Those “facts” have been rejected—by the Iranians themselves.
The American version: “With respect to this comprehensive resolution: nothing is agreed to with respect to a comprehensive solution until everything is agreed to.”
Even more embarrassing, Psaki conceded there was no mechanism in place that would stop Iran from continuing its current pursuits
“Work at the Arak reactor will continue,” Salehi said. “Enrichment to 5 percent will continue. Research and development will continue. All our exploration and extraction activities will continue. There are no activities that won’t continue.”
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menedez (D-NJ) contended he was willing to give the administration some breathing room, but that additional sanctions will be available “should the talks falter or Iran fail to implement or breach the interim agreement,” he said.
Yet it was former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman who cut to the chase. “Iran is an enemy, there is American blood on Iranian hands” he explained, further noting that the Iranians “have a terrible record of not keeping agreements and frankly of lying.”
President Obama remains undeterred. “We cannot close the door on diplomacy,” he said Monday. “We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict.”
In another stunning development, a White House official explained Wednesday that while the United States does not recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium, President Obama believes the world’s foremost exporter of Islamic terrorism “should have access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.”
“However, the history of the Iranian nuclear program has raised serious and legitimate concerns in the international community as to whether Iran’s enrichment program—which it pursued in secret—is truly for peaceful purposes,” the official added.
As of now, nothing in this non-deal deal does anything to stop Iran from pursuing its quest for nuclear weaponry.
Even more remarkably, sanctions, as in the only thing that was putting actual pressure on Iran short of military action have already been eased—beginning five months ago. Daily Beast columnist Eli Lake reveals that the Treasury Department “all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.”
Thus, the president has once again bypassed Congress in pursuit of his “noble” agenda.
It is an agenda based on little more than hubris, in that Obama believes he possesses a level of charm and intelligence that will win the Iranians over, in spite of a decade of evidence to the contrary—and in spite of the reality that absolutely nothing, other than a promise to make a deal leading to a deal ostensibly leading to peace in our time, has been achieved.
“Trusting Iran to deliver on its promises is nearly as risky as trusting Obama to deliver on his,” writes the NY Post’s Michael Goodwin.
Empty promises by both sides equals more time for Iran to pursue its nuclear agenda. If that’s not an outright victory for them, one is hard-pressed to imagine what is.