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August 6, 2015
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President Obama speaks about the nuclear deal with Iran at American University in Washington on Wednesday. AP View Enlarged Image
Iran Deal: If you tell lies big enough, keep repeating them, and maintain your poker face, the public will swallow them. That’s what President Obama’s Iran speech — and his presidency — is all about.
In his Wednesday Iran speech at American University in Washington, Obama claimed his bad deal with Islamofascist Iran builds on John F. Kennedy’s “tradition of strong, principled diplomacy.”
If Obama is going to Kennedy for inspiration, he might want to heed this line from JFK’s 1963 “peace” speech at the same locale:
“No treaty … however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion.”
Deception and evasion are exactly what Tehran will be practicing, as it always has, which is why Kennedy would get nowhere near this Iran deal.
What Obama calls “the most comprehensive inspection and verification regime ever negotiated,” under which “inspectors will have the permanent ability to inspect any suspicious sites in Iran,” in fact lets Iran deny United Nations inspectors access to any and all undeclared nuclear sites.
If we don’t like it, we have to appeal to a gaggle of international bureaucracies.
Without mentioning him by name, Obama accused President George W. Bush of having “a preference for military action over diplomacy.” If Moammar Gadhafi hadn’t been killed thanks to Obama destabilizing Libya, where Islamic State interests run rampant today, the late colonel would raise an objection. After all, the ever-“mis-underestimated” Bush talked Gadhafi into abandoning Libya’s nuclear weapons program.
“Our nuclear experts, including one of the best in the world, Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz,” Obama boasted, “worked tirelessly on the technical details” of the Iran pact. But last week, when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked him about the secret side deals between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran, the “tireless” Moniz was forced to admit, “I personally have not seen those documents.”
One of Obama’s biggest lies was his claim that “if Iran violates the agreement … all of the sanctions can snap back into place,” and that the U.S. can make that happen unilaterally. The truth is that Iran will never be subjected to most of those sanctions ever again. Russia, China and Europe and their business interests who will be re-engaging with Iran simply won’t go back.
Touting the agreement’s fatally flawed inspection provisions, the president made this truly bizarre observation:
“Once we’ve identified a site that raises suspicion, we will be watching it continuously until inspectors get in.”
That’s as absurd as the FBI announcing that now that it’s finally investigating ServerGate, the bureau will be continuously watching the entrances to Hillary Clinton’s mansion in Chappaqua, N.Y.
In a bizarre defense of his diplomatic work, Obama contended that rejecting the deal would mean “we’d have to cut off countries like China from the American financial system,” which would threaten “the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency.”
Maybe this was supposed to be a laugh line in his speech, because what exactly is Obama suggesting would replace the dollar? The yuan? The euro (as in Greece)?
Has there ever been a president who so depends on the ignorance of those listening to him?
According to Obama, “military action would only set back Iran’s program by a few years at best.” Well, the solution to that is simple: A few years later we hit the world’s foremost terrorist state again.
He also claimed that rejecting the deal would end “America’s credibility as the anchor of the international system.”
Sorry, Mr. President. The vacuum of American power you engineered, which is being filled by the Islamic State and Russia, left America’s credibility in a shambles quite a while ago.