If you thought that the Iran deal couldn’t possibly get any worse for Americans, it’s probably because you were confident that the public deal, released by the Obama Administration last month, gave the outside boundaries of the deal. Perhaps you were confident that the Obama Administration, which has yet to make much headway on its agenda, despite being only a short 18 months from exiting power, would be loathe to get such a bad deal past Congress, or you had a bizarre and unwavering faith in the International community, which while not entirely opposed to wiping Israel off the map, would be concerned that “more valuable” countries (like the ones that produce the majority of our alcoholic beverages) might find themselves on the receiving end of a pretty nasty nuclear accident.
You can now rest easy, comfortable in the knowledge that wallowing in your own oblivion was a nice vacation from reality. Some of the “secret” side deals between the UN and Iran are now coming to light (attendant to the US deals), and while it was bad enough to trust John Kerry to manage the nuclear oversight program, somehow, in reality, the system is actually worse: because Iran has proven its trustworthiness on a number of issues – including, but not limited to, the return of Members Only jackets – it will be allowed to conduct its own nuclear inspections.
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.”
So, basically, the International community has put Iran on some sort of “honor system,” trusting it to report the details of its nuclear agenda to authorities, and to provide soil samples ostensibly collected from its nuclear sites, to UN investigators, rather than allowing UN investigators to collect those samples themselves. Kind of a sweet deal, if you ask me.
Obviously, these deals were all secret so that people who have a knee-jerk need to support the administration in all its doings would feel confident that they could “trust” the administration at their word and defend them in the public square. The White House has also, erroneously, marketed the deal as the “only” deal possible to prevent war with Iran, something that is facially untrue. There’s no proof that Iran wouldn’t continue on its current course without the present deal (aren’t they supposed to be “just providing nuclear energy for electricity?”), and there’s a mountain of evidence that Iran is openly engaging in wars across the Middle East. Unless they mean “war” the card game, the time for negotiating sweetheart deals with despotic regimes in order to prevent a nuclear hazard in the Middle East has long since passed. Had Americans known they were both selling the farm and dooming others to buy it, they might not have been so excited to have pen on paper.
As for whether Iran would face any repercussions for actually failing their nuclear tests, well, it seems that the Obama Administration thought of that, too. According to the Free Beacon, several US Senators are calling on the Administration to release other secret side deal letters to Iran’s trade partners, noting that while sanctions are supposed to “snap back” into place when Iran fails to abide by the parameters of the deal, Iran’s trade partners can just go ahead and pretend that provision isn’t even there.
This is all going to work out in the end, right? I mean, in a way that preserves Europe and the Middle East in something besides a prison of green glass…