Would the President lie? Well, how’s that health plan you liked? Seen your family doctor lately? But those were just “misunderstandings” according to the White House. Certainly not something as important as “Peace in Our Time” in the Middle East! The President’s legacy depends on this deal with Iran and he certainly wouldn’t’ jeopardize his legacy, right?
Well, probably not, if the New York Post is right.
First of all, there are the headlines:
New York Times: Iran Agrees to Detailed Nuclear Outline
Washington Post: Iran agrees to nuclear restrictions in framework deal with world powers
Sounds like a done deal, right?
Second, it seems like everybody at the table has their own document that explains the “framework” for an agreement.
There’s the joint statement in English that runs 291 words by the Iranian Foreign Minister and the EU representative. Then there’s the Persian version for release in Iran that runs 512 words. The French are uncharacteristically NOT verbose at 213 words. Finally, there’s the US version, developed for release to the used car salespersons who are charged with shoving this turkey down the throats of the American people.
Third, there’s the narratives hidden in the different texts. Those make it clear that the parties are not talking about the same things. They are starkly contradictory.
The “joint statement” is vague enough to make you believe that the word “joint” refers to something the parties were smoking, not a statement among the parties. The Persian text uses tricks of Persian grammar to avoid the impression that the Iranians are going to do anything. It also gives the distinct perception that the West – the US – is going to everything immediately. Like lift the sanctions.
John Kerry’s version gives a somewhat different impression. And that’s the text that the US media – the same people who made a national story out of pizza at a gay wedding – is running with.
The American text, however, pretends to enumerate “Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” and claims key points have been “decided.” What remains to be done is work out “implementation details.”
Here are a couple of specifics between the Iranian text and John Kerry’s Dr. Seuss version of things.
The Iranian text opens by insisting that it has absolutely no “legal aspect” and is intended only as “a guideline for drafting future accords.”
The American text claims that Iran has agreed to do this or that, for example reducing the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to 6,500.
The Iranian text, however, says that Iran “shall be able to . . .” or “qader khahad boud” in Farsi to do such a thing. The same is true about enrichment in Fordow. The Americans say Iran has agreed to stop enrichment there for 15 years. The Iranian text, however, refers to this as something that Iran “will be able to do,” if it so wished.
And then there’s those pesky centrifuges.
The American statement claims that Iran has agreed not to use advanced centrifuges, each of which could do the work of 10 old ones. The Iranian text, however, insists that “on the basis of solutions found, work on advanced centrifuges shall continue on the basis of a 10-year plan.”
The American text claims that Iran has agreed to dismantle the core of the heavy water plutonium plant in Arak. The Iranian text says the opposite. The plant shall remain and be updated and modernized.
And that brings us to the President’s specific lies. There are three, and please note these are not simply “misrepresentations,” they are outright “You can keep your doctor…” lies.
One: since 2009 he has been claiming that Iran has “thousands of centrifuges” which will be reduced to about 6,000 under this deal. In fact, in 2008 Iran had only 800 centrifuges. They certainly have 10,000 plus running today, but all of the increase came under his watch.
Two: President Obama is claiming that this deal will block all of Ira’s paths to developing a nuclear arsenal. In the same breath he admits that even if the deal is fully implemented, and Iran doesn’t cheat, they would still be able to build a bomb in a year. The handwriting on the wall about this deal is clear, it’s the equivalent of a Pop Warner offensive line trying to keep the New England Patriots defensive pass rush away from their quarterback.
Three: The only alternative to this deal is a ground war in the Middle East. That is the Big Lie! He’s ignoring the fact that the sanctions regime that he waived was responsible for bringing Iran to the bargaining table in the first place, and that going back to, and increasing, those sanctions is a very viable alternative.
The biggest thing that President Obama, John Kerry, etal are ignoring is the fact that Iran has never stopped being the primary sponsor of terrorism in the world. There is nothing in this agreement that will change that. There is also nothing that will change the fact that the Iranian mullahs fondest desire is to see Israel and the US reduced to ashes, or at least to servant states.
Barack Obama is their prime enabler toward those two goals. Watching this process has convinced us that he hates Israel, Jews, and the United States of America every bit as much as the mullahs.
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