Monday, June 11, 2018

Obama Lied About the Iran Deal

From columnist Marc A. Thiessen in the Washington Post: a blow by blow account of how the Obama Administration allowed Iran access to international financial markets, contradicting terms of the deal, and then lied about it to Congress. You can read the blow-by-blow, but here is the summary:
In other words, the Obama administration: (1) told Congress it would not allow Iran access to U.S. financial institutions; (2) issued a special license allowing Iran to do exactly that; (3) unsuccessfully pressured U.S. banks to help Iran; (4) lied to Congress and the American people about what it had done; (5) admitted in internal emails that these efforts “exceeded” U.S. obligations under the nuclear deal; (6) sent officials, including bank regulators, around the world to urge foreign financial institutions to do business with Iran; and (7) promised that they would get nothing more than a slap on the wrist for violating U.S. sanctions.
But even before this:
First, President Barack Obama failed to disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals on inspections when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol Hill. (They were only uncovered by chance when then-Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) learned about them during a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna.) Then, we learned that the Obama administration had secretly sent a plane to Tehran loaded with $400 million in Swiss francs, euros and other currencies on the same day Iran released four American hostages, which was followed by two more secret flights carrying another $1.3 billion in cash.
The fundamental problem here, aside from the fact that liberal Democrats like Obama take a tolerant attitude toward America’s enemies, is they desire to get an “agreement” that can be touted as “fixing the problem” and draw plaudits from the goody-two-shoes internationalists.

Obama’s Paris Climate Accord is a classic example.

Let’s hope that Trump doesn’t get subverted by the same mentality in dealing with Little Rocket Man.

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