President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and just about every other administration official repeatedly said over the course of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program that "no deal is better than a bad deal."
That was a lie. Today, President Obama proudly announced that he'd made a deal with Iran that fails to meet just about every requirement of a good deal that the Obama administration has been selling to the American public.
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Iran nuke inspections: “We expect to have anywhere, anytime access.” April 20 '15 http://t.co/3ESiZkZdi5
— Mark Dubowitz (@mdubowitz) June 28, 2015
"We never sought anytime/anywhere inspections" - Pres Obama Dpty National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes tells me.
— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) July 14, 2015
Don't expect this goalpost-moving to be noted over at CBS. Ben Rhodes has a brother, David, and he's the President of CBS News.
Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner has a list of 6 major US concessions. Most troubling appear to be that the sanctions relief that Iran will get isn't limited to those linked to their nuclear program. Sanctions related to the nation's sponsorship of terror organizations like Hezbollah and human rights abuses and ballistic missiles will also be lifted.
Initially, the Obama administration argued that all of the sanctions being lifted would exclusively have to do with the nuclear program – this was their way of justifying why they didn't make Iranian sponsorship of terrorism or human rights violations a part of any deal. On Apr. 2, the White House press release outlining the parameters of the deal said, "U.S. sanctions on Iran for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missiles will remain in place under the deal." But the final deal provides much broader sanctions relief to Iranian financial institutions and individuals. The deal even unwinds sanctions against Qasem Soleiman, commander of the Quds Force, which has provided aid to Hamas and Hezbollah, and killed American soldiers in Iraq.
And then the military weighed in:
Bill Gertz notes that vague wording in the deal will ensure that Iran can continue to make monitoring its nuclear program difficult.
The Iranian nuclear deal reached in Vienna contains no reference to the Parchin military facility where most of Iran’s past nuclear arms-related work was carried out.
Additionally, the draft agreement made public on Tuesday contains no stated limits on Iran’s Russian-made Bushehr nuclear power facility that analysts say could produce plutonium for dozens of bombs.
Also, the accord will lift international sanctions on several Iranian entities currently engaged in supporting terrorism and building ballistic missiles, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-Air Force Al Ghadir Missile Command.
The Tehran-based command is a key element in developing nuclear-tipped missiles and is considered to be in operational control of Iranian missiles.
If you want proof that Obama wanted this deal far more than Iran, just look at the crumbs he couldn't get.
None of the 4 American citizens held captive by Iran on trumped up charges—including a Washington Post reporter—were released under the deal.
The Americans were not mentioned by President Obama nor John Kerry in their remarks.
Why? Because they're inconvenient.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the deal because the Israeli state can't afford to live in the la-la land that President Obama and his team inhabit.
The question becomes: When Iran drops a nuke on Tel Aviv, will American Jews abandon the Democratic Party?
Congress can scuttle the deal if they can get veto-proof majorities in both houses to reject it under the not-a-treaty plan put forward several months ago by GOP Sen. Bob Corker. That appears to be a steep hill to climb with at least one Democrat foreign policy "realist," California Sen. Dianne Feinstein already coming out in support of the deal.
Obama is likely to get a foreign policy "legacy" achievement, that will look good just a little longer than this guy's did.