From: powerlineblog.com, by Paul Mirengoff, on Dec 27, 2016
Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) posted documents revealing that President Obama granted Iran permission to stockpile uranium in excess of the 300 kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal. Jenna Lifhits of the Weekly Standard has the story.
The exemptions had been kept secret for almost a year. However the Trump administration reportedly intended to make them public, which may be why the IAEA decided to reveal them.
The Obama administration didn’t just keep the exemptions secret. Apparently, it denied their existence. According to Lifhits:
Some details of the exemptions had previously been leaked. The Institute for Science and International Security revealed in September that Iran had been allowed to exceed certain caps in the deal so that the country could come into compliance with the deal’s terms.
Administration officials dismissed the. . .report at the time.
In other words, the administration was dishonest. What else is new?
Why did the administration keep the exemptions secret? Probably to be able to maintain the pretense that the nuclear agreement is holding up. Any deal will hold up if violations are secretly deemed non-violations.
A source who works with Congress told the Weekly Standard:
The Obama team was just hoping to get through the next few weeks without revealing that they’ve been allowing Iran to go beyond the nuclear deal the whole time. That way the president and Secretary of State Kerry could keep declaring that Iran has been following the deal, and their echo chamber could keep saying the nuclear deal is working.
But now it’s public. The only reason that the nuclear deal is still in place is because the Obama team has been secretly rewriting to let Iran cheat. The only question is, what’s still not being told?
It’s a good question. What’s now being told is bad enough, however:
The now-confirmed exemptions reported on by ISIS include allowing Iran to keep low-enriched uranium (LEU) in various forms beyond what’s allowed under the nuclear deal. The concession applies to forms that have been “deemed unrecoverable” for use in a nuclear weapon, and Iran has promised not to build a facility to try recover them.
But if Iran breaks its promise and builds such a facility, these forms of uranium suddenly would be recoverable. This, I imagine, is why the term “unrecoverable” apparently is not in the underlying agreement — the one that was made public.
As Associated Press reporter Bradley Klapper said to John Kerry’s spokesman when word of the secret exemption first leaked:
You’re using this term that’s not in the document. I’m just trying to figure out how we can actually check that or understand what it means. If you say some things are usable but some things aren’t, but I don’t know which are which, that’s not spelled out in the document. That seems to be a new idea here.
New and dangerous.
Kerry’s spokesman had no meaningful response.
Obama’s desire to accommodate Iran is matched only by his desire to screw Israel and lack of desire to avert disaster in Syria. Indeed, the first desire helps explains the latter two.
We now have evidence that the “most transparent administration ever” had all sorts of secret agreements with Iran that were kept hidden from U.S. citizens. Are you surprised?
Barack Obama has lied countless times to citizens of the country that he’s supposed to be governing – and I do mean countless times. Yes, we could count all of the lies we know about that he’s told and caused his sycophants to tell and the number would probably be in the hundreds, but I intentionally used the term “countless” because we don’t know (yet) how many additional lies he’s told that are still hidden away in Obama’s super-secret closet. Some we may never know about, but it would be a safe bet that he’s still hiding quite a few that haven’t yet been exposed. The most worrisome thing is that those that remain super-secret are likely to be the ones that are the most serious and perhaps the most damaging to the country.
It’s a stunning exposure that in November of 2016, Obama still has an approval rating of 57 percent. How is that possible?
The only way that’s possible is that our population isn’t holding him responsible for the lies that he’s told the citizenry or for the myriad of failures for which he is directly responsible. He is not only a miserable failure, he has single-handedly diminished the United States in the eyes of every other nation on earth and yet, he’s given a pass by 57 percent of our population. That is an indictment of our population. It illustrates how little attention is paid to what our government is doing, purportedly on our behalf.
In my opinion, those who believe that Barack Hussein Obama has (and still is) governing our country in a responsible and prudent manner have disqualified themselves as informed voters and should not be allowed to vote in subsequent elections. They should reap what they’ve sown.