I know, y’all are probably nearly numb by now to how dangerously outrageous our so-called “deal” with Iran is. As each layer of the onion is peeled back and we learn more about the deal, it just becomes that much more frightening. The stakes couldn’t be higher and yet it sometimes feels like we’re witnessing a farce played out by the men for whom our nation’s security is supposed to be a top priority.
This latest bombshell revelation is so ridiculous one might at first mistake it for satire. According to a new secret “side deal,” details of which were leaked by the Associated Press, guess who will be inspecting and reporting on one of Iran’s most controversial nuclear sites? Yep, that’d be Iran. Because I guess when the Obama administration hijacks Ronald Reagan’s “trust but verify” doctrine, it means trust the enemy and allow THEM to verify themselves. Smart.
Via Fox News:
Capitol Hill opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal was stoked Wednesday by a bombshell report that Tehran will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect one of the country’s most controversial nuclear sites.
“Allowing the Iranians to inspect their own nuclear sites, particularly a notorious military site, is like allowing the inmates to run the jail,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a presidential candidate, said in a statement.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that, in an unusual and secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, Iran can use its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence for activities that it has consistently denied — trying to develop nuclear weapons.
At issue is an investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran has refused access to Parchin for years and 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 at that military facility and other weapons-related work elsewhere.
The IAEA has repeatedly cited evidence, based on satellite images, of possible attempts to sanitize the site since the alleged work stopped more than a decade ago.
So, let’s get this straight: this particular site is one that the IAEA has been concerned about for some time. U.S., Israeli and IAEA intelligence has long suspected this site has been used to experiment with high-explosive detonators for nuclear arms — and that Iranians have attempted to sanitize the site. So what better way to alleviate these concerns than to just toss up our arms and let Iran do their own policing on this site?
A draft document seen by the AP suggests that instead of carrying out their own probe, IAEA staff will be reduced to monitoring Iranian personnel as they inspect the Parchin site.
That deal is a side agreement worked out between the IAEA and Iran, separate from the nuclear deal now before Congress for approval. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the revelation only “reinforces” concerns about the broader agreement.
Hmm, kinda have to wonder why this particular portion of the deal was kept in a secret side agreement. I mean, why not just toss it in with the rest of the outrageous
deal capitulation our fine negotiator John Kerry brokered?
“Trusting Iran to inspect its own nuclear site and report to the U.N. in an open and transparent way is remarkably naïve and incredibly reckless,” he said in a statement. “It is time for the Obama Administration to come clean with the American people and provide all information about these secret side agreements between Iran and the IAEA.”
Ya think maybe we, the American people, have a right to know about what’s in not just the deal, but the apparently numerous secret side agreements that seem pretty germane to the overarching arrangement? Keep up the transparency, President Obama and team — y’all are doing a helluva job with that.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., who previously voiced concerns to the State Department over the so-called side deals between Iran and the IAEA, said the inspections need to be done by international inspectors, “Period.”
“Congress must now consider whether this unprecedented arrangement will keep Iran from cheating. This is a dangerous farce,” he said in a statement.
Ummm, hate to break it to everyone, but I don’t really think we need to “consider” whether this will keep Iran from cheating. As they say, past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. What has Iran done in the last 30+ years to make us think we should trust them?
The Obama administration, though, defended the arrangement without going into detail.
“We are confident in the Agency’s technical plans for investigating the possible military dimensions of Iran’s former program, issues that in some cases date back more than a decade,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said. “Just as importantly, the IAEA is comfortable with arrangements, which are unique to the Agency’s investigation of Iran’s historical activities. When it comes to monitoring Iran’s behavior going forward, the IAEA has separately developed the most robust inspection regime ever peacefully negotiated to ensure Iran’s current program remains exclusively peaceful…
State Department spokesman John Kirby also said they are “confident in the agency’s technical plans for investigating the possible military dimensions of Iran’s former program” and the IAEA is “comfortable” with the arrangements as well.
Administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, previously have stressed the importance of Iran disclosing past nuclear military activity as part of any deal framework.
But the AP reported that Iran will provide agency experts with photos and videos of locations the IAEA says are linked to the alleged weapons work, “taking into account military concerns.” That wording suggests that — beyond being barred from physically visiting the site — the agency won’t even get photo or video information from areas Iran says are off-limits because they have military significance.
IAEA experts would normally take environmental samples for evidence of any weapons development work, but the agreement stipulates that Iranian technicians will do the sampling.
The revelation comes as Republicans try to defeat the nuclear deal in a congressional vote.
If the resolution passed and President Obama vetoed it, opponents would need a two-thirds majority to override it. Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has suggested opponents will likely lose, but the developments could fuel the opposition.
Naturally, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi shrugged off the revelation, saying, “I truly believe in this agreement.” Another strike against the agreement right there.
We need to wake more people up to how truly dangerous this agreement is, not just to our nation, but to our entire world. As much as people may want to tune out this deadly comedy of errors starring Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama, it’s very much a reality careening toward ratification. It must be stopped.