“Jeux de dupes” — a sucker’s game — is what the French foreign minister called President Obama’s initial deal with Iran about slowing its nuclear enrichment. The French signed on to the current deal, but we’re not sure what makes it less of a sucker’s game.
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What Iran got — Obama lifting sanctions on oil sales and releasing $20 billion in frozen assets and $7 billion in sanctions relief — was not much. But members of Congress, the Israeli government and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy estimate the value of the sanctions relief over six months at $20 billion.
President Obama said, “Iran will halt work on its plutonium reactor,” but Iran only said it would not fuel the reactor. It will continue construction.
Obama also said Iran “cannot install or start up new centrifuges.” Big deal. The Iranians already have 10,000 centrifuges.
And now the Iranians are disputing what Obama says is in the document.
President Obama wanted a deal so bad and didn’t want to bomb their facilities that the deal is not worth the paper it is written on.