Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Statements on Iran Nukes: Obama and Kerry

“Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting 50 billion dollars worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that has come true,” Obama said.
Note that he says "has come" rather than "came"
Netanyahu is expected to make his case against the Iran nuclear deal with Iran.  Iran is currently under sanctions.  
On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry made a vague warning against revealing sensitive details about ongoing negotiations — a statement many interpreted as a warning to Netanyahu.
We are concerned by reports that suggest selected details of the ongoing negotiations will be discussed publicly in the coming days,” Kerry said. “I want to say clearly, doing so would make it more difficult to reach the goal that Israel and others say they share in order to get a good deal. Israel’s security is absolutely at the forefront of all our minds but rightly so is the security of all the other countries in the region, so is our security in the United States.”
Note the word "suggest" rather than "state" or "report" or anything similar. 
Note also that "want to say clearly" is a weak assertion, indicating what one wants to say, rather than making a strong statement which is clear.
Note the word "but" minimizes or refutes that which preceded it, via comparison. 
Post editorial board:
“Never has so much been written about a speech that hasn’t been given.” 
So spoke Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. 
His words point to an unintended achievement of the Obama White House: By so loudly and publicly objecting to Netanyahu’s address today to Congress, the president’s team has ensured the Israeli prime minister’s message will get maximum attention and exposure.
We count that as a good thing. Because, for all the focus on partisan American politics and the personality clash between our president and Israel’s prime minister, Netanyahu’s substantive message has been largely overlooked. 
The message is simple: Israel cannot afford any deal that would allow Iran to develop a nuke.
Worse still, we are asked to take it all on trust. The Iranians know what is in the deal. The Europeans know what is in it. Why do the American people have to rely on an Israeli prime minister to let them in on it?
Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend insisted he and the president “deserve the benefit of the doubt,” because “we’re not going to make a bad deal.”
But what has President Obama done to earn the benefit of the doubt? The man who only a year ago dismissed the Islamic State as a “JV team”? 
Who told us Yemen is a counterterrorism “success story” a year before its chaos led to our abandoning our embassy there? 
Or who lectured us about the evils of the Crusades just before ISIS released a gruesome video showing it had beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya? 
Nor is it only Netanyahu who is worried. Though Bibi is one of the few world leaders willing to speak up, his fears about Iran and his worries about a bad Obama deal are shared by most Arab nations in the region.
In the end, it’s not about Obama. It’s not even about Jerusalem’s relationship with Washington, which will survive the current tensions. It’s about whether Israel itself can survive a bad American deal with Iran.


Tania Cadogan said...

off topic

The family of 16-year-old Becky Watts have said they are "devastated" after police looking for the missing teenager announced they had found body parts.

A massive search for the teenager has been under way since she was reported missing from her home in Bristol on 20 February.

Becky's family said in a statement that they were "at an utter loss to understand why anyone would want to hurt our beautiful Becky in such a brutal way".

Two people - a 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman - were yesterday arrested by Avon and Somerset Police on suspicion of Becky's murder.

They had previously been arrested on suspicion of her kidnap

In a statement on the latest development, Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour said: "As a result of new information received late last night, we attended a house at Barton Court in the Barton Hill area of Bristol.

"The information suggested that Becky's body had been cut up and a search at the new location resulted in the discovery of body parts.

"Although formal identification procedures have not yet been completed, we have made Becky's family aware of this discovery.

"As a result of this latest development, a further three men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

"They remain in police custody at this time as do the man and the woman arrested on suspicion of Becky's murder."

He added: "This is devastating news for Becky's family and friends and our thoughts are with them. We will continue to offer every support we can to them during this terrible ordeal."

Becky left home on 19 February with her phone, laptop and tablet computer but did not tell anyone where she was going.

Detectives have seized a black Vauxhall Zafira - registration HY06 HYA - and say they want to speak to anyone who had ever owned the car or had seen it between 19 and 23 February.

Police have been put up a white tent outside a property in Barton Court while forensic teams continue their work.

The property is a mid-terrace home close to Cotton Mill Lane, where police were carrying out searches on Monday.

Officers have also previously carried out searches at her home in Crown Hill, St George, and at a house in Wilton Close, Southmead.

sidewalk super said...

Netanyahu will fight for the life of his country as he has before.

Anonymous said...

As to kerry, it appears to be the gang mentality, doesn't it?

Apple said...

"Israel’s security is absolutely at the forefront of all our minds but rightly so is the security of all the other countries in the region"
"absolutely" - unnecessary wording

Anonymous said...

