In his frenzy to establish a legacy, Barack Obama had best look elsewhere than Iran. The deal that he brokered with the help of Secretary of State John Kerry never looked very promising from the time that the negotiations began. And what emerged from those negotiations and is supposed now in force looks worse all the time. It’s what happens when your opponents know that you need an agreement for political reasons and are running out of time.
Even without the agreement on nuclear power and weapons issues, it was clear that Mr. Obama was not in charge of the situation with Iran. For one thing, at the same time as four American hostages were released, Obama paid the Islamic Republic $1.7 billion dollars — in cash, no less. Then we have evidence that the Obama administration gave tens of millions of dollars to terrorist organizations sponsored by Iran.
It’s rather clear who is calling the shots in our relationship and negotiations with Iran, and it’s definitely not the US. More on page two.