The ‘Story’ of the Iran Deal Is Coming Back to Bite the Democrats

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran's nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran's nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

The ‘Story’ of the Iran Deal Is Coming Back to Bite the Democrats

By Ciro Scotti

 

The Obama administration’s efforts to manage the narrative about the nuclear agreement with Tehran keep boomeranging and are now on the verge of becoming a full-blown PR disaster that is reigniting the controversial deal as a campaign issue.

First came the furor after a New York Times Magazine profile of deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes that called him “the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy aside from Potus himself.” The story suggested that Rhodes and the administration, using sympathetic journalists and social media, had largely “manufactured” the tale of how the Iran deal came about. In addition, by promoting the notion that there was a split in the regime and that the administration was engaging with the moderates, the president was able to sidestep what would have been a “divisive but clarifying debate” about the deal, the story said.

 Related: More Proof that Iran Nuke Deal Talks Started Well Before 2013

Then on June 1, the State Department admitted that it had doctored the video of a 2013 press briefing in which former spokeswoman Jen Psaki, now the White House communications director, seemed to suggest that the administration was misleading Americans about whether secret talks with Iran were underway. The admission came after weeks of denials in which the State Department claimed that the deletion of Psaki’s statement (“There are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that.”) was a technical glitch.

In an op-ed, House Speaker Paul Ryan wrote: “Everything the administration told us about the deal is starting to unravel. The administration assured us that it could reimpose—or “snap back” –sanctions if Iran cheated. That seems more improbable now that other countries and even American companies are racing back into the Iranian marketplace.”

On Thursday, Ryan called for a further investigation into the missing minutes of the press briefing.

 

The administration’s Iran narrative took an additional hit on Thursday with the release of the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism for 2015. Iran again took the top spot among state sponsors of terrorism, calling into question whether the nuclear negotiations or outreach to the so-called moderates have resulted in any change of behavior.

Curiously, the report cited as evidence of Iran’s terrorist activities its own direct attacks on ISIS and its support of groups seeking to destroy the Islamic State. “In Iraq, Iranian combat forces employed rockets, artillery, and drones against ISIL. Iran also increased its arming and funding of Iraqi Shia terrorist groups in an effort to reverse ISIL gains in Iraq,” the report said.

Despite the blunders and doubts, the selling of the Iran deal continues. In a foreign policy speech on Thursday in San Diego, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “We brought Iran to the table. We began talks. And eventually, we reached an agreement that should block every path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon.” On the same day, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that the reason Clinton supports the Iran deal and President Obama’s agenda is because she doesn’t want to go to jail. And it won’t end there.

The bungled managing of the Iran narrative seems to have made the nuclear deal only more of a hot-button issue.

 

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  • Everyone knew this was a bad deal. At least the next president does not have to honor this BS

  • Craig Tarter

    I don’t believe that pResident Bury sees the bad deal as such. I think it was conceived with the sabotage of America as its premier objective. As bad as this obama creep is, it’s only an indication of how deep the rot in our alleged Government has taken root. Valkyrie Jarhead, Hilrod, holder, ram manhole, john kerry, lynch, and too many others to mention are more than eligible for a euthanasia procedure. But, God doesn’t need my help, so I’ll wait for His.

    • Great point, especially about kerry, the leftist elite does want to see America destroyed

      • Craig Tarter

        It seems to me that folks like the one you mentioned, kerry, want to basically cut the legs out from underneath themselves & then blame someone else for their owned malfunction. Without We the People, the slugs I mentioned would starve to death due to their intrinsic worthlessness to anyone whose needs are already taken care of. Do you think the Chinese or the Russians would have any use for them? I don’t.

        • The Russians and Chinese are laughing at us with the idiots that we have in charge

          • Craig Tarter

            How could they help it? I think that if Russia & China didn’t share such hatred for one another, the conflict parameters would be totally different. e.g. neither one would be as worried about the other coming in the backdoor while they were “busy” elsewhere.

          • LastGasp

            The whole world is laughing at us.

          • That they are

  • LastGasp

    It was an obviously bogus ‘deal’ to begin with. I thought it was plain as day a very bad deal for the US and our allies. Stupid and stupider strike again. Why do they hate America so?