The Iranian nuclear deal was supposed to be a big part of Barack Obama’s “legacy.” However, it seems that Iran is determined to prove how useless that deal was, even before Obama leaves office.
The full bankruptcy of Obama’s Iran deal was exposed Tuesday when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (long touted by Democrats as a “moderate”) ordered Iranian physicists to begin developing systems for nuclear powered naval vessels.
Obama, of course, rushed to Iran’s defense, claiming that Iran was innocent of any wrongdoing. White House spokesman Josh Earnest issued a statement reflecting Obama’s views:
“The announcement from the Iranians today does not run counter to the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” – Josh Earnest, White House Spokesman
The State Department even touted the ludicrous line that the International Atomic Energy Agency would ensure compliance with the deal. State department spokesman John Kirby went ahead and blandly stated what appears to be the Obama administration’s view towards most issues: “There’s a lot we don’t know about it, what it means.”
Ignorance hasn’t stopped Obama officials from bragging about how well they deceived the public on the things they did know about, however. Nor has it caused the slightest guilt or qualms from perpetrating Iranian nuclear proliferation in a “deal” conducted without constitutionally mandated Senate approval.
According to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Iran would develop a “nuclear propeller to be used in marine transportation.” What Rouhani did not mention was that to provide fuel for such an engine, Iran would have to enrich uranium to roughly 20% purity, well above the 3.67% purity it is “limited” to by the deal.
Mark Hibbs, senior fellow and nuclear expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, pointed out the reason for Iran’s excuse of marine propellers:
“On the basis of international experience, were Iran to go ahead with such a (nuclear propulsion) project, it would have to increase its enrichment level. That’s the point, because Iran would be looking for a non-weapons rationale to provocatively increase its enrichment level in the case that the deal with the powers comes unstuck.” – Mark Hibbs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The shocking naivete of Obama and his administration on this issue beggars belief. Obama’s continued defense of the Iranian regime, which has threatened war, derided both him and America, and openly flouts his public goal of containment, reads like something out of a psychology paper on Stockholm’s Syndrome.
Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to completely demolish the Iran deal, calling it “the worst in history.” We can only hope he intends to keep that campaign pledge and finally put a halt to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.