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January 23rd, 2014
09:18 PM ET

Crossfire debates: Is Iran fooling the U.S.?

Crossfire hosts Newt Gingrich & Stephanie Cutter debate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's motives with fmr. Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) and fmr. Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum.

Santorum: What Huckabee meant
Rick Santorum responds to a question on Gov. Mike Huckabee from Stephanie Cutter.

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  1. Santorista

    Santorum lost Ohio to Mitt Romney by 1 point despite being outspent by a factor of 42 to 1. Yet, Santorum is not even being considered at this point. If the Republicans are serious about re-taking the White House they need to see what is right in front of their faces.

    February 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  2. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    Of Israel and Iran, what country actually has nuclear weapons and, uniquely, refuses to admit it?

    Why do we threaten to kill Iranians for trying to do that which both the US and Israel are already doing?

    February 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • tonyw

      What country has threatened to wipe the other country off the face of the earth? Israel is not perfect, but Iran traditionally has been bat **** crazy!

      February 6, 2014 at 8:36 am | Reply
      • Richard Broderick, Jr.

        Iran is not a person. It does not speak. People do. What cause do you have to kill people?

        We have more than a few crazy politicians here; some who even threaten to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

        Who is threatening to bomb whom?

        February 6, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
  3. Richard Broderick, Jr.

    The pool of needless blood has not yet dried around the feet of the NeoCONs, yet they thirst for the glory and profit of more.

    February 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  4. John 3:16

    Taken from a speech by this guy Hassan Rouhani he states that a wrestler gives leverage to his opponent to counter. Taken this into aspect he was speaking about the Iranian Nuclear """"Peace Talks"""" and I quote peace due to its relatively
    humorous name. The sanctions did tremendous harm to Iran, it even almost created a civil war due to poor Government leadership. Now they import precious metals that are required for nuclear enrichment send money to their Scientist to learn chemical warfare in education , as we sit here and see Netanyahu and his people in reality of great enemy that has always declared Israel as their enemy. A word from Benjamin Franklin – "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

    February 4, 2014 at 11:36 am | Reply
  5. Kurt

    It's clear from the comments here that most don't understand what the details of the Iran nuclear deal are.

    Here's what happens:

    -Iran gets access to 550 million dollars of their money we have kept frozen.
    -The US (plus some other nations taking part) allow Iran to use their money to pay for their citizens to get overseas education.
    -Iran can import and export precious metals
    -The US agrees to not impose any further oil sanctions
    -The US agrees to not implement a pending sanction on petrochemical and automotive goods (hadn't been implemented yet, but was scheduled to)

    That's what Iran recieves. A small part of their own money, some lowering of sanctions on precious metals, and an agreement to halt INCREASES in other sanctions. In other words... not a whole lot.

    In exchange:

    -Iran will halt production of near 20% enriched uranium and destroy centrifuges that make it.
    -start neutralizing their near 20% stockpile
    -refrain from any uranium enrichment in a certain percentage of their centrifuges
    -limit centrifuge production to enough to replace any existing machines that are damaged.
    -Halt operations at the Arak nuclear reactor.
    -refrain from building any nuclear reprocessing facility.

    The only thing we allow them that can't be immediately taken away is the access to 550 million dollars of their own money. In exchange, they will be destroying (under US observation) chunks of their nuclear program.

    Most of what we give them is a temporary halt to some non-oil sanctions and a temporary pause in increasing their oil based sanctions. This agreement was as near a complete win for the US as you get in scenarios like this.

    February 4, 2014 at 9:13 am | Reply
  6. hellsyeahs

    "I always get my facts about muslim countries from bible thumpers like Santorum. They know what's best for 'em" -Tea Party

    February 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  7. Rick Morrow

    We have by far the most stupid President ever in the White House. Iran is getting everything they want and it's not a matter of if Iran will strike, but how many Americans will die in the strike? Everything Obama touches fails trying to make wrong, right? Which will never happen.

    February 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  8. tee

    Of course. The only way to settle it is to have a ground invasion obviously.

    February 3, 2014 at 1:35 am | Reply
    • yohann

      of course by not doing anything ? it will solve the problem.? as the saying goes you can run but you can't hide... being scared running away is not the solution the only solution is sanctions that was the only thing that did work.....

      February 3, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
  9. hellsyeahs

    Is that Santorum (ggogle it)?
    This guy's still around? lol

    Santorum 2016!

    January 31, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  10. yohann

    Just to be correct Bibi Netanyahu is the one who created the momentum of sanctions on Iran years ago with his first book published and lectures around the world he never stop warning the world about Iran's true intentions. all Obama had to do is to follow and then as we have seen he destroyed every thing for greed and money. worst off all is that the more Obama speaks about Iran not being nuclear!? it seems his actions and ideology create the opposite outcome. only lies and deceits comes out of this president ? how far is this stupidity and stubbornness will lead us .....

    January 30, 2014 at 9:56 am | Reply
  11. drake mallard

    Rick Santorum and the tea KOCH party is the anti-gay, anti-abortion anti-womyn, anti-science ,anti-health care, anti disabilities rights. Who is running on these social issues. Never mind health reform or jobs. Or anything important or non-discriminatory, for that matter. they do not understand that there is a Separation of church and state.the federal endorsement of a deity or religion violates the united states constitution

    January 29, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  12. Mike

    What fooling are they talking about? The Agreement states that Iran has to scale back nuclear enrichment to 5% levels which sources say they have. "Saying Death to America is easy, we need to express Death to America with action." So what? What if Rouhani meant "action" means people taking to the streets and expressing their feelings with protests?

    January 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  13. Kurt

    Who cares?

    If they comply with the agreement, they get the minimal economic relief we promised them. If they don't comply then they won't.

    There really isn't much "fooling" that can be done. We are giving very little and getting very little with this deal. It gives Iran the chance to move further along the process of disarming and we'll lesson sanctions as they do... but they're going to have to "show us" at each stage.

    If they back out... then we reinstate the sanctions and in the end they gain pretty much nothing. More then likely, as sanctions get less, their population will see that their lives are getting a little better... and want more. THAT pressure is what will drive their government into doing what is necessary to get ALL the sanctions lifted... because their people will demand it.

    January 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  14. McShannon

    Getting another country to obey by forceful means e.g. sanctions is only a dream shared by conservatives and hardliner Israelis. All countries have national pride and when you stomp on it with statements such as “Axis of Evil” the response will be cold and untrusting deservedly so. A common goal of peace amongst nation with diplomacy instead of rhetoric could cultivate some common ground on which we might grow a healthy relationship even with Iran.

    January 24, 2014 at 9:51 am | Reply

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