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Sunday, October 21

Reza Kahlili's discussion with John Batchelor re Obama's attempt at Grand Bargain with Iran: more a "Grand Illusion"

The conversation, aired Thursday, October 18, is good background to Reza's October 20 report for World Net Daily, Obama cuts deal with Iran over nukes. Here is the link to the podcast of the interview; it starts around the 30:02 minute mark.

I'd start there if you're trying to orient to the issue, then move to Reza's October 20 report. Then to the one published yesterday evening by the New York Times. Reza's Oct. 4 report for WND October Surprise? Obama secret Iran deal cut may have given the New York Times journalists clues to follow in preparing their October 20 report, U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks.

All that will prepare you for the discussions about Iran during Monday's presidential campaign debate on foreign policy (to be aired starting 7:00 PM EDT)  (Update -- it's 9 PM not 7) and for the political uproar later today about the Times report, which wasn't released until yesterday evening.

To return to Reza's October 20 report -- note the large role which, according to Reza's sources, Valerie Jarrett played in Obama's attempt to craft a bargain with the mullacrats. If it's news to you that Jarrett is so deeply involved in foreign policy, an involvement generally reserved for the U.S. Department of State -- ah, the things we learn thanks to a presidential election campaign. Note Jarrett's reported joke about her next job (see the report at WND for links provided in the text):
[...] As reported exclusively by WND Oct. 4, a three-person delegation led by a woman on behalf of the Obama administration traveled to Qatar about Oct. 1 and met with Iranian counterparts, including Ali Akbar Velayati, the former foreign minister of the Islamic regime and a close adviser to Khamenei on international matters.

In the meeting, according to the source, the U.S. delegation urged an announcement, even if only on a temporary nuclear deal, before the U.S. elections to help Obama get re-elected. A Romney presidency, the delegation said, would surely move more toward Israel, and the Iranians were reminded that Obama has stood up to Israel against any plans to attack Iran. The regime’s delegate was urged to understand that if Iran does not stand by Obama, Israel will attack Iran.

Days after the WND report, Ali Akbar Salehi, the regime’s foreign minister, in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, stated, “If our right to enrichment is guaranteed, we are prepared to offer an exchange.”

The same message was relayed by several other officials of the regime.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said recently in Kazakhstan that the sanctions can be lifted immediately if Tehran worked with world powers to address questions about its nuclear program.

In the Qatar meeting, according to the Iranian source, the American woman delegate, who has had several meetings with Velayati during the past several years, jokingly told Velayati that she will be the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in a second Obama administration and that it would be wise for Iranians to invest in U.S. real estate.

In the past five months, four meetings were held in the U.S. with the Islamic regime’s surrogates to hash out what was to be discussed at the Doha meeting. The source identified Valerie Jarrett, a senior Obama adviser, as the head of the U.S. effort to engage Iran. Also identified was Cyrus Amir Mokri, assistant secretary of the Treasury Department for financial institutions, as another member advising the president on the issue.

Jarrett’s family has known the Velayati family since their stay in Iran in the 1950s, the source added. Jarrett’s father worked at the Namazi hospital in Shiraz, owned by an Iranian family that has been influential with the regime after the Islamic Revolution.

WND contacted both the U.S. State Department and the White House, asking about the Doha negotiations, who led the delegation from the U.S., whether Obama will provide the written guarantee, what negotiations the U.S. has pursued on its own and what is known about Amano’s plan to travel to Iran for the announcement. The State Department declined to respond to multiple calls as well as email inquiries. A spokeswoman said the White House would not comment.
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So little time, so many pussyfooters.
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