It is a Complex World in the Middle East

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The Obama administration has been, it has been suggested, anxious to get a deal with Iran over the Iranian nuclear weapons program.  

But the World has become a lot more complex in the past few months.  

Troops from Iran, as well as Iranian military officers, have assisted the Iraqis in attempting to regain Tikrit from ISIS control, apparently without notice to us.   Iran is becoming the dominant force in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and other Sunni Arab states are asking for a solution because they do not welcome the domination of the Middle East by Shiite Iran.  An unlikely coalition with Israel, but they seem to want the same things.

Now Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el Sisi, appears for a major interview with Bret Baier.  He is saying everything that we would want him to be saying while asking for military aid.  Baier, for Fox News, had some technical difficulties with the interview this evening- but tune into Fox at 10p (EDT)  on Friday for a special report.  El Sisi is willing to speak against JIhad and seek a coalition with moderate Islam.  This appears to be a major news item.    Bret Baier is part of the hard news side of the house and is, I believe, a straight arrow (or as Fox calls it, fair and balanced).  I can tell you that I will be listening to Fox this week.  

Pay attention, Mr President.  You may be able to get what you want without Iran.  You may turn out to be on the wrong side of history (again), if you don't pay attention here.  

It seems to me that there is a real opportunity here for stability (?) in the Middle East if we back the right players.  As the saying goes, I may be wrong, but I am not far from it. 

 

 

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William Feela
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It is one bad cecision after another.  He is trying so hard to improve his legacy that he is making it worse.

Mar 09, 2015 12:59 PM #1
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Ted Baker
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Too soon to tell, William.  But that is the way it looks to me too.

I will say that I do not get the White House Briefing every morning - I just read whatever sources are available to me and try to keep an open mind.  

Mar 09, 2015 06:43 PM #2
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The American people elected him and now we have to live with his actions.

Presidential legacies are not established until they leave office.  They'll get their pensions.

The American citizens will have to live with their ignorant or perfidious decisions.

Mar 09, 2015 10:28 PM #3
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Rob Arnold
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Such a mess over there.  Just seems as soon as one thug nation cools off, another one rises up to start trouble.  A lot of times I think we just need to leave them alone and let them destroy each other on their own. 

Mar 10, 2015 04:52 AM #4
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Dale Bledsoe
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Iran. They are not doing anything to help us or stablize the sistuation. Everything they do is calulated to help them. The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy.

Mar 11, 2015 03:25 AM #5
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Karl Hess
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Israel's enemy, Hezbollah has also been fighting against ISIS in Syria and in Iraq...

BTW, I really like the feigned outrage over the nuclear deal with Iran, especially when the right-wing have no idea what's in that deal AND don't have a plan of their own, outside of "more sanctions." Don't forget that Germany, France, Britain and China are also involved in these negotiations. To be honest, it wouldn't matter what Obama accomplished, it would be ridiculed by the GOP. I say press on and let the Republicans in congress continue their display of impotent rage through letters to our supposed 'mortal enemy' in attempts to undermine a sitting President. Truly disgraceful. 

Mar 24, 2015 08:07 AM #6
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Ted Baker
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As always, Karl, you comments are welcome here.  But we will have to agree to disagree here.  Iran is a serious threat to the region.  It is not just Israel that is speaking out against any deal with Iran that provides them with nuclear weapons to go with their ballistic missils.  Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt oppose Iran's nuclear ambitions.  And so should you.

Mar 24, 2015 10:47 PM #7
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NOBODY want's Iran to have a nuclear weapon and the President has repeated, ad nauseam, "Iran will not have a nuclear weapon." What do you think these negotiations are about? But why do I think folks on the right don't want to hear it.

Mar 25, 2015 02:28 AM #8
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Ted Baker
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I didn't realize I was included in "folks on the right" (but I might like it)  and I can't think of anything I do not want to hear or talk about.  Please watch your tone with me.  I will be persuaded by facts alone.  I am aware what the President has said - but this President's statements frequently do not make it into his policies.  

The deadline for the structure of the deal is due before the end of the month.  We can have an intelligent conversation when a few facts are available.  

It is my understanding that the negotiations include a framework for any restrictions on Iran's nuclear program to expire within ten years.  It is also my understanding that Iran's ballistic missile program is not included in any negotiations.   This, if true, is not likely to gain my support - but I will wait and see the result.  I remember we were assured that North Korea also had no nuclear capability.  

 

 

Mar 25, 2015 07:09 PM #9
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Karl Hess
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How about we wait until we actually see the details of the deal before we start criticizing them? And again, I see no alternate plan from the opponents of the "P5+1" nations.

Mar 25, 2015 08:09 PM #10
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Karl Hess
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From Richard Haass (who is not exactly a 'left-wing apologist'):  "I'll be honest, I am pleasantly surprised by the substance of the deal. As a skeptic, I've to say, it's a good deal." And "framework of the deal is more substantive, comprehensive than expected; obviously need to flesh out details by end of June & then implement fully.”

Apr 03, 2015 12:23 AM #11
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Ted Baker
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Apparently we do not get our news from the same sources.  I have not yet read the actual document, so my comments are limited.  

But drawing from news reports, France is appalled at our deal.  Iran is celebrating.  And US and Iran offered separate statements on progress of talks rather than sharing a joint statement on which both agree  - and there were apparently significant differences.  While details are not final until June, it appears that there are sunset provisions on certain of the provisions.  The state department is saying that their only objective was to slow the breakout period until Iran has nuclear weapons from 2-4 months to one year.  Limited control on centrifuge usage or technology. 

Doesn't sound like a victory to me.  

No control on ballistic missils, no control on Iran action to support state and individual terrorism.  Our only control on Iran was economic sanctions which are lifted.  More money for more bad actions.  

Karl - as indicated I have not read the actual documentation that (I assume) was released.  But seems premature to be breaking out the Champaign for a toast. And it doesn't sound like US intent was to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.  I hope you are sleeping better - I don't think I am.

 

 

Apr 03, 2015 08:49 PM #12
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It is strange that Karl does not want to acknowledge that we have heard what the President says and not once and not twice, and it was BS, so why expect something diferent this time...

Or, I forgot... It is about change, oh, yes...

May 04, 2015 02:14 PM #13
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Ted Baker
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It is interesting that everything the President says is now recorded and available.  Perhaps we could have a debate of Obama vs Obama.  

We still wouldn't hear the truth.

May 04, 2015 06:12 PM #14
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