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The Iran Deal Actively Helps Iran to Perfect Its Nuclear Program by The Elephant's Child


Omni Ceren writes from The Israel Project, a non-partisan American educational organization dedicated to informing the Media and public conversation about Israel and the Middle East:

The Iran Deal commits the international community to actively helping Iran perfect its nuclear program over the life of the deal. On a political level it means the deal will be seen as accomplishing the exact opposite of what the Obama administration promised Congress. Instead of rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, it will commit the U.S. and its allies to funding and boosting it.  On a policy level it means Iran’s breakout time will be constantly shrinking.

The commitments across the JCPOA obligate a range of global powers:

Russian sponsorship/cooperation on nuclear research at Fordow — The Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) will be converted into a nuclear, physics, and technology centre and international collaboration will be encouraged in agreed areas of research. The Joint Commission will be informed in advance of the specific projects that will be undertaken at Fordow…The transition to stable isotope production of these cascades at FFEP will be conducted in joint partnership between the Russian Federation and Iran on the basis of arrangements to be mutually agreed upon.

European sponsorship of nuclear security, including training against sabotage — E3/EU+3 parties, and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices…Co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage.

International sponsorship/cooperation of Iranian fuel fabrication, which will help Iran complete its mastery of fuel cycle, making Iran’s program harder more opaque and difficult to regulate — The Joint Commission will establish a Technical Working Group with the goal of enabling fuel to be fabricated in Iran while adhering to the agreed stockpile parameters… This Technical Working Group will also, within one year, work to develop objective technical criteria for assessing whether fabricated fuel and its intermediate products can be readily converted to UF6.

This deal does the opposite of rolling back Iran’s nuclear program. It funds, protects, and perfects the nuclear program.


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Are you familiar with the adage that when you sit down at the poker table, if you can’t spot the sucker in the first five minutes, it’s probably you?

Kerry and Obama have been at this table for over a year, and have been told by just about everyone they’re being played for chumps. All they had to do was leave the table. And they chose not to.

In Las Vegas, the term used for rich people who don’t know when to stop is “whale”.

Kerry and Obama have been harpooned. They just don’t know it yet.


Comment by Lon Mead

I never heard of the “whale” term. Unfortunately, it’s the rest of us who will get hit with the EMP attack. I don’t think anyone in the government is allowed to disagree with Obama. Sounded like there were some unpleasant rumblings at the hearings for the new Chief of Staff and Deputy, but I may be imagining that.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

No, you’re not imagining. Obama is looking for those who toe the strict party line, and when it was easy to hide his ideas behind his rhetoric, he had plenty to choose from. Now, people involved with this administration have to look at the results of his policies and ideas and actions with their grown-up glasses, and no amount of talking on Obama’s part will hide any of it (indeed, it frequently hurts), and people involved with a disaster will always look for a way to show that they sounded the warning. Obama isn’t interested in warnings, and doesn’t want disagreement (and pretty much can’t see why you’d disagree with him in the first place).


Comment by Lon Mead

I firmly believe that if Obama were the Captain of the Titanic, he would have forbidden Fleet (the lookout) from saying anything about icebergs, and had Ismay (the owners representative) and Andrews (the builder) set adrift so he wouldn’t have to listen to them tell him the ship was sinking.


Comment by Lon Mead

Pretty powerful analogue.


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