Over the weekend, it was announced that key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and the six western powers-the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - are contained in a 30-page memorandum that western sources are unwilling to release publicly. One detail that is being released publicly is that the nuclear agreement (or non-agreement, if you ask the Iranians) signed November 24 of last year is going to begin to be implemented January 20th.
Aside from the almost 3 months this gave Iran to hide or move things they'd rather the West didn't see and to clean up any evidence of what the Iranians were working on, remember that the November 24th agreement is supposed to be a six month freeze of Iran’s nuclear progress. Assuming the Iranians act with their usual duplicity and lack of candor, they just bought themselves 9 months to work on their illegal nuclear weapons program from the gullible West...as well as billions in trade and released assets to throw the regime a lifeline and finance their nuclear quest.
While the West is largely keeping mum, the Iranians have no problem calling this what it is - a defeat for the West and a victory for Iran. 'Moderate' Iranian president Hassan Rouhani chose Twitter as his avenue to celebrate:
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Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will
President Rouhani was even more specific in a speech in front of a howling crowd in the city of Ahwaz:“The Geneva agreement means the big powers’ surrender to the great Iranian nation; the Geneva agreement means the global acceptance of Iran’s peaceful nuclear technology acquired through the young scientists’ efforts and sacrifices; the Geneva agreement means breaking the barrier of sanctions which were unjustly imposed on the dear and peace-loving Iranian nation."
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi went even further, announcing in an interview with the Iranian government site FARS in a Farsi-only interview that “No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded.All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”
President Rouhani said almost exactly the same thing last November.
Araqchi also disclosed the existence of what he called a "secret side deal" that's part of the nuclear deal. Which of course, we're also not hearing about publicly.When asked, State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf denied that there was any secret agreement.
Given our State Department's well deserved reputation for transparency and honesty, I'll let you make your own judgment on who's telling the truth here.
As you can imagine, President Obama is absolutely ecstatic over this.
There are at least 60 votes in the Senate for a bi-partisan bill to increase sanctions on Iran which would automatically strengthen sanctions against Iran if the Iranians don't comply with the new agreement. It's sponsored by Mark Kirk ( R-IL) and Robert Menendez ( D-NJ) and has an impressive 58 cosponsors in the notoriously partisan Senate, including 10 Democrats.
The bill is pretty much a gesture, since President Obama has now dismantled the sanctions regime that took years to assemble and even curtailed U.S. enforcement starting back when the president's Iranian-born consigliere Valerie Jarret was conducting secret, back channel negotiations with Iran for the past year.
But the president's response is illuminating. He has threatened to veto the bill if it passes, and is reportedly insisting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid kill the bill and refuse to allow it to come to a vote. The president is even reaching back to his radical youth to channel John Lennon, saying, "What we want to do is give diplomacy a chance and give peace a chance."
As I've written on these pages before, what President Obama has done is essentially to sign off on Iran having nuclear weapons. Moreover, he has also told the Ayatollahs on more than one occasion that the U.S. has no problem with Iran striking Israel provided no U.S. assets are attacked.
Remember whom we're talking about here...a country that reflexively refers to the U.S. as the Great Satan, is the greatest sponsor of state terrorism in the world, and was directly implicated in the 9/11 attacks.
What we're creating here is a far more dangerous North Korea, something we will discover to our peril in not too short a time if nothing intervenes when the Ayatollah Khamenei or President Rouhani announce a successful nuclear missile test and begin transferring a warhead to Hezbollah. Meanwhile, they're simply laughing delightedly at how craven and easy to deceive our leaders are.