November 15th, 2014
01:51 PM ET

'The system right now is incentivized for status quo'

Fareed speaks with Maziar Bahari, author of Then They Came for Me, and Rosewater director Jon Stewart about the looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran. Watch the full interview this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

You're not hopeful on an Iranian deal?

Bahari: I don't think so. I don't think that there will be a deal on November 24, because I don't think that there is a real will, either in Iran or the United States, to have a deal on the 24th. And there are also radical interest groups in both countries. In Iran, the Revolutionary Guards are making a lot of money because of the sanctions and because there is no relationship between Iran and the United States. And in this country, as you know, there are many lobbies for making a lot of money by supporting the sanctions and not having...

Stewart: Not a lot of incentives on either side.

And fair to say that whatever deal Obama were to bring, it would be pilloried...

Stewart:...That's my favorite is the new climate deal. So all they talk about in Congress is we're not going to do a climate deal, because if we don't get China on board, it's meaningless. It's utterly meaningless. OK, we've got China on board...No deal...So you realize the system right now is incentivized for status quo, for stagnation. You don't raise money on bipartisanship, on cooperation and good governance. You raise money on demonization. And that's where we sit.

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  1. bobcat2u

    Two male flies are buzzing around, cruising for good looking females. One spots a real cutie sitting on a cow patty and dives down toward her." Pardon me" he asks, turning on his best charm,"...
    but is this stool taken?"

    November 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
    • dazzle

      I love this joke. I heard a similar one but in a different frame of reference. Enjoy your party my friend.

      November 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm |
  2. chri§§y

    Lol God bless you @ bobcat!

    November 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Thank you chrissy. Just trying to hone my edges so my wit will be sharp tonight. My friends are throwing me a senior party and I want to be ready to cut loose.

      November 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm |
  3. chri§§y

    Well i think your friends are a bit premature on the "senior" thing lmao. Cuz youre still a kid!

    November 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      My heart and mind agree with you. My pains tell me otherwise. Like the saying goes, "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." I choose option B.

      November 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
      • banasy©

        Whatever your party is for, darlin', have fun!
        I, too, choose option B.

        November 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm |
  4. Blue Saffron

    Moving on to more important matters and away from hindoo cave talk above....,

    Democracy maybe the cornerstone of American foreign policy but not when it leads to the election of unscrupulous elements. We all agree on that. Therefore we must insist on putting Narinder Modi on trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague for international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in India.

    Nothing more Nothing less.

    November 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm |
    • Philip

      Omg. First you say "cut and run" is US foreign policy and now you say it's based on democracy.
      What meds are you addicted to, Blue. Be honest.

      November 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm |
  5. Blue Saffron

    Mr. Blythe Mr. Rosenthal et al, thank you for your kind words. The news about my demise were immensely exaggerated. I am not a hero. Rather just an ordinary guy expressing his opinion. Some people want to muffle me. That will NEVER happen. I am deeply rooted in my convictions and consider it sacrosant to share it with others. I call blue blue and black black.
    Not shades in between.

    One can’t have a discussion of ISIS without having a discussion of India.
    Savvy? So let’s talk.

    Once again, one can't have a discussion of ISIS without having a discussion of India.
    Savvy? So let's talk.

    November 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
  6. Blue Saffron ☼

    We look backwards to seek salvation and determine how we got here the past 200 years. While China looks forward to the future to prosperity and global dominance. That is who we are. This is what we have become. This is what we do best.

    November 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm |
  7. banasy©

    Stewart: You don’t raise money on bipartisanship, on cooperation and good governance. You raise money on demonization. And that’s where we sit.

    Mr. Stewart is absolutely correct.
    There is no such thing as bipartisanship anymore. The spirit of cooperation? Pffffft.

    November 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
    • Blue Saffron ☼

      What would you know? India's economy is built on American taxpayer handouts/aid. Say what. Pssssst

      November 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
      • banasy©

        I am not talking about India.

        Perhaps this is where you got confused as to the meaning of my statement; I was agreeing with Mr. Stewart, who was not talking about India, either.

