About those Iran sanctions, Mr. President
One of the major selling points about the Iranian nuclear framework agreement being touted by the President is that should, repeat should, the Iranians cheat on the agreement, sanctions could be reinstated against them. The reinstatement, of course, is dependent upon verification that they’re cheating, and then brought before the UN Security Council for multiple layers and years of adjudication.
Given the news today, that Russian President Vladimir Putin, has lifted the ban on the sale of advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, “promptly”, what do you think are the odds that those Iranian sanctions will ever be reinstated once they’re lifted. Shall we anticipate a Russian veto now, or wait until it actually happens.
Given the President’s inclination to silence those who dare criticize him and threaten his second term legacy, i.e., (Sen. John McCain, R-AZ) arm-twist fellow Dems into back-pedaling (Sen. Ben Nelson, D-FL) or just sic the DOJ on them (Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ), we can only guess at, and have the opportunity to read between the lines, based on the foreign press commentary, and the Iranians themselves. Note: we are aware the Iranians are spinning to obtain more concessions from the US, and yes, they’ll get them, as evidenced by Iranian General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, who added to the war of words when he claimed, “some solutions have been found and it seems the Islamic Republic’s principles and red lines in technical aspects have been accepted on the side of the enemy.”
Meanwhile, home on the range, Secretary of State John Kerry, stated on a Face the Nation interview, “Iran has proven that it will join into an agreement and then live by the agreement, and so that is important as we come into the final two and a half months of negotiation.” Perhaps he needs to talk to the IAEA inspectors, who have been denied entry by the Iranians to inspect anything, let alone glean corroborating information.
In one post, I compared the good ship SS United States to the Pequod. I think a better analogy, given this Administration’s gross negligence and incompetence, is Ship of Fools.