CHARLOTTE, NC, April 5, 2016 – Any way you slice it, the Iranian nuclear deal was a travesty of negotiations from the outset. At least in nearly everyone’s mind except the Iranians, the president and John Kerry.
Since the agreement was enacted, Iran’s belligerence has only been outdone by Barack Obama’s arrogance. As the president informed us with last week with his all-too-familiar double-talk, Iran is obeying the “letter” of the agreement, but not the “spirit” of it.
Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post reports that Congress is “outraged” at the U.S. inaction in response to the latest developments in Iran.
“Congressional leaders from both parties are firing back,” writes Rubin. “Congress was blatantly misled about the terms of the deal and the administration’s willingness to confront Iran’s non-nuclear behavior.”
Now there’s a surprise. Congress was misled. So not they are “fighting mad” with hollow words and lots more inaction.
Drawing red lines and ignoring them is the new national pastime.
Talk about “in-your-face” by Iran. Mr. Obama takes great pride at his expertise in the art of showing up an opponent, but this time he got snookered at his own game. Iran conducted tests with the words “Israel should be wiped out” written in Hebrew on the missiles while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting in Tel Aviv.
As The Clarion Project reports, “The harshest criticism Obama could muster against the test was that such provocations would be bad for international trade as they would make countries ‘nervous’ to do business with Iran.”
Congress was initially informed that a significant part of the Iranian negotiations included a moratorium on testing their ballistic missile program. Apparently Congress doesn’t understand English as well as Barack Obama, who altered the meaning to say the recent test was nothing more than a “violation of U.N. resolutions.”
When it comes to dealing with the truth in the Obama administration nothing is ever black or white, there are always considerably more than “fifty shades of gray.”
Even the media reported extensively on the conditions of the agreement which stated that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would have full and independent access to inspect all Iranian nuclear facilities. Oddly enough, the press raised its palms in the air and asked with incredulity “What?”
As a corollary to that part of the deal, there were also two key elements of the agreement that supposedly were not only kept from Congress, but also from Obama. How’s that for building confidence in the American people regarding their security?
The first part of the agreement allowed Iran to take its own samples from the Parchin military installation which has long been suspected of doing research on long-range ballistic missiles as well as nuclear weapons. In other words, the West handed a book of matches to an arsonist because he promised he would only light candles with them.
The second “secret” was the lifting of sanctions since the Iranians were no longer working on nuclear weapons of mass destruction, which then freed up billions of dollars that ultimately financed Islamic terrorism.
Quoting Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) The Clarion Project said, “When multiple officials—including Secretary Kerry, Secretary Lew, and Ambassador Mull—testify in front of Members of Congress, we are inclined to believe them. However, the gap between their promises on the Iran nuclear deal and today’s scary reality continues to widen. We are now trying to determine whether this was intentional deception on the part of the administration or new levels of disturbing acquiescence to the Iranians.”
The next question is obvious. “Why does Congress “tend” to believe them?” Are seven years of lies and misdirection still not enough to convince the gullible members of Congress that the current administration and its cronies do not possess a dictionary that has the word “truth” in it?
If Congress was duped, then they deserve exactly what they got for being so inept and stupid.
Barack Obama’s days in office are numbered. Thank goodness. There is still plenty of time to maneuver his methodical support of the Middle East, however.
It is difficult to tell who is more dangerous, Iran or the president.
Meanwhile, Congress feigns outrage before heading off to its next cocktail party. And in the interim, the American people are led to believe that our elected representatives are going “ballistic” while the Iranians are actually doing it.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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