Exposed: Why Obama Capitulated To Iran During Nuclear Negotiations
With the deadline to reach a nuclear deal with Iran rapidly approaching, reports are coming out about the way the U.S. administration conducted negotiations with the Islamist regime in Tehran.
From these reports emerges a shocking picture. The Obama administration didn’t negotiate to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program but merely wanted reconciliation with the Islamic Republic.
The Wall Street Journal reported today that Obama conducted clandestine contacts with Iranian officials with the goal of improving ties between the two arch-enemies from the outset of his presidency. The secret dispatches started in late 2009 after mediation by the government of Oman. Iran was very suspicious of the administration’s intentions and sent a wish list to test Obama’s commitment to improving ties. The regime in Tehran wanted the release of Iranian prisoners from American and European jails and wanted the administration to blacklist opposition groups hostile to the regime. The Iranians also demanded more visas for Iranian students who wanted to study at universities in the U.S.
Obama decided to give in to most of the Iranian demands and facilitated the release of Iranian prisoners; he blacklisted some Iranian opposition groups and granted more visas to Iranian students.
“In September 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a ‘virtual embassy,’ allowing Iran to facilitate visas and student exchange programs. Iranians had complained, via Oman, that U.S. universities were discriminating against their students,” WSJ reported.
The president also sent letters to Iranian leaders that aimed to build up the trust of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad in his intentions.
The revelations about the start of the clandestine contacts with Iran in late 2009 also shed new light on Obama’s behavior after the election fraud by the Khamenei regime that led to a popular uprising in Iran in June 2009.
Obama made clear at the time that it would be “counterproductive to be seen meddling in the Iranian election results.” The president said this when he was under pressure from the Iranian opposition and public opinion in the U.S. to intervene and help the opposition topple the regime of Ahmadinejad and Khamenei.
The president justified his decision not to intervene during a television interview on June 16, 2009.
Here is what he said:
Although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi (leader of the liberal opposition) in terms of their actual positions may not be as great as has been advertised. We’ve got long-term interests in having them not weaponize nuclear power and stop funding organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. And that would be true whoever came out on top in this election.
Eventually, the back channel talks between Iran and the Obama administration paved the way to direct nuclear negotiations that started in 2013. As has become clear by now, the primary goal of the U.S. administration in these negotiations was normalization of America’s relationship with Iran.
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