Playa Got Played
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Just days after reaching a major diplomatic agreement, we can't agree on what we agreed on?
Obama's deal with Iran is North Korea all over again.
Here at home, the agreement has been hailed by the Left as a great diplomatic success, while on the Right, comparisons to Neville Chaimberlain's "Peace in our time" agreement with Adolf Hitler run rampant. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly criticized the agreement, calling it "a historic mistake," and comparing it to a 2005 agreement with North Korea, in which that regime agreed to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for food and other forms of aid...and then conducted its first underground nuclear test just one year later.
The agreement is already off to a rocky start, with the Iranian regime claiming that information published by the White House about the agreement "is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanation and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action." The Iranian government released their own version of the agreement, which they claim is the actual text of the deal, and does not hold the regime to the strict standards claimed in the White House fact sheet.
It is rather odd that, just days after reaching a major diplomatic agreement, the two main parties can't seem to agree to just what, exactly, they agreed to. The only thing that is absolutely clear here is that someone (or perhaps everyone) is lying. The big question is: Who?
I have no trust for Iran, and while their new president was hailed as a "moderate" by many, he is no friend of the United States by any stretch - and the hard-line Islamist Ayatollahs still run the scene in Iran. But at the same time, the Obama administration has been desperate for any positive news to distract from the Obamacare disaster-without-an-end, and with their record of deception from Fast and Furious to Benghazi to the IRS scandal and their broken promises on Obamacare, it's sad to say that my own president has about as much credibility as the terrorist-supporting, rape-victim-killing, homosexual-stoning, Christian-persecuting regime in Iran. Without getting the facts from a neutral third party, it's probably safest to assume that both governments are spinning the terms of the agreement in their own favor.
The other sad thing about all of this is that if you look at where the Iranian regime is now with their nuclear program, this agreement is hauntingly similar to the pacts made with North Korea, which basically amounted to North Korea using the diplomatic process to fool the United States into giving it aid, while its nuclear program continued unabated. There is really no reason to believe that this agreement with Iran will end any differently ' all they have to do is to lie and deceive, just like North Korea did, and they can get aid from the international community and eventually develop nuclear weapons. For Iran, it's a win-win. For the rest of the world, it's a lose-lose, especially since the only punishment Iran is likely to see if and when they do violate the agreement will be a re-imposition of the sanctions they have already been living under for years.
It is rather disconcerting that any U.S. administration would be naive enough to believe that Iran would follow through on this deal without lies or deception, especially given the historical examples we have to fall back on. What's more, the administration did nothing in these negotiations to try and free an American pastor who has been held in an Iranian prison for over a year ' for the crime of practicing Christianity. There are also two other Americans imprisoned in Iran, but according to reports, the administration made no attempt to free any of them.
Add in the fact that the Obama administration decided to relocate the U.S. Embassy at the Vatican (ostensibly over security concerns after last year's attack in Benghazi, which is laughable), and you have an administration increasingly hostile to Christianity making yet another move in favor of hostile Islamism, while demeaning Jews and Christians.
The only good thing about this deal with Iran is that it is set to expire in six months, but even that isn't so much of a positive thing, as I wouldn't put it past the Iranian regime to play nice for half a year in order to secure a long-term agreement later on...and after they get a long-term cessation of sanctions, they can stab us in the back all they want. And with an administration more willing to make concessions to the hostile Iranian regime than to members of America's own congress, all this spells is bad news for America, Israel, and the freedom-loving nations of the world.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)