Iran deal: Two nuclear options in less than a week for Obama

The nuclear weapons deal with Iran may look good, but as usual in the Middle East, will be complicated. Photo: Kerry gets deal with Iran/ AP

CHARLOTTENovember 24, 2013 – Breath easier. The world is safe once again. Iran is no longer a potential nuclear threat. The West is giddy. Media is ecstatic. And the first huge winter storm of the season will not be made of snow but ice cream.

What we really have in the deal with Iran is a toothless tiger that allows Western countries to have bragging rights about their diplomatic skills while Iran gets a truckload of money, continues its nuclear program and has little, if any, international monitoring. Plus, Barack Obama can now dust off his Nobel Peace Prize and display it on the mantle to boot.

For President Obama the agreement amounts to a second “nuclear option” in less than a week. The only difference between the one in the senate and the one with Iran is that the Middle Eastern deal will take Obamacare off the front pages. At least temporarily.

It all looks and sounds good. Unlike Benghazi, Barack Obama was quick to the mike to make the announcement. John Kerry et al had brokered a pact that has all the clout and significance of the one we made with Syria just a few months ago over chemical weapons. Remember that one?

America’s “Neville Chamberlain foreign policy” continues even though the reality is that negotiating with Iran, or any other Islamic Middle Eastern nation, is like holding pumice in your hands  It looks solid when you pick it up, but it is mostly air and in a matter of seconds you have a handful of ashes.

Optimists, idealists and detractors of Israel will hail the agreement as a milestone, a landmark event, a master stroke, diplomacy’s finest hour or, more likely, all of the above. Like it or not, to really get the truth, listen to the response by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. The Israelis know exactly what is happening. They are surrounded by enemies. They keep close watch on each of them. The one thing they have that no other Western nation is able to comprehend is local knowledge. They understand the game and know how it is played. It’s a little like a home field advantage.

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In a statement shortly after the announcement of the agreement with Iran was made, Netanyahu said the deal was “an unbelievable Christmas present.” When a Jew is talking about Christmas presents to the Arab world, it has meaning.

As Netanyahu sees it, the West has allowed Iran to continue its nuclear program “for practically no concessions at all.” Those are words you will never hear from Obama or the liberal American press.

In 1993 a similar deal was brokered with North Korea. Thirteen years later the North Koreans had a nuclear weapon. Other than the fact that Iran and North Korea are both rogue regimes, the comparisons are different, of course. The problem is that the Ialamic world has 14 centuries of lying as part of their negotiating strategies.

Barack Obama has long advocated negotiations with Iran. In theory talking is far better than a hot war. Unfortunately, we do not live in a theoretical world.

Obama will certainly do his traditional victory laps, but there is no victory here. Like the German legend Faust we have made a bargain with the devil for which the outcome, no matter how good it looks on the surface, will not be in our favor.

As Ben Shaprio of Breitbart says, “the world grows closer and closer to the world’s worst regimes armed with the world’s most dangerous weapons – all presided over by a weak-kneed White House intent on minimizing American influence around the globe.”

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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