Beltway Insider: Obama Iranian No Nuke Deal; Israel Protests; Hezbollah Celebrates; Menendez Indicted

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President Barack Obama announced the making of an historic deal in principal, a political framework, which if fully implemented will prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon creating a safer region and world.

According to Gallup, President Obama's job approval, over the past week, increased two percentage points to 50% of those polled who approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness as President decreased one percentage point to 46%. 

Obama's Iranian No Nuke Deal - "Nothing Is Agreed To Until Everything Is Agreed"

President Obama announced after months of tireless negotiation by Secretary of State John Kerry the framework of a nuclear deal, laying the foundation that will ultimately, if honored, create the impossibility of Iran ever possessing the necessary component to complete a Nuclear bomb.

"After many months of tough, principled diplomacy, we have achieved the framework for that deal.  It is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives.  This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon," President Obama said. 

Kerry along with allied representatives from Great Briton, Germany, France, Russia, China, known as the P5 + 1, and European Union delegates, held round the clock negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, even agreeing, as the discussions began to show promise, to stay on past a self-imposed cut off point.

Iranian President Rohani, a moderate with great influence over his people, has been slow to move on the demands of the No Nuke deal, which effectively dismantles its entire nuclear program which has had all the elements save one necessary to complete a bomb.

Keeping Rohani, a legally trained cleric, at the table are the global sanctions that have been in place for some time and, unlike the larger economy of sectorial sanctioned Russia, have had a more debilitating effect on the economy of the pariah.

"Iran will face strict limitations on its program, and Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history.  So this deal is not based on trust, it's based on unprecedented verification. Many key details will be finalized over the next three months, and nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed," the President said.

Key Elements of the Iranian No Nuke Deal

A quick synopsis of the deal indicates Iran would dramatically scale back its nuclear program over the next ten years in exchange for the lifting of global sanction which have battered the Middle Eastern nation.

It is also extremely important to stress this deal is not a trust deal. Even should a handshake be present at the table, the Iranians have in theory and will if they desire a continue loosening of sanctions to agree to an in-depth, intrusive and long-term monitoring and inspections program.

Iran, with the signing and completion of this deal, will agree to allow itself to be the most watched country in the world.

Active Reactors, Centrifuges and Weapons

Global inspectors estimated Iran was months away from the possibility of gathering or obtaining the raw material necessary to be used for a single nuclear weapon.

Under the deal hammered out by Secretary of State Kerry and the best negotiators in the world from the P5 + 1, Iran has agreed not to stockpile materials necessary toward the completion of a nuclear weapon. The deal places severe limitations on the gathering of materials for the next 15 years.

The deal also stops any attempts by Iran to use plutonium in the making of a bomb and it cannot develop weapons grade plutonium. All current heavy water reactors will be dismantled. Fuel from those reactors will be shipped out of Iran. Iran cannot use enriched uranium for the making of a bomb. Iran cannot use enriched uranium at all over the next decade.

"This deal provides the best possible defense against Iran's ability to pursue a nuclear weapon covertly that is, in secret.  International inspectors will have unprecedented access not only to Iranian nuclear facilities, but to the entire supply chain that supports Iran's nuclear program from uranium mills that provide the raw materials, to the centrifuge production and storage facilities that support the program.  If Iran cheats, the world will know it.  If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it.  Iran's past efforts to weaponize its program will be addressed," Obama said.

Islamic Republic of Iran's Nuclear Background

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been engaged in an evolving nuclear program for decades. With many operational centrifuges Iran can produce the material for a nuclear bomb which is clearly impressive for a third world country.

The advancing nuclear program was also proof of a dedicated pursuit to gain nuclear superiority in a deeply volatile region and posed a clear threat to the existence of State of Israel, of which the two nations are sworn enemies.

As the world waits for the June deadline, all parties known and understand the entire deal could collapse.

Sideline Issues In The Iran Nuke Negotiations

As American allies are hesitant and exhibiting deep concern over Obama's full steam ahead forging new ties to a regime that throughout the decades has breached every promise made in every negotiation.  

The issues of destabilization of the region, support of terrorist's regimes and activities, the holding of American hostages and other clear violations of American held beliefs and concerns also came up in the negotiation process.

"These negotiations were principally about Iran's nuclear program.  We continue to have serious concerns about Iran, including possible support of terrorism, including destabilizing the region, and but also Americans detained there. And, as we do every time we meet, we will continue to call on Iran to immediately release detained U.S. citizens so that all can be returned to their families as soon as possible.  We have raised these cases repeatedly with Iranian officials and will continue to do so until they are all home," Schultz said.

