Obama to Congress: Iran Negotiations Must Continue Without Bargaining Chips

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Imagine yourself in a Board room with high-powered players from a company that wants to buy your business as cheap as possible. You want the highest price you can get but don’t want to scare them away so you decide to let them control the situation without any show of strength or resistance from you.

That’s how Obama bargains. He won’t use bargaining chips or any type of leverage. He’s doing it now with Iran and nuclear weapons.

Mr. Obama has come out very strongly against Congress passing any bill that in any way addresses Iran and the pending nuclear deal. Even the Prime Minister of England, David Cameron, has been calling Senators to lobby for Mr. Obama’s position.

Foreign leaders should not be affecting U.S. policy and legislation.

Mr. Obama believes that using any bargaining chips will blow up the deal with Iran, but that might be because Iran has no intention of working out a deal that doesn’t give them everything they want.

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Mr. Obama has come out swinging but the only ones he swings at are Congress and the American people.

Tactics used by the administration also include impugning the motives and characters of opponents. Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who until recently chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been working across party lines with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on new sanctions on Iran’s economy that would kick in ONLY if Iran fails to sign or live up to a nuclear deal in time.

Menendez, like Kirk, believes in negotiating from a position of strength. Obama would rather proceed on tip-toes.

Other senators are drafting bills that would require Congress to sign off on any deal before existing sanctions are lifted.

They don’t trust Mr. Obama’s deal-making capabilities after his performance on a range of issues such as the nuclear deal with Russia, the Bergdahl exchange and the Cuba deal.

It’s unclear whether those senators could muster enough votes to override Obama’s veto, AP reports.

Banking Chairman Sen. Shelby announced yesterday that markup on the Menendez-Kirk legislation will take place on Thursday. Amendments are due on Wednesday. The committee will hold hearings on the issue on Tuesday.

Some, like Melendez and Kirk, want to up sanctions to coerce Iranians into coming to the table not to dispel them as Mr. Obama portrays.

Mr. Obama believes in negotiating without any leverage whatsoever.

He has portrayed the Senate bills as adding unreasonable sanctions but none of the bills would take effect unless Iran fails to make a deal.

Since the Obama-Kerry interim deal with Iran, which put no controls on them, the Iranians have used the opportunity to bolster their bargaining position according to The Washington Post.

They are building two new reactors and have declared their intention to put American journalist Jason Rezaian on trial – he’s become a bargaining chip. They’ve added uranium to their stockpile, continued production on their plutonium production factory at Arak, and have developed ballistic missiles.

Obviously, Mr. Obama’s policy is flawed. It is not working. Instead of responding as predicted by Mr. Obama, they’ve built up their own pressure tactics.

Mr. Obama operates from a standpoint of weakness in order to build trust on the other side when the other side is obviously playing him for a fool.