2012 and im doing this for you, fundamental human rights are at stake.

JohnNagel
JohnNagel

@rt2012 suggest you read again check footnotes and wake up to what is happening in world of pscyhotronic weaponry, i agrree with you re bush. and every word is true.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Amusingly we have and are also the only country to actually use nukes in on civilians. So perhaps the US should have their nuclear arsenal taken away.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@mantisdragon91 Mantis, Mantis. What is life without you. With its nuclear capacity for decades you never heard Israel threatening its neighbors. What part of that sentence did you miss out ? Nuclear capacity, Mantis. It is about nuclear strike. Israel never threatened to use nuclear strike to its neighbors.