No Deal on the Iranian Nuclear Program. Let’s Examine Why.

Major international talks have been taking place that were designed to stop or slow down the Iranian nuclear program, while possibly easing or lifting sanctions on Iran. Those talks have failed, and the reasons for the failure are entirely predictable:

In the end, though, it was not only divisions between Iran and the major powers that prevented a deal, but fissures within the negotiating group. France objected strenuously that the proposed deal would do too little to curb Iran’s uranium enrichment or to stop the development of a nuclear reactor capable of producing plutonium.

“The Geneva meeting allowed us to advance, but we were not able to conclude because there are still some questions to be addressed,” the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told reporters after the talks ended.

Neither Ms. Ashton nor Mr. Zarif criticized France, saying that it had played a constructive role. But the disappointment was palpable, and the decision to hold the next meeting at the level of political director, not foreign minister, suggested that the two sides were less confident of their ability to bridge the gaps in the next round.

Let me preempt Andrew Sullivan, in addition to preempting my former professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer by pointing out what I think just about everyone knows, but may not be willing to admit; the decision by the French to blow up the talks was the consequence of the influence exerted over the French Socialist government by the Israel lobby here in the United States. Israel is very wary about any kind of nuclear deal in Iran, and it doesn’t take much to see that the Israelis contacted lobbying organizations in the United States that are loyal to Israeli interests, and got those organizations to persuade the French to become very hostile towards Iran in the discussions regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and the possible lifting of sanctions on Iran. As has been plainly established, the Israel lobby exerts total control over the formulation and implementation of America’s Middle East policy. What is less well known is the degree to which the Israel lobby–including AIPAC, but also involving other Christianist organizations–shape French Middle East policy.

Indeed, it is worth noting that Mearsheimer and Walt did write about the degree to which the American Israel lobby has the last word on what the content of French Middle East policy. Their seminal paper on the topic was titled “Mon Dieu, les juifs! On How the Israel Lobby in the United States Controls Discourse on Middle East Policy in France, Which Is Sort of Like Going Around Your @$$ to Get to Your Elbow, But Never Mind That,” and it was co-authored with Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky. Mearsheimer’s dog ate the paper before it was published–and strangely enough, didn’t return to his own vomit afterwards–but I have little doubt that the paper will be reworked, and published in JSTOR within short order.

I trust that this blog post has been helpful in shedding light on why the Iran talks failed, and who is responsible for that failure. I also trust that Messrs. Walt, Mearsheimer, Sullivan, Finkelstein and Chomsky will be pleased to see that their methods of research and argumentation are being replicated so very closely in this post.

22 Replies to “No Deal on the Iranian Nuclear Program. Let’s Examine Why.”

  1. Those darn jooz again! Like the rest of humanity has no problem with a bunch of moonbat muslim psychopaths cooking up nuclear bombs>

  2. What!? Are you smoking the devils pipe? Did I just read _ “the decision by the French to blow up the talks was the consequence of the influence exerted over the French Socialist government by the Israel lobby here in the United States. _
    And it wasn’t in the Onion? This is so stupid it boggles the imagination. The french would actually care about what Americans want, and not just any Americans, but American Jews?
    In what lifetime could this possibly happen?

    1. Now, here’s what I am going to ask you to do:

      1. Check the links I provide, and tell me whether they really support the notion that the Israel lobby controls the foreign policy determinations of the French government.

      2. Reread the post and tell me whether you don’t find some of my writing . . . er . . . acerbic when it comes to addressing the notion that the Israel lobby is some kind of all-powerful entity.

      3. Check the tags for this post. Look specifically for the one that begins with an “s,” and ends with “atire.”

      4. If all else fails, read this.

      Consider this a modest proposal, which if carried out in swift fashion, should answer all of your concerns.

      1. Pejman, I have read a great deal of the history of the middle east and its current disfunction is no surprise. I strongly doubt that you can convince me that the French were doing anything other than preserving some small hope of maintaining a role in the region, but given your response, I feel I have to read through all your links and see if there is a point that has escaped me. Reading your point on Osama’s anti-usury rant doesn’t give me a great deal of hope, though. But I can’t rant if I won’t read. So I will come back tomorrow.
        Thank you for your response.

  3. Yep, Israel and Bush did it….those darn smarty pants Iranians, who have been publicly duping the world for years and years and have been making fools out of Obama, Clinton & Kerry (who served in Vietnam, ya know), had no hand in wanting these talks to end up doing nothing…while they merrily continue to build their bombs….soon to arrive in Saudi Arabia, Europe and America…’s that damn Smart Diplomacy that we use…!!

  4. Chomsky’s Dictum: The absence of evidence for a conspiracy is the all the more reason to believe one exists.

  5. Amazingly silly. If the Israel lobby controlled US foreign policy, Netanyahu wouldn’t be so upset with US actions.

    France knows that an Iran with nukes is an Iran that can nuke Paris. France has shown many times over the years that it can be quite realistic on foreign policy, to the point of armed intervention (Africa). The French are just doing what the Administration is to foolish to do: actually trying to prevent a nuclear armed Iran.

      1. I think the problem is that people aren’t use to such good quality, intelligent writing. They are used to 4th grade reading level and so when there is something written at college level, they don’t get it. Or at least that’s my hypothesis.

  6. Golf clap.

    I wasn’t sure where you were going with this until the penultimate paragraph. Though I wasn’t bothering to follow the links.

  7. Sacre bleu! Did ze frenchies finally learn that ze Rhineland, ze Anchluss, ze rape of ze Sudetenland led to ze Munich Accords, guaranteeing not peace in our time but la guerre mondial deux? Do ze frogs think Obama is ze reincarnation of Chamberlain? We are in ze deep merde when it comes to this.

  8. The people who piss me most are liberals who want to control my life (which is pretty much all of them). The second group that irritates are conservatives who don’t understand sarcasm.
    In other words, this piece was an obvious sarcasm, and the author clearly did not think that the evil Joos (sarcasm) had anything to do with France’s refusal to surrender to Iranian mullahs.

  9. Pejman: “No-one….. ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
    It is mildly hubristic of you to think that your readers are all smarter than average.

  10. Pretty good satire. The problem is their are so many Iranian apologists out there who would really believe drivel like this if it was written seriously.

  11. “I’ll repeat the request made in an earlier comment to look at the tags. Look specifically for the one that starts with “s” and ends with “atire.””

    Ahhh yes. That would be the one fourteen tags down. I don’t understand why these wingnutz didn’t get it.


    1. Alas, I cannot help it if the tags are arranged alphabetically by the first word of the tag. I guess people have to slog their way through the tags, or just read the whole post to see whether or not I am serious. I submit that these are first world problems, but I guess that mileage might vary.

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