Alea iacta est...the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results for this week's Watcher's Council match up.
I got the impression that here was a man who could be relied upon when he had given his word - Neville Chamberlain on Adolf Hitler, 1938
I spoke personally with President Rouhani of Iran earlier this fall. Secretary Kerry has met multiple times with Iran’s Foreign Minister..Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure. - Barack Obama announcing his new agreement with Iran, 11/23/13
If he being young and unskillful seeks to gamble for silver and gold; Take his money my son, praising Allah, the fool was made to be sold! - Hafez, Persian poet, Divān, 1365 (est)
This week's winner, Joshuapundit's Israel, Obama And Iran - When The Rubber Meets The Road is my reaction to President Obama's announcement of a deal with Iran on their illegal nuclear program...which we now learn, according to the Iranians, isn't a deal yet at all in spite of what the president and Secretary Kerry had to say. Like ObamaCare, the president apparently lied to knowingly to the American people once again, and the more we find out about this the worst it becomes, even worse than when I wrote this. Here's a slice:
By now the full details of the West's capitulation in Geneva has become known. And what the West agreed to was staggering.
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton, someone who knows a great deal about nuclear proliferation and about Iran called it an abject surrender.He's entirely correct.
As I pointed out earlier, the new agreement de facto recognizes Iran's right to enrich uranium, something that is going to have huge implications as other countries who signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty are going to claim the same right themselves. And like Iran, they are going to refuse to sign the additional protocols of the NPT, which allow for snap inspections.
The United States and other Western nations have never conceded a 'right' to enrich uranium, for the every simple reason that it is perfectly possible to have a nuclear energy program that also allows for medical uses without it. Canada, for example, is one nation among many that uses nuclear energy without enrichment. Enrichment is only vital if the desired result is the ability to eventually manufacture nuclear weapons.
That's also why there were numerous UN resolutions calling specifically for Iran to cease enrichment and allow inspections, and why the sanctions were implemented in the first place, after years of attempts at 'diplomacy'.
That's all been thrown by the wayside now. It took years to even implement any sanctions. Thanks to President Obama and his willing helpers at Geneva, that's not going to happen again, even if Iran is caught violating this new agreement.India, China and South Korea among other countries want additional imports of Iranian oil, and EU countries want to open up the floodgates to trading with the Ayatollahs.The sanctions are history. And Iran knows this very well.
Among other things, this legitimizes an evil, fascist regime that brutalizes its own people and is probably the biggest financier and enabler of Islamic terrorism in the world. And the West is disgracefully aiding and abetting the regime, not only by giving them a clear path to achieve nuclear weapons but by giving them blood money in the amount of $7 billion and probably much more in frozen assets in the bargain.
Aside from this, the other loopholes in the new agreement are extraordinary.
While Secretary Kerry preens and bloviates about verification, the IAEA inspections have already been delayed for three months by agreement with Iran in exchange for absolutely nothing on Teheran's part. In that time period, the Iranians can move, hide and conceal pretty much anything, as well as strengthening their facilities against attack.
And while the agreement calls for IAEA inspections at Fordow and Natanz, these facilities are pretty much under satellite surveillance anyway. The Iranian military base at Parchin where weapons test are suspected to have occurred is not part of the agreement, nor is Iran required to reveal any secret nuclear facilities they may have or allow them to be inspected. The IAEA has received quite a bit of information from Iranian dissidents about possible secret nuclear sites, but there is no followup or right for the IAEA to conduct on site investigations in the new agreement.
Also, just as there is absolutely nothing in the new agreement stopping the Iranians from continuing to enrich uranium, there's nothing stopping them from developing and improving their ballistic missiles, warhead technology or other nuclear related weaponization like nuclear triggers.
Abject surrender pretty much covers it. And the fact that the almost frenzied efforts to make any kind of deal were very likely done to take the spotlight off of the dismal failure of ObamaCare and the president's rapidly falling approval ratings makes it even more craven.
A lot more at the link.
In our non-Council Category, the winner was former UN ambassador and nuclear proliferation expert John Bolton's piece in the Weekly Standard, Abject Surrender by the United States submitted by The Political Commentator. If reading it doesn't get you seriously concerned about who's leading this country and what they're doing....do read it.
Ok then, here are this week's results. Only Simply Jews was unable to vote this week,but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty.
- *First place with 4 1/3 votes!Joshuapundit-Israel, Obama And Iran - When The Rubber Meets The Road
- Second place with 2 votes –Liberty's Spirit – Willful Blindness of Jewish-Americans and the Wishful Thinking of Israeli-Jews
- Third place with 12/3 votes – Bookworm Room-Ladies and gentlemen, this isnt appeasement its worse than that *UPDATED*
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –The Right Planet – Progressive Racism
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes –The Razor – Bullying Has Far Reaching Consequences
- Fifth place with 1 vote – VA Right! - If Obamacare Were Auto Insurance – Explaining the Failures in More Familiar Terms
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Noisy Room – One Giant Leap Towards War
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Nice Deb – When Is Obama Going To Publicly Condemn The Knock-Out Game? Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote –
- The Glittering Eye -Thinking About the Agreement With Iran
- Seventh place with 1/3 vote –The Mellow Jihadi – Getting Hammered with the Admiral
- First place with 2 votes! – The Weekly Standard -Abject Surrender by the United States submitted by The Political Commentator
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Timon Dias/Gatestone Institute – European Anti-Semitism and the Fear of Muslims submitted by Joshuapundit
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Ace Of Spades HQ – Mark Halperin: Gee, I Guess You're Right, I Guess Maybe The Media Didn't Really Vet Obamacare to the Extent It Vetted, Say, Joe the Plumber submitted by The Watcher
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes -Mark Steyn/NRO – Knockouts High and Low submitted by The Noisy Room
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes -Big Jolly Politics – Houston Mayor Annise Parker playing a dangerous game submitted by Rhymes with Right
- Third place *t* with 1 1/3 votes -Clay Shirky –Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality submitted by The Razor
- Fourth place with 1 vote-Ron Fournier/National Journal -Obama's Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You submitted by Nice Deb
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes -William Kristol/Weekly Standard – No Deal submitted by Liberty's Spirit
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes -Hot Air – Uh oh: Another ObamaCare “success” story turns sour for White House submitted by VA Right!
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes -Weekly Standard/Lee Smith -Kerry says "no daylight" submitted by Bookworm Room
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 votes -John Allen Gay/ The National Interest – Interpreting the New Iran Deal submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Sile In Portales – Dark Day submitted by The Mellow Jihadi
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounder – Pakistan's New Generation of Terrorists submitted by GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote -Bill Whittle – The Hammer Of Reality submitted by The Watcher