The Obama Administration Has Become Iran’s Attorney

posted at 6:31 pm on July 5, 2015 by Jeff Dunetz

Yellow-Cake

Reuters is reporting about the Obama administration taking the Iranian side regarding a long list of violations to the interim Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) agreed to at the beginning of April as well as the United Nations Security Council resolutions by seeking to procure illicit nuclear infrastructure and refusing to cooperate with the IAEA. Despite evidence to the contrary, the Obama administration is denying they ever happened, or labeling them as inconsequential. 

[F]or a month now the U.S. State Department has been defending Iran from suggestions that it was on the verge of violating a requirement to reduce its low-enriched uranium stockpile under a 2013 interim nuclear with major powers… It was not the first time Washington has defended Iran. After the IAEA reported that Iran had begun feeding uranium into a single advanced centrifuge last year, which would be a violation of the 2013 deal, U.S. negotiators said it was apparently a mistake on Iran’s part… A U.N. panel of experts that monitors compliance with Security Council sanctions has repeatedly reported that Iran is suspected of buying equipment linked to the activities it is now negotiating to suspend. But in its annual report in April, the panel said it had received no formal notifications from U.N. member states of Iranian breaches of sanctions, and suggested this may be because countries were trying to avoid damaging nuclear talks.

That most recent and perhaps most serious example of Iran’s cheating was the oxidation violation which was confirmed last week (and still denied by the administration.)   The Iranians were obligated by the JPOA to turn all of their excess uranium gas (UF6), anything over 7,650kg, into dioxide powder (UO2) also known as yellowcake. But the Iranians converted it to a different type of oxide easily converted back to usable uranium.

In the JPOA factsheet the requirement was broadly written as the Iranians having to create “oxide.” But there are different kinds of uranium oxide and this is an area where precision is very important. Therefore the Congressional Research Service reports about the JPOA – which were also posted on the state department’s website – noted that:

“Iran is also to, in effect, freeze its production of enriched uranium hexafluoride containing up to 5% uranium-235 by converting the material to uranium dioxide.”

Once it became news that the Iranians cheated on the conversion, the Obama administration went to work retroactively rewriting the deal on Iran’s behalf.

With great fanfare last week the State Department reported that Iran had complied with that key condition of the interim agreement, significantly reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium – an accurate statement as long as one ignores Iran’s violations. Along with some of the people interviewed by Reuters, a leading non-proliferation think tank is bashing the Administration for trying to sweep the violations under the rug.

At the beginning of this month the NY Times reported that Iran’s “stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations,” partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period.” This made it unlikely that Iran would be able to hit its target of converting its oversupply into yellowcake by the June 30th deadline.

After the State Department hit back at the NY Times report, non-proliferation think tank the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) wrote a position paper explaining why the violation was important to the wonks at Foggy Bottom. It ended the paper with:

The State Department has some explaining to do, publicly. Shooting the messengers is not going to make this issue go away. The deal is too important to all of us.

Following up on the white paper mentioned above, ISIS published a one-page report which describes what the Iranians most likely did instead of meeting their oxidation obligation. ISIS says Iran probably left the uranium in an intermediary, more-easily-reversible form between the gas and the yellowcake they were supposed to produce. It also explains what it means for the final deal that the U.S. is letting Iran “get away” with violations.

When it became clear that Iran could not meet its commitment to convert the LEU into uranium dioxide, the United States revised its criteria for Iran meeting its obligations. In this case, the potential violation refers to Iran not producing the enriched uranium dioxide by the end of the initial six month period of the JPA and again after its first and second extensions. The choosing of a weaker condition that must be met is not a good precedent for interpreting more important provisions in a final deal.

This case poses several other potential problems about the enforcement of a final deal with Iran. The United States accepted an unproven technical method for converting the LEU. Is it doing so now in a final deal? Are the technical methods in the final deal reliable? Iran will need to reduce, by shipping out of Iran or blending down to natural uranium, a much larger amount of roughly 10,000 kilograms of LEU down to a 300 kg cap within a matter of months. The U.S. government handling of the case of the newly produced LEU under the JPA leads to legitimate doubts about how well that major endeavor will go.

