By Ed Wood, staff writer
Transparency is a good thing. After he was elected, Barack Obama promised the American people the most transparent administration in the nation’s history. And in a way, he kept his word. After all, it really hasn’t been too difficult to see through what he has been doing, has it?
Now that might be OK for us homefolk. But there should be a limit to showing your hand when dealing with those who promise “Death to America!”
For example, it has always been a pretty good rule of thumb that:
1. You don’t show your hand when you are playing poker.
2. You don’t show your hand when you are planning to remove your troops from the field of battle.
3. You don’t show your hand when you are negotiating with the enemy — especially if the survival of much of the world could be at stake.
In the recent Iranian nuclear negotiations, the Administration has been eager to display its strength and brilliance to the world, with Barack Obama claiming “…if this framework leads to a final comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer…” In short, declare victory and come home. After all, another Nobel Peace Prize may hang in the balance!
Iran, however, shares no such sense of urgency. They are in the process of building a nuclear arsenal and need time to complete it. So it is obviously to their advantage to stall as long as possible and Middle Easterners are masters of the technique. Indeed they are taught in the Quran to lie, proceed at their own speed, work in their own best interests and blame their enemies for any “unfortunate misunderstandings.”
In a previous effort to slow down Iran’s nuclear progress, the US and others had imposed economic sanctions. The sanctions were apparently working which is the reason Iran called for “negotiations.”
We agreed and sent our expert, Secretary of State John Kerry, to represent our best interests. But after a month or so, just as he had in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama ordered his “troops” home. In a Rose Garden victory lap, President Obama announced his unwritten “accomplishments,” that is, the concessions he decided his administration had wrung from Iran. Of course, this prompted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to immediately accuse the Obama administration of “misleading the American people and Congress” in reporting the results of the negotiations. (1)
If you want to know the real winner in this game of cards, just look at the smile on the face of Minister Zarif as he headed for the airport.
Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced in a joint statement: “At every step, the Iranians appear intent on retaining the capacity to achieve a nuclear weapon.” (2)
No kidding, Sherlocks!