Israel Protests; Egypt, Jordan Cautious

News of the framework deal, which has yet to move beyond the in theory political phase has three months of incremental steps and a deadline of June to guaranteed the next phase or result in a "snap back" of sanctions if Iran refuses even one step in the completion blueprint.

Regional powers run the range of opinions over the possibility of a nuclear free Iran with a slightly different interpretation of the deal presented by Iran and partners Syria and Hezbollah.

Prime Minster Netanyahu's call for a "right to exist" clause in the final contract, as Iran has threatened the existence of Israel and his concern seems to have fallen on the deaf ears of a White House who plans to redefine what the terms friendship, loyalty and ally actually mean in a global arena.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu's concerns about this deal have been raised many times for the past year and a half, I believe.  Similar concerns raised when the initial Joint Plan of Action was announced.  So we understand his position, and the President believes -- the President would never sign on to a deal that he felt was a threat to the state of Israel.  That was one of his guiding posts on this, and so that's our position," said Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.

Netanyahu has indicated the entire Israel parliament stands with him in denouncing this deal as dangerous to the world. 

Egyptian officials diplomatically indicated they have yet to see the entire framework and reserve any opinion until a representative has been fully briefed.

"Egypt hopes a final agreement will be reached by June 30 to help achieve stability in the Middle East and halt an endless armament race," an unnamed Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson was reported as saying in Haaretz.com.

Jordan, a longtime ally of the United States, has yet to publicly voice its opinion on the Iranian Nuke deal.

Syria, Hezbollah Celebrate Iranian Nuke Deal

Syria, a longtime ally of Iran, heralded the deal as ushering in a new era for the freedom of nations to use Nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Bashar al Assad, ultra-enemy of the United States and leader of Syria is friend, ally and advisor to Iran as both leaders look to bolster the regional strength of their alliances and countries.

The United States has been backing the rebels in the Syrian Civil war that began December 2010 as the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East and Arab Peninsula toppling government and ushering in an unprecedented wave of democratic regimes.

Assad resisted, received assistance from Russia, Iran and has formed bonds with Iran and Hezbollah which are sworn enemies of Israel.  Hezbollah has hailed the Nuke deal as a victory.

Obama, who rallied the world against Assad for the use of chemical weapons, continues to call, although clearly more quietly the dismantling of the Assad government in exchange for a democratic interim government.

June Deadline

"Now, let me reemphasize, our work is not yet done.  The deal has not been signed.  Between now and the end of June, the negotiators will continue to work through the details of how this framework will be fully implemented, and those details matter.  If there is backsliding on the part of the Iranians, if the verification and inspection mechanisms don't meet the specifications of our nuclear and security experts, there will be no deal," President Obama said.

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez Indicted

New Jersey Senator, Democratic, Robert Menendez has been indicated by a federal grand jury on 14 counts of taking bribes and gifts in exchange for favors and assistance for Solomon Melgen, an influential Florida ophthalmologist.

The lurid, 68 page indictment, details the intimacies of Menendez's relationship with the wealthy and active Floridian, who had a penchant for foreign women, and included intervening for the three separate female friends of Melgen who needed Visa documentation. For this service, Menendez was allegedly rewarded with more than seven lavish trips and nearly $1Million dollars.

Menendez, from Hudson County, NJ pled "Not Guilty" vowing "the truth will come out."

He has yet to resign from his duties even as media pressure mounts for the beleaguered senator to step down.

Hudson County New Jersey has seen its share of political scandals as local jurisdictions created its own brand of justice, subverting the system with assistance from within, making deals and doling out favors to stop the prosecution of the newest affluent residents and friends on New Jersey's Gold Coast.

Cruz Begins 2016 Presidential Campaign

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who formally announced his candidacy in the 2016 Republican Presidential race has skipped over the standard operating procedures of elections past by launching his first ad campaign on Easter Sunday.

Attempting to secure the evangelical vote before the waters get muddy with too many choices and questions, Cruz, 44, purchased air time during the airing of "Killing Jesus" on the FOX Network and in key states on the Sunday night airing on NBC of "A.D. The Bible Continues" both of which are expected to draw high demographics.

Cruz, the first Hispanic or Cuban American to serve as a State Senator from Texas, has been very vocal over his beliefs and the deterioration of America and President Obama's Recovery Plan for the nation.

The campaign spent $33,000.00 on the ad spots.

For more information on President Barack Obama: www.whitehouse.gov

Sources: Whitehouse.org, Wikipedia.com

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