It refers to an event that is designed to create the appearance of conflict or of an uncertain outcome, when in fact the actors have worked together to determine the outcome beforehand.
Now let’s relate this term to the Iran deal: Despite the controversy in Congress and on cable TV about the nuclear arms agreement with Iran, the view in the diplomatic community here is calm, clear and simple: “It’s a done deal,” said one key ambassador. he President has emerged triumphant with the aid of key members on both sides of the political aisle. While Obama admits that Israel’s fearfulness is justified. At the same time, the president lumps Israel’s elected leader in with Republicans he accuses of mindlessly opposing the deal for political reasons. He feels its all politics. Besides, the commitment for the sanctions is not there, other countries would like to sell goods, services and financing to Iran. The United Nations Security Council and the European Union conceivably could end sanctions on their own, whatever the Congress does. In the end, presidents usually get their way on international deals. The major exception was Democrat Woodrow Wilson. He helped found the League of Nations after World War I, but couldn’t convince Republicans in the Senate to allow the U.S. to join.
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