Expert: Team Obama ‘doesn’t understand’ terms of its own Iran deal

Peace in our time.


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Here’s one I never expected to hear about a presidential administration negotiating America’s national security issues:

Nuclear expert Gregory Jones expressed concern that the administration “does not fully understand” the deal it signed [with Iran].

This will be short.  But it’s very important for the maximum possible number of people to understand the two points raised in an article by Adam Kredo today at Washington Free Beacon.  One is the Jones point that the Obama administration doesn’t seem to understand the deal it has signed.  Jones elaborated:

“It appears to me the administration has negotiated an agreement it does not fully understand and I don’t understand how that can happen.”

“I don’t see how there’s going to be an agreement,” he said.

Iran, for instance, can continue to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, under the deal and continue to develop advanced nuclear apparatus.

Jones said he could not envision a scenario in which Iran is stopped from building a nuclear weapon.

Given these concessions, “I’m left with the impression the administration doesn’t really understand what it has negotiated,” he said.

The other point is equally troubling:  the actual proto-agreement – the document on paper – is being held under lock and key, apparently in a “secret location,” and U.S. lawmakers are having to jump through hoops to go there and read it.

This is highly abnormal.  It’s not how things work.  It’s strange enough that such a putatively momentous deal is being withheld from the public, but making it all but unavailable to members of Congress is even that much odder.

Here is Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):

“Why is it that members of Congress have to go to a super secret location, a cone of silence … to look at the deal?” Ros-Lehtinen asked a panel of nuclear experts.

Ros-Lehtinen described the secret document as “quite eye opening” and wondered why the Obama administration continues to keep it under lock and key.

“It’s a very easy to read document; one doesn’t have to be as expert,” she said, urging other members on the committee to examine the deal.

“If this is such a great deal and so good for peace and diplomacy in our time why is it held in secret?” Ros-Lehtinen asked. “If the administration is proud of it, I think they should highlight it.”

To the question “Have other presidents kept deals like this under such peculiar wraps?” the answer is no.  Regardless of the diplomatic privacy in which sensitive agreements of this kind are often negotiated, the documents reflecting their terms are routinely made available to Congress, the media, and the public.  If a Republican administration were being so secretive, all Washington would be caterwauling in a Greek chorus of righteous rebuke right now.

Each of us can form his own opinion as to why the Obama administration won’t release the document to the public.  But dollars to doughnuts, it’s got something to do with the fact that Obama keeps saying we’re on track to get Iran to slow, dismantle, and reduce her nuclear program, while the Iranians keep saying they have no intention of doing any such thing.

J.E. Dyer’s articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s “contentions,Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard online. She also writes for the new blog Liberty Unyielding.

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11 thoughts on “Expert: Team Obama ‘doesn’t understand’ terms of its own Iran deal”

  1. One might as well expect a Chicago street corner con artist to let the mark peek at the cards during three-card monte.

  2. Before the ‘negotiations’ with Iran began, it was clear that Iran needed three things. First, it needed time to complete its nuclear goals. Second, it needed to re-open the money flow severely diminished by sanctions. Third, it needed to deter the possibility of an attack by Israel.

    It has received time, without conceding any diminution of its nuclear program in substance, structure or direction. While it has agreed to temporarily suspend some minor aspects, it has not agreed to discontinue any aspect and meanwhile it is free to continue to develop technological infrastructure such as delivery systems, warhead designs, guidance and related items necessary to actually deliver a nuke on target.

    It has gained the suspension of sanctions. The money is flowing. That tap cannot be turned off again – certainly not in the time frame necessary to affect Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Countries now free to trade with Iran will not stop doing so if the erratic and enfeebled US should ask them to do so. Russia and China will provide ample cover for this.

    Israel is deterred – Iran has created a phantasmagorical apparition of nuclear engagement with the West (more specifically Obama and Kerry) quite diametrically opposed to its clear statements of intent and national goals. The West has clasped this apparition to its breast and pretended it has substance – that it is real – and thus Israel is left standing alone pointing out that the apparition is just that – a shadow hiding ugly truths the West won’t look at. Israel has no support for unilateral action that would undermine the West’s imagined reality of engagement.

    Iran wins. It is breath-taking.

    1. I entirely agree with your assessment but would add that Iran could not have won without the active cooperation of Barack Obama. That is treason by any other name because he knows not only the stakes but the certain consequences of allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons capability. What is truly breath-taking is the treasonous betrayal of America by an American President.

      As a result, in the future there will be “much wailing and gnashing of teeth”.

      And every American who voted for Obama in 2012 cannot claim ignorance as an excuse, as willful blindness is active denial and thus they are culpable in the future tragedies that await us. Until they acknowledge that willful denial, the sin upon their souls cannot be extirpated. Forgiveness requires remorse and remorse cannot exist without honest self-reflection.

