Defiant Ayatollah: Deal Changes Nothing

If President Barack Obama and other world leaders hoped the nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to normalized relations down the road, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has nipped that prospect in the bud. Speaking Saturday about the deal, the Islamic holy leader denied a wider shift in foreign policy.

“We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests,” Khamenei said.

Iranians are excited about the ramifications of the deal, which will see economic sanctions against the country lifted in exchange for nuclear restrictions. Khamenei supports the deal his negotiators brought home, but he warns that it changes nothing about how Tehran interacts with the West. “We will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon. Even after this deal our policy towards the arrogant U.S. will not change.”

Negotiating With Terrorists

The U.S. has a longstanding policy against negotiating with terrorists, and those who give financial support to terrorists should be no exception. This deal is especially troubling because it’s hard to determine what the U.S. got out of it. A safer Iran? If that was the case, then why does the country that would most benefit from a safer Iran oppose the deal more than any other. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the deal’s foremost critic, and Iran’s other Middle Eastern neighbors aren’t far behind.

Certainly, it’s fair to ask why Obama could not even secure the release of the three Americans currently in Iranian custody. The families of those prisoners deserve to know why Washington didn’t consider their loved ones a priority. If a country is ready to play ball with nuclear power, they should be asked to demonstrate a bit of good faith. When ISIS establishes a “stable” caliphate in the region, will a liberal president attempt to negotiate with them as well?

The Endgame

What did President Obama hope to accomplish with his parade of concessions? How is the world better off now than it was before this deal was finalized? Does Obama believe that this is the first step towards the magical Westernization of Iran?

Or is this actually a sly move to weaken Israel’s position against Palestine? It is obvious that this agreement puts our strongest Middle Eastern ally in extraordinary jeopardy. Obama, who has been a firm advocate against Israeli “occupation,” could see this deal as a way to gain a firmer hand over Israel.

Here’s a hint, Americans: If you’re in the middle of a war against radical, dangerous Islam, maybe don’t elect a president with the name Hussein. And if you do, don’t be surprised when his allegiances are, um, conflicted.

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