John Ransom

Rumors of a deal between Obama and the mullahs in Iran on the lifting of economic sanctions in return for shows of compliance by the Persian runaway state on nuclear arms inspections are gaining steam.

Obama, desperate for a diplomatic coup to cover for fading polls, fading policy and a fading public, is thought to have written a letter to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offering to lift some sanctions in return for a show of compliance with requirements to suspend uranium enrichment, according to Dick Morris.

“Citing an Internet report on WorldNetDaily, a conservative website,” writes the Washington Times, “Mr. Morris said a deal between the White House and the Iranian regime is in the works to ease sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on the Iranian nuclear program.”

Economic sanctions have rarely worked, and in the case of Iran, while they have led to increasing civil unrest, they still haven’t worked.

The sanctions, while painful, have not changed the course of Iranian internal affairs.

“Obama’s sanctions came too late (after he wasted 18 months on ‘engagement’),” says the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, “were watered down too much and were unaccompanied by a credible threat of force. If anything, the latest ‘deal’ highlights just how preposterous the entire Obama policy has been. At the debate tonight Romney should make clear that any negotiations should demand Iran give up its nuclear enrichment claims and should entail no weakening of sanctions.”

Iran has been floating the idea of direct talks between the United States and Islamic Republic. In that way both the U.S. and Iran can avoid the messy objections that Israel might have about compromising the security of the Jewish state.

And Obama can go all Neville Chamberlain on us declaring “Peace for Our Time.”

Or at least peace just in time for the November elections.

Since the real work of negotiating won’t begin for quite awhile, Iran can do what dictatorships always do when confronted with issues of war and peace: delay, obstruct, obfuscate and delay some more.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.
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