On the first of July, the IAEA published a report confirming the Iranians have met the 7,650kg hexafluoride cap but didn’t meet the oxidation requirement. That would put them in violation of the JPOA. But the administration declared it wasn’t a violation because they contend what the Iranians did was above and beyond:

However, the report indicated that only several hundred pounds of the oxide that is the end product had been made. A U.S. official told The Associated Press the rest of the enriched uranium in the pipeline has been transformed into another form of the oxide that would be even more difficult to reconvert into enriched uranium. The official said that technical problems by Iran had slowed the process but the United States was satisfied that Iran had met its commitments to reduce the amount of enriched uranium it has stored.

It seems as if the Obama Administration has “switched sides,” playing the role of Iran’s attorney and explaining away their violations, rather than protecting the country by guaranteeing that Iran follow the JPOA.  As the AP article about the IAEA report reminds readers, it is in the administration’s best interests to ignore or spin away any violations.

“Violations by Iran would complicate the Obama administration’s battle to persuade congressional opponents and other skeptics.”

Even more serious than the administration saying the Iranians cheated but it doesn’t count, is that they are also saying that Iran complied with the JPOA— a legal statement – even though Iran didn’t. It’s the administration that invented the compliance.

When the administration officials go to the Hill to explain the “science” behind the one-year breakout timeline (which they insist they can achieve, despite giving into Iran’s demand to spin thousands of centrifuges because Iran will convert any overages into yellowcake) they will be misstating the truth (lying). The evidence suggests that the Iranians can’t or won’t implement those requirements.

Some may say reports of Iranian violations are just a “neocon” effort to question the administration’s policy of sitting down with Iran, or that they should agree to separating the issues of Iranian state sponsorship of terrorism and holding of American prisoners from the talks. Nonsense. Even those who support the talks must realize that what we are seeing here is that the president is so desperate for a deal that he will wish away Iranian malfeasance and risk a nuclear conflagration that has the potential to kill millions here in the United States and throughout the world.


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The friggin Iranian scum leadership provided tech to Iraq terrorist for more powerful IEDs that could take an M1Abrams out

Of course the leftist scum made it politically impossible for Bush to drop a bomb on their turbans

The leftists are a malignancy in the US

Mr Soames on July 5, 2015 at 6:36 PM

The Obama administration is not acting in the interest of American citizens nor is it acting in the interest of the developed world.

The Obama administration is acting solely in the interest of Barack Obama and the creation of a ‘legacy’ for the “First African-American President”, which the Democrat party must establish, at any cost, or admit that Obama’s presidency was an unmitigated failure.

thatsafactjack on July 5, 2015 at 6:39 PM

To establish the Obama presidency ‘legacy’ the Obama administration and the Democrat party have been willing to give Iran anything the regime demands. Obama and the Democrat party will have that legacy they desperately need to justify both his presidency and the party ideology, at any cost.

John Kerry will be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize based solely on the Iran nuclear negotiations in recognition for his service to the Democrat party and to Obama.

The American people, and the developed world, will be left facing not only a nuclear Iran, but an escalating nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and beyond.

thatsafactjack on July 5, 2015 at 6:44 PM

thatsafactjack on July 5, 2015 at 6:39 PM

They are trying to destroy our country in many of the same ways the ussr imploded though they were trying to win
The collapse of the republic will have all the world commie scum tyrants dividing up our natural resources

Open revolt is not a bad idea

Mr Soames on July 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Maybe there is a more sinister reason for this Iran deal.

What if say a nuke goes off in one of our Cities near the 2016 November election? Would that be enough for the lying sack of monkey puke in the WH to be allowed to stay president indefinitely? I can just hear the words out of Bonehead and Turtle’s mouths.

bgibbs1000 on July 5, 2015 at 6:46 PM

We either have Phuque Ewe In-Your-Face Treason by this Regime, or there is evidence that the Iranians have a demonstrable and believable ability to cause great harm to the US right now.

(Or this is just really bad analysis and reporting for the sake of sensationalizing the mundane – sort of like much of the news we get today anyway.)

Reuben Hick on July 5, 2015 at 6:47 PM

Attorney and lover.

VorDaj on July 5, 2015 at 6:49 PM

This deal is all about dropping the sanctions so ValJar can use her connections to upgrade from the top 1% in wealth to the top .1%.