        November 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm |
      • Blue Saffron ☼

        Why are you so defensive? Is that what they teach you in ashrams besides raipes? Be open minded. Debate the issues. Indulge in intellectual inquiry.

        November 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm |
      • banasy©

        I am not defensive; I am explaining to you that I was not talking about India, Blue Saffron.

        November 16, 2014 at 11:01 am |
      • banasy©

        Oh, and Blue? I'll type this out slowly so you finally understand:
        I. Am. Not. Indian. So. Your. Attempts. To. Insult. Me. Look. Stupid. And. Immature.

        November 16, 2014 at 11:06 am |
    • Bright Light Shaffron

      You raise money by mobilizing women for free, 'nasy.

      November 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm |
      • banasy©

        You don't raise money at all; you steal, PEDo.

        November 16, 2014 at 11:03 am |
  8. Blue Saffron ☼

    I have come here not to bury America but to instill realism about our place in the world. We have no foreign policy. We have no shame. We stand on hallowed ground and Obama has left us lame and maimed.

    I am Blue Saffron and I tell it the way it is. I help you see the light.

    November 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
  9. Blue Saffron ☼

    I stood in front of The Taj Mahal and took in all the good that the Moghals stood for.

    I read about the Temples of Khajurahu and the evil that Kali Maa stands for.

    Two cultures: The Moslem Moghals – so very enlightened. The Hindus – epitomy of terrorism.

    November 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
    • Hillbilly Blue Saffron

      Hey there mini me. Vuja de. Didn't I just a see you copy/paste those parroted words jes' a minute ago everywhere else? We need to get us some Deliverance, you and I. I tap you as Ned Beatty.

      November 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm |
    • rupert

      @blue saffron. Go pack your chicken tenders with your wrinkle fries put them in your tiffin box and go back to India. U hindu raypist.

      November 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
  10. Black Saffron

    Hey, Blue. Wut up, bra. Wanna git bizzy with it? We ain'ts be fa gitten jiggy wid it in a grip, yo. Word?

    November 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm |
    • Black Saffron

      ...hey man. U seen Greeen Shaffron around, cuz?

      November 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm |
  11. Big Mamma Saffron

    You betta be for getting your sorry ass home, Blue. How many times I got's ta tell you to be home on time, boi.

    November 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm |
  12. Big Mamma Saffron

    Did u get Big Mamma some 2 for one food stamps shoogams?

    November 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm |
  13. Bright Light Shaffron

    Hmmm. Not much I can do for you, Blue. I could hand you a lantern to see and you would still trip over lines painted on pavement. You are on your own.

    November 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm |
  14. Philip

    Yes. The status quo maintain and update the system on behalf of the status quo. If you are satisfied with Americans becoming so fat and stupid, you are among the status quo. If you speak out against lazy or fat people, you are not of the status quo. Plain and simple.

    November 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm |
  15. rupert

    Bunch of hindu raypists from india

    November 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
  16. chri§§y

    Lmao @ that your way of saying hes a few ff's short of a happy meal?

    November 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm |
  17. mike

    Iran Islamic Regime have Nuclear energy station in city of Bushehr. its uranium is provided by the Russia.
    Why they enriched more than 8000 KG Uranium?! and do not give permission to the UN Nuclear inspectors to visit their atomic sites like Fordu or Parchin or natanz!?!
    Why they expanding their ballistic rockets?!

    November 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm |
  18. mike

    It looks that USA try to make a null nuclear agreement with the untrusted liar islamic iran regime that only delays the making bomb.
    The real agreement must be include: shut down all the atomic sites and destroy or move all the enriching r-5 centrifuges to the another country.

    November 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm |
  19. chri§§y

    @ mike, since Iran is in cahoots with Russia on nuclear sites and enriching youre correct...their should be NO agreement allowed. And maybe stiffer sanctions on Russia also because THEY cannot be trusted.

    November 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm |
  20. Karen Strickholm

    TECH TEAM: The Google+ share button for this page does not work, at least not on my iPad2. And btw, this is a very Google+ kind of content, in would I suspect be reshared often there.

    November 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm |

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