With the American press stating that this may be the most secretive presidency in US history, this point was further evidenced by a secret letter composed by Obama to Iran’s political and religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The administration cited national security concerns a record 8496 times as an excuse for withholding information from the public, of which is a 57% increase from the previous year.
The letter focuses on a shared national interest between the US and Iran and aims to combat militants in Iraq and Syria, Obama insists that if the IS problem is to be resolved then diplomacy with Iran is essential before the deadline of November 24th. Republican senators displayed outrage towards the President’s ideologies, stating that Iran’s one and only objective is to attempt to weaken America and force their intervention policy out of the Middle-East’s chaotic political system.
An agreement with Iran urging them not to produce a highly dangerous Nuclear weapon is Obama’s main diplomatic concern, with America fighting to be the key protagonist saw to be influencing the Middle East it is imperative that Iran input into the dispute to protect it’s Shia led country and neighbour, Iraq. Khamenei refuses a coalition with the US on the basis that the Iranian government suspect America created a Jihadist group intentionally as a tool to use against them.
Not only has the US presidency been secretive towards it’s people, it’s allies have suffered as well. Since America opened talks with Iran in 2012, Israel and Saudi Arabia have been left in the dark and once again Obama demonstrates disregard towards his allies as he continues to progress in diplomacy with Iran. The president, along with officials, argue that “they are doing what’s best in America’s national security interest”.
Opinions within the American government seem confused, with Obama suggesting an alliance with Iran is crucial, Republican speaker of the House John Boehner said he did not trust Iran’s leaders and said they should not be brought into the fight against IS.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to begin negotiations on the issue with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif this weekend in Oman.