Obama's October Surprise...Good or Bad? 1. Is there a secret deal on the table or not? Reza Kahlili, a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Irans Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book A Time to Betray, has been reporting for WND that Obama administration officials have already cut a deal with Iran that would end many of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for the promise of a temporary halt to uranium enrichment. 2. one of the enticements for Iran to announce a halt to enrichment now is to assist Barack Obamas re-election chances. Mitt Romney is seen as less yielding than Obama and a president who will be quick to support Israel. 3. On the eve of the last presidential debate focusing, of course, on foreign policy the White House is flat-out denying there are any plans for one-on-one talks between the U.S. and Iran on its uranium enrichment program. 4. However Michael Ledeen, a scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a highly regarded expert on Iran, affirms the essence of the WND report: One-on-one negotiations have been going on for years (most recently, according to my friend Reza Kahlili, in Doha, where, he was told, Valerie Jarrett and other American officials recently traveled for the latest talks). The only news here is that the talks would no longer be secret. 5. So what is happening? Ledeen asks. The most likely explanation is that Obama is still desperately seeking his grand bargain, the one that would validate his (and the Nobel Committees) claim to be a talented peace maker. That deal is not available, because the Iranians dont want it. But he wants something to show for his efforts, so he settled for a big nothingburger: an agreement to talk some more. 6. So what will be this grand deal? Most likely a PROMISE from Iran to TEMPORARILY halt enriching uranium in exchange to permanently end sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Our good friends we can trust. Now I ask you is that a good deal? U.S.-Iran nuke talks: On or off?