ConstantineXI on July 5, 2015 at 6:59 PM

OT/what can anybody tell me about websites: politifact.com, addictinginfo.com (recent article was on how much Fox News lies) ,mediamattersforammerica.com, democratmoveon.com Who funds these sites?…I have leftist friends always using these sites to stifle me ‘With Facts’ from them?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM

It seems as if the Obama Administration has “switched sides,” playing the role of Iran’s attorney and explaining away their violations, rather than protecting the country by guaranteeing that Iran follow the JPOA.

Any remaining doubts that Dear Liar is on Iran’s side against the US? Back in the day, it was called “treason” but I guess John Roberts has changed the meaning of that word too.

rbj on July 5, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Swell.

Score a win for ValJar.

WhirledPeas on July 5, 2015 at 7:18 PM

bgibbs1000 on July 5, 2015 at 6:46 PM

A few years ago, I’d have thought that was crazy talk.

Nowadays…

WhirledPeas on July 5, 2015 at 7:22 PM

T R A I T O R S

TX-96 on July 5, 2015 at 7:23 PM

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Go to frontpagemag.com, or is it frontpagemagazine.com, and click on the very well researched link “Discover the Network.” The names of the big players and underwriters, as well as the organizations and fronts that they use for all sorts of topics, are an eye-opener. This is a good reference source.

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2015 at 7:26 PM

JEBH: The link is found at the bottom of the webpage.
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Duh.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 5, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Swell.

Score a win for ValJar.

WhirledPeas on July 5, 2015 at 7:18 PM

The First 24 Seconds says it all.

Mommys Little Darling on July 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Obama has no control over Bibi and what the Israelis will do to Iran if this foolish agreement is signed. I’m sure the breaking point has been reached in Israel.

The Good Doctor on July 5, 2015 at 7:32 PM

And you know what? Courtesy of the anti-American Republicans:

The Republicans along with their masters, the Democrats, in the Senate have already blessed any deal made by Obama with Iran by passing, on a slim margin of 98-1 the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review act, courtesy of Bob Corker (Quisling Traitor) from Tenessee.

Which automatically passes any Iran deal made and forces the Senate to muster 67 votes to stop it.

Yeah. It is not just the Supreme Court who has problems. CRUZ voted for the bill too. As did Paul, Rubio, Lee, and every Democrat, along with every other Republican except for Tom Cotton, who opposed it because he doesn’t want a deal with Iran period.

You need a two thirds majority to pass a treaty not a one third minority. But since the Constitution is just a paper document with words that are interchangeable, courtesy of Justice Roberts, who knows now.

NWConservative on July 5, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Obama hates US so it only stands to reason he is on the other side.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 5, 2015 at 7:55 PM

A few years ago, I’d have thought that was crazy talk.

Nowadays…

WhirledPeas on July 5, 2015 at 7:22 PM

A lot of people thought those of us who called the monkey puke now in the WH a Marxist back in 2008 were crazy also. This country is in far more grave shape than 95% of the population is even aware of.

bgibbs1000 on July 5, 2015 at 8:02 PM

OT/what can anybody tell me about websites: politifact.com, addictinginfo.com (recent article was on how much Fox News lies) ,mediamattersforammerica.com, democratmoveon.com Who funds these sites?…I have leftist friends always using these sites to stifle me ‘With Facts’ from them?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM

This site does a good job of connecting the dots.

http://news.muckety.com/

HumpBot Salvation on July 5, 2015 at 8:03 PM

JEBH: The link is found at the bottom of the webpage.
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Thanks — the site was new to me.

AesopFan on July 5, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Obama always has been and will always be a liar. He’ll get a deal with the Iranians for his legacy or what he thinks will be his legacy. When the Iranians have accomplished the ability to produce working nuclear weapons, that technology will make into the hands of terrorists who will do the work for the Iranian government. Whether it’s proven or not, the Israeli’s will respond with a nuclear exchange. Hundreds of millions of humans in the Middle East will be killed and the area inhabitable for thousands of years. Obama’s legacy will be the killing of more people than Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao, and every other little dictator the world has seen, combined. The question is will Obama go to the grave knowing he killed more people than any other person in history.

TulsAmerican on July 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Consider that Obama considers the US a racist country, and millions agree with him. The evidence cited is typically the plight of blacks compared to the rest of the country. But that doesn’t show causation, only correlation, and we know correlation doesn’t prove causation.

