Oh. My. Word.
Many conservative observers believed that the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal could not possibly get any worse, but it somehow did. Seriously, it just reached a whole new level of awful.
On Wednesday morning we all finally learned the details about that secret little side deal that the IAEA had with Iran. While we may have suspected that it would be bad, no one could have predicted it would be this bad. We were worried that Iran would be warned far too early for inspections to actually do any good, but we should have been worried about so much more.
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Get ready for this… The side deal basically says that Iran will have the responsibility to inspect their own nuclear facilities!
Yep. Not the IAEA, not the USA, not independent contractors from Europe or Asia or anywhere else… Iran will police itself!
Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
A skeptical House Speaker John Boehner said, “President Obama boasts his deal includes ‘unprecedented verification.’ He claims it’s not built on trust. But the administration’s briefings on these side deals have been totally insufficient – and it still isn’t clear whether anyone at the White House has seen the final documents.”
Said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce: “International inspections should be done by international inspectors. Period.”
The response to this news from the White House was as enraging as the news itself.
Statement from Obama administration on report that Iran will be able to inspect Parchin site pic.twitter.com/O9RaMsSGiQ
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) August 19, 2015
Doesn’t this inspire confidence?
“We are confident in the Agency’s (IAEA) technical plans for investigating the possible military dimension’s of Iran’s former programs…”
Well, I sure am glad that the Obama team that brought us this horrible deal is confident, but I have no confidence in the IAEA or the Obama administration.
Here are a few more specifics to make you even more worried about these inspections.
The document suggests that instead of carrying out their own probe, IAEA staff will be reduced to monitoring Iranian personnel as these inspect the Parchin site…
That wording suggests that — beyond being barred from physically visiting the site — the agency won’t even get photo or video information from areas Iran says are off-limits because they have military significance.
IAEA experts would normally take environmental samples for evidence of any weapons development work, but the agreement stipulates that Iranian technicians will do the sampling.
The sampling is also limited to only seven samples inside the building where the experiments allegedly took place. Additional ones will be allowed only outside of the Parchin site, in an area still to be determined.
So a loyal Iranian will do the “investigating” and then turn over his findings to his IAEA supervisor without any photo or video information. What will keep the inspector from gathering this data from somewhere else and then saying that it’s from Parchin (or another weapons facility)? Are we supposed to simply trust the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism? Whatever happened to “trust but verify”?
The Iran Nuclear Deal just went from bad to epically horrible.
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