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Fareed Zakaria: Iran deal 'strikes me as a train wreck'

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Memo to President Obama: When you've lost Fareed Zakaria on Iran, it's time to hang it up.

The CNN host Thursday morning discussed his interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, saying the Iranian leader had declared that his country would not destroy its nuclear centrifuges "under any circumstances," and gave a pessimistic assessment of what that means for a deal on Iran's nuclear issue.

"This strikes me as a train wreck," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "This strikes me as potentially a huge obstacle because the Iranian conception of what the deal is going to look like and the American conception now look like they are miles apart."

Zakaria supported Obama for president in 2008, and the New York Times reported in 2011 that Obama has consulted him on Middle Eastern affairs.

Rouhani's comments came on top of those by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who told CNN in an interview Wednesday that the Obama administration is mischaracterizing concessions by his side in the six-month interim deal that took effect Jan. 20, noting that "we did not agree to dismantle anything."

Keep this in mind the next time someone in the White House suggests members of Congress pushing new sanctions against Iran are trying to blow the deal. There never was a deal — it's already blown.

Americans are being played for fools by Iran in this process, and the biggest fools are the ones in the administration.

(Video courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon)

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