So as Obama calls the US a racist country without proof beyond “correlation is causation”, one wonders why he believes the US is a racist country. A possible reason is he’s projecting his own feelings onto others. Perhaps he’s ashamed of his dark skin, and looks down on that, and projects that onto whites, who then suppose they look down on him for that reason. Or, that he’s racist against whites, so figures whites must be racist again him. Something to explain why does Obama, an otherwise apparently intelligent person, have race on the brain.

My point is, has anyone considered Obama supports those countries where the skin color of the inhabitants is most like his own? Iran, Cuba, Palestinians. The Arab world. Muslims. Not cultivating our special relationship with England, or France.

All the time Obama pointing his finger at whites in the US as having race prejudice — is Obama the one who really harbors the race prejudice?

LashRambo on July 5, 2015 at 8:20 PM

TX-96 on July 5, 2015 at 7:23 PM

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Go to frontpagemag.com, or is it frontpagemagazine.com, and click on the very well researched link “Discover the Network.” The names of the big players and underwriters, as well as the organizations and fronts that they use for all sorts of topics, are an eye-opener. This is a good reference source.

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2015 at 7:26 PM

JEBH: The link is found at the bottom of the webpage.
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2015 at 7:28 PM

This site does a good job of connecting the dots.

http://news.muckety.com/

HumpBot Salvation on July 5, 2015 at 8:03 PM

…THANK YOU so MUCH!…I’ve been looking all afternoon!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 5, 2015 at 8:35 PM

The question is will Obama go to the grave knowing he killed more people than any other person in history.

TulsAmerican on July 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Nope. According to obola it’s never his fault.

wifarmboy on July 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM

Legacy shmegacy. I’m going to be laughing my ass off when after all of this dancing around by Obama, like Khameni’s little puppet, Iran unveils it’s nuclear arsenal during Obama’s last month in the white house.

Obama thinks he’s slick, thinks he’s playing America to get his legacy. When in reality he’s the one getting played at the expense of the rest of the world.

His legacy will live on for generations alright. Just maybe not the legacy he’d like.

Oxymoron on July 5, 2015 at 8:45 PM

All the time Obama pointing his finger at whites in the US as having race prejudice — is Obama the one who really harbors the race prejudice?

LashRambo on July 5, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Barack Soebarkah definitely seems to hate America, whites and Christians. What scares me is that there are so many delusional people willingly follow the man without considering the moral, social and economic consequences.

ROCnPhilly on July 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Switched sides? Nope. Just becoming evident even to some in the news media where he’s always stood – against this formerly great country of ours. And just as Adolf did, he was clear ahead of time in saying that he wanted to fundamentally transform the USA. I’d like to see him and his bunch of traitors fundamentally transformed into “guests” of the penal system. Preferably somewhere where inmates turn big rocks into little ones. Give ’em to Sheriff Joe!

IrishEyes on July 5, 2015 at 10:10 PM

“Switched sides? Nope.”

This. BO was never on the side of the USA. Not once in his whole life.

FOAF on July 5, 2015 at 10:46 PM

In the era of the strong executive – which is more like a long and uninterrupted journey from Jackson to Lincoln to Wilson to FDR to LBJ to GWB to Obama – it becomes ever clearer that elections do matter a lot.

There is little that can be done in foreign affairs to stop blunders or intentional bad acts that don’t require special funding. But it is essential that the deterioration of the world situation under Obama be owned by his supporters. Russia, China, Libya, ISIS, and Iran are all his babies. Don’t let them squirm away from responsibility like he does.

Adjoran on July 5, 2015 at 11:14 PM

We’re so screwed

cmsinaz on July 6, 2015 at 5:44 AM

Do we still have a Congress?

albill on July 6, 2015 at 7:24 AM

Obama wants Iran to have nuclear weapons.

Obama is the Anti-Christ.

Younggod on July 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Does this count as part of

…his insanely long list of accomplishments…

everdiso on June 30, 2015 at 4:34 PM

?

he is better than we deserve

nonpartisan on June 27, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Speak for yourself. Maybe you deserve to get nuked by the Iranians…

GrumpyOldFart on July 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

They paid for his election, twice.
Now it is time to pay back his Persian overlords.

esblowfeld on July 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM