#Legacy: The Iran deal a year later
It's been a year since the Iran deal
was announced. The Foreign Policy Initiative has done a comparison of "What They Said Then" v. "What We Know Now
" about Iran's nuclear program. The New York Post has a summary
. I don't even need to embellish this.
The level of willful deceit from Team Obama is horrifying. For example:
White House aide Ben Rhodes also admitted that Team Obama just spun a
myth about a split within Iran between hard-liners and moderates.
- Under the deal, Obama said, “We will, for the first time, be in a
position to verify all of [Iran’s] commitments.” A year later, we have
less information about Iran’s nuclear activities than we did before the
- Washington will get full access to any military and “suspicious”
location; Iran’s failure to allow it would result in a “snap back” of
sanctions, said Kerry. Huh: The deal turns out to include an
unprecedented arrangement that relies on Iran to “self-inspect” its
Parchin military complex. Iran continues to deny access to Parchin and
other key sites, citing the agreement to let it self-inspect.
- Kerry insisted the deal contained “the exact same language” as UN
resolutions prohibiting ballistic-missile development. Iran has since
revealed a loophole that allows such development — which it’s been
exploiting, while Team Obama now says it isn’t a violation. Kerry says
he wants a “new arrangement” on the issue but agrees Washington is
“powerless” to stop the missile program.
- Obama insisted the deal left a “one-year breakout time” for Iran to
get the bomb if it violated the agreement. Other experts say it’s more
like seven months — and the latest International Atomic Energy Agency
report omits data that makes it possible to calculate.
- Iranian nuclear cooperation with North Korea would be “a gross
violation . . . and we would take action,” said Kerry last year.
Evidence since then shows Tehran has imported nuclear technology from
- Obama swore the United States would “maintain powerful sanctions” on
Iran for its sponsorship of terrorism. Since then, he has opposed all
congressional non-nuclear sanctions bills, and Kerry has pushed non-US
banks to resume business with Iran.
- Kerry vowed “we will never, ever stop” holding Iran to account for
human-rights violations. Yet Washington hasn’t sanctioned Iran on a
- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew insisted sanctions relief would not
change the level of Iran’s support of terrorism. Post-relief, Iran
approved a 90 percent increase in military spending.
- Obama said the deal would allow Iran “to move toward a constructive
relationship with the world community.” Funny: Iran continues to
threaten Israel with destruction, has launched cyber-attacks against the
United States, holds Americans and other Westerners as hostages and
illegally seized US sailors.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, John Kerry