Obama reaches out to Khamenei, again

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  • There’s yet another Iran leak from the White House. #Obama reaches out to Khamenei, again.

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  • Why promise #Iran they can have a licit nuclear program given it’s been a cover for their illicit program for decades?

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  • #Israel might strike #Iran’s nuclear facilities unless persuaded there will be a real end to #Iran’s weapons programs.

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David Ignatius has yet another Iran leak from the White House. Here’s the gist: Obama told his close buddy Turkish PM Erdogan to tell his close buddy Ayatollah Khamenei that as long as Iran doesn’t seek nuclear weapons, Obama’s cool with them keeping their nuclear program. But …dun, dun, duuuuuhhhhn… time is running out. Message delivered.

Let’s break this one down into some Q&A:

Why leak this now?  (Remember, the last leak came from Panetta, who told Ignatius when he thought Israel would bomb Iran.)

Ostensible reason: Talks with Iran are scheduled for next week, but Tehran is now balking at the Istanbul venue, so the talks are up in the air. This puts the Iranians on notice that…dun, dun, duuuuuhhhhn… time is running out.

Probable reason: Obama wants to signal the shape of a deal to the Iranians so they can come to the table with an offer that stops the Israelis from bombing before the U.S. election.

Why promise the Iranians they can have a licit nuclear program given they’ve used it as cover for their illicit program for decades?

Ostensible reason: See above.

Probable reason: Obama isn’t overly exercised about Iranian cheating; just cheating before the November election.

Why pass the message to Erdogan, whom Ignatius describes as having a “close relationship” with Obama?

Reason: Because Erdogan, the very model of a modern Islamist leader, friend to the Muslim Brotherhood and all ’round anti-democrat, also has a “close relationship” with Khamenei.

Lesson: Let’s get this straight – Obama hates Netanyahu, hates Sarkozy, loves Medvedev, admires Putin, and is “close” to Erdogan.  Awesome taste.

Why signal to the Iranians that they can make a deal that allows them complete freedom under the very Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty they’ve serially abused?

Because apparently all Obama wants is a piece of paper; not a real end to the Iranian nuclear program.

What does “time is running out” mean?

Ostensible reason: The U.S. might strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Real reason: Israel might strike Iran’s nuclear facilities unless they’re persuaded there will be a real end to Iran’s weapons programs.

Next up:  The Top Five Things Iran is doing that reveal it has a nuclear weapons program.

Danielle Pletka is the Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at AEI.

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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