The bigger picture of who is who and why the media spin of concentrate on, as this is what they do best. Divert the masses from what is (who is) real present and accounted for.



trustmeigetit said...

Actually the comment by Hobs was concern about the past tense language.

It is so ironic that someone on a blog about Statement Analysis can not even actually understand how important the actual comments made are vs your interpretation.

Clearly you don't get it.

Hobs actual comment

"It is concerning that her dad slips into past tense when referring to his missing daughter, especially since it is only a week..

Does he know or suspect something has happened to her?

Has he been led to believe she is no longer living perhaps?"

Very different than "you blamed the parents"

Lemon said...

"Israel’s security is absolutely at the forefront of all our minds but rightly so is the security of all the other countries in the region, so is our security in the United States.”
forefront |ˈfôrˌfrənt| noun (the forefront)
the leading or most important position or place.

John Kerry has three things in the "forefront" of "all our minds".

Dane said...


While there has been no official comment from the Brown family on the reported reality show, one of the women involved, Leolah Brown, hinted at an opportunity to tell her side of the story on Facebook this past weekend.

"I will always speak the truth no matter whom or what," she wrote. "For it is God that 'I' truly fear. Never will I try to make a name for myself to make one appear bad or ugly in others eyes...for my only interest is The Truth and the well being of my niece Bobbi Kriss Period. With that said stay tuned for THE TRUTH coming from MY mouth. For there is much that is serious and needs to be said to help others coming afterwards. My niece Bobbi Kriss is painfully suffering because of the neglect and greed that certain ones who on a daily basis maliciously aimed to simply see her where she is today. I, as her aunt and one who TRULY loves her will not sit back and let the sick, sad madness and injustice continue. With the help of almighty God, I intend to expose THE LIARS who pretend to have her back but are yet THE evil doers! Their days are Over with the fakeness! It's Exposing time!"

Tania Cadogan said...

RE:Becky Watts.

it is on twitter that her step brother and his girlfriend are the ones arrested on suspicion of murder.

No names yet as to who else has been arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender.

This would explain the uncles' statement where he said no member of his family are involved which would be i think the Watts, no mention about other family members from the other family (s)

somanyways said...

they are baiting war. Iran doesn't have a centralized world bank. - North Korea does not either. they are two of the few hold outs of global economic control - so propaganda builds in every way it can to -- inspire war with these places, It's colonialism. the savages must be stopped - as aways. (because they aren't yet turning global bank owners a profit. )

Anonymous said...


new charges for Ferguson. finally a voice of reason.

Anonymous said...

awful and strange to hear -- brother did it,

somanyways said...


understanding role centralized banks play in war -

John Mc Gowan said...

Hi Tania,

I don't know what it is, however, i feel that a piece of the jigsaw is missing ?

Dee said...

"Israel’s security is absolutely at the forefront of all our minds but rightly so is the security of all the other countries in the region, so is our security in the United States.”

'Absolutely' - unnecessary word, need to persuade. 'But' - refutes or negates that which comes before it. The security of all of the other countries in the region is more important than Israel's. Security of the US comes last.

Tania Cadogan said...

Hi John i agree.

There is something not yet being told.

We have 2 names no mention of who else though they all seem to be in their 20's.

What would be their motive for such a horrendous crime?

Jealousy springs to mind.

What caused them to decide to dismember her since it is a very messy and difficult process>

Was it to aid disposal or something else?

Apparantly on FB it is not the done thing to question the family's statements, it sems they must be always be believed although one did admit the dad's posting about blood and underwear was strange.
the others in the group pounced on her asking if she was pro or anti the family?

I am the baddie because i commented on the sensitivity regarding language and behavior :)

John Mc Gowan said...


"Sensitivity" being the operative word. Oh the irony. ;) lol

Sometimes, well....

S + K Mum said...

John, Tania

I saw all that aswell, when I read 'those' pages it is a slightly (emphasising slightly!) better read when you block one poster so you can't see what they have written - and more surprisingly you wouldn't actually know their comments are hidden such is the quality of input lol :)

Anonymous said...

Give him and Obama the "benefit of the doubt," what world does Kerry live in? They have made the biggest mess at home and in international situation. Their language couldn't be more Neville Chamberlain like to the sane world. Also, weapons sales and wars means profits for their wall street cronies.

You expect a poisonous snake to attack because that is what they do. The Iran government cannot be trusted as they are controlled by a fascist religious dictatorship that wants to rule the world.

Anonymous said...

BTW, Netanyahu gave a commendable speech.

GetThem said...

Great speech. Can we trade presidents?

Unknown said...

Pretty please, on the trade?!?!