      1. GB – I enjoy your comments but think “Iran could not have won without the active cooperation of Barack Obama” does not capture the whole picture.

        Lots of important players in the US establishment have for some time downplayed Iranian government aggression and sought a rapprochement. Examples include, Amb. Ryan Crocker, the members of the Iraq Study Group, the senior intelligence officials who spun the 2007 NIE on Iran, etc.

        BHO has just enabled those folks..

        1. Good point. Obama could do nothing without political and public support. I do think it to be a case of the chicken or the egg? Those folks enabled BHO as much as he enabled them. But Obama is the ‘focal point’ of leverage.

  3. Nuclear expert Gregory Jones puzzled conclusion that “the administration has negotiated an agreement it does not fully understand” is self-deceit.

    His dismay at an obviously bankrupt agreement and his desire to believe that the administration is actually serious is engendered by his dependence upon the belief that negotiation can ‘somehow’ work with religious fanatics and that Obama and the democrats would not so deeply betray American interests as to be engaged in what amounts to treason.

    This leads him to both express his dismay and simultaneously imply the possibility that somehow Obama is smarter and more clever than anyone else. Thus, “I don’t understand how that can happen.” and “I don’t see how there’s going to be an agreement”.

    As to the secrecy of the document on paper – the actual proto-agreement – being held under lock and key, apparently in a “secret location,” secrecy is always an indicator of fear of exposure and that in turn implies that exposure will bring criticism and render impotent the charade that progress is being made. Obama does not want to be forced to confront Iran. He wants and is actively facilitating the Iranians to be able to present a fait accompli. ‘Oops! It’s too late! They already have it! Oh well, at this point what difference does it make anyway? Forward to a policy of ‘containment’.’ summarizes Obama’s planned response to Iran’s acquiring nuclear weapons capability.

    “Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.” R.A. Heinlein

    Obama and Kerry know full well the stakes, they are both on public record as knowing the stakes and thus this is not accidental or a matter of incompetence, this is intentional. This is a clear dereliction of duty by the commander-in-chief who is being confronted by a ‘clear and present danger’.

    “the region will be far less stable and far more threatened if Iran were to have a nuclear weapon. It will spur a nuclear arms race. It has risks for greater terrorism. It will be destabilizing.”

    “Kerry said the threat extends beyond the possibility that Iran could actually use the weapon on its enemies, specifically Israel. Iran simply having a nuclear weapon would “spur a nuclear arms race” in the region and could be used to support terrorists groups like Hezbollah, he said.” Interview with SecState John Kerry – March 5, 2013

  4. A military conflagration with Iran will occur whether the US is war weary or not.
    Even though the Iranian people (Persians,Iranian Arabs,Sunni Iranian, Shia Iranians,etc.) do not seem to care for their Religious/Military dictators, a military attack led by the US will cause major problems with the general population.
    Total military defeat for Iran will be quick. All out attack: about 100 hours.
    The Leaders that are left alive will take their billions and leave for nice hotels and beaches somewhere.
    Israel and others will suffer retribution, but will decimate their foes.
    It will have to wait until the Kenyan cowardly street man is out of office.
    It will happen at some point. Right or wrong, it will happen.

    1. Once Iran has the bomb, the only scenario where either the US or Israel would attack Iran is if Iran first attacked them with nukes. For the foreseeable future, I judge that possibility to be unlikely in the extreme. My assessment is based upon the rationale that Iran can accomplish so much of its agenda through intimidation and increased terrorism.

      1. Dirty bomb in a back pack or suitcase GB, not on a long range missile. We treat it as a police matter? The FBI does interviews?
        The clock is ticking as it has been for decades. The Iranians will overstep themselves.
        Who is going to weep for the Iranians when their conventional and nuclear capabilities are annihilated?
        The hand wringing at the UN will be entertaining I am sure. I bet Venezuela and Cuba will certainly be in the helpless parade.
        The only short term inducement we should offer the Iranians is this:
        If there is an attack conventional or nuclear anywhere in the world that leads back to you, you will cease to exist. Will assume it is you. You should be spending your time directing your intelligence services to make sure no third party sets you up.
        We will certainly follow up on that scenario and deliver a report to your replacements as they clean up the mess.
        Regards to you.

        1. “Who is going to weep for the Iranians when their conventional and nuclear capabilities are annihilated?”

          Sadly, I haven’t noticed any interested parties lining up for this assignment. It’s more like, “please let’s all whistle past the graveyard”. And what about a few years after the Iranians errect their nuclear umbrella? Will it really matter once nuclear and bio weapons become widely distributed amongst unstable actors?

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