You have to hand it to Obama and Kerry. They sure know how to bargain. Today the AP reports that Iran will be permitted to do its own inspections of a questionable nuclear site.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
Wow, that’s impressive. This is highly unusual:
The agreement in question diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied – trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Olli Heinonen, who was in charge of the Iran probe as deputy IAEA director general from 2005 to 2010, said he could think of no similar concession with any other country.
The White House has repeatedly denied claims of a secret side deal favorable to Tehran. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told Republican senators last week that he was obligated to keep the document confidential.
Iran has refused access to Parchin for years and has denied any interest in – or work on – nuclear weapons. Based on U.S., Israeli and other intelligence and its own research, the IAEA suspects that the Islamic Republic may have experimented with high-explosive detonators for nuclear arms.
The IAEA has cited evidence, based on satellite images, of possible attempts to sanitize the site since the alleged work stopped more than a decade ago.
This sounds like a joke, but it’s not. This deal is pretty entertaining. Iran got absolutely everything it wanted and the US gets nothing. Our feckless leaders could not even manage to secure the release of four American hostages.
In 2013 Barack Obama said that he wouldn’t take military options off the table. That was, as Tommy Vietor would say, so two years ago, dude!
Remember back Obama said there were no side deals while at the same time the State Department said they’d read the side deals?
Obama has framed his demands in his own inimitable way:
WASHINGTON — President Obama took on critics of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers in an aggressive speech on Wednesday, saying they were the same people who created the “drumbeat of war” and played on public fears to push the United States into the Iraq war more than a decade ago.
“Let’s not mince words: The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war — maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon,” Mr. Obama told about 200 people in a speech at American University. “How can we in good conscience justify war before we’ve tested a diplomatic agreement that achieves our objectives?”
In other words, “If you disagree with me, you’re a whore.”
give diplomacy a chance and give peace a chance.
So I am wondering- why didn’t obama want to “give peace a chance” in Libya? Why did he want to bomb Gaddafi to hell but not Rouhani and his gang? Why did Obama want to take out the more secular leaders in Libya, Egypt and Syria while kissing Iranian ass? Why couldn’t Iran get the Libya treatment if they didn’t comply?
A year and a half ago Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted that world powers had surrendered to Iran:
“Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation’s interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will.”
He was right. Obama has all but surrendered.
I’d like to know why.