By Bob Bennett
Obama promised countless times that “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.” When over 5 million Americans lost their insurance policies, many people, this reporter included, called that the most blatant lie in American history.
Now I have to take that back. The president has told an even bigger whopper about the Iran talks.
On November 23, 2014 he told George Stephanopoulos:
“I’m confident that if we reach a deal that is verifiable and assures that Iran does not have breakout capacity, that not only can I persuade Congress, but I can persuade the American people that it’s the right thing to do.”
The next day was the deadline for reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran. At the next day’s meeting, “A new deadline for … Iran’s nuclear talks was set for March 1, 2015… with a deadline for final agreement …on July 1.” —CNN.
Thus, negotiations with Iran will have droned on 4½ years. Congress, increasingly anxious, now wants to impose sanctions if a deal is not made by July. Even that is not meek enough for Obama, who threatens to veto any such effort.
At a presser a week ago, the president enlisted the aid of British PM David Cameron to help calm Congress. Obama declared: “…the international community needs to remain united as we seek a comprehensive diplomatic solution to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
In his January 20th SOTU address, the president said:
“Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran…”
Perhaps you’ve noticed the boldfaced phrases, asserting that we mean to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. One said the goal was to assure Iran does not have “breakout capacity.” Simply put, breakout capacity means: how long it would take to produce enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon.
That, of course, depends upon how many centrifuges are spinning Uranium ore into weapons-grade Uranium. The ore is .7 percent purity; weapons-grade must be 90 percent purity. It would also depend upon how much 20 percent pure Iran has stockpiled.
According to Slate.com, with enough weapons-grade Uranium on hand, there’s still more to do: “Iran would need to convert the UF6 to powder form, fabricate the metallic core of the weapon from the powder,… assemble other components, and finally integrate the weapons package into a delivery vehicle.” The White House estimates this step would take up to a year; some say seven months.
Point being, we’d need to know the total time is long enough for us to be able to stop Iran from assembling a functional nuclear weapon.
Also according to Slate, last June, (seven months ago) “there were 10,000 operational centrifuges, given existing stockpiles of low-enriched uranium, imply an estimated breakout time of two to three months…. the time it takes to produce a deliverable weapon—is closer to a year, maybe longer.”
Subtract the seven months, and that’s not long at all. If Iran keeps moving along, the only alternative would be a military attack on Iran.
Regrettably, the entire planet knows Obama would never order an attack on Iran.
But surely, we don’t have to worry about breakout capacity: the president has told us the goal is a deal which assures that Iran does not have breakout capacity; a deal that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran.
That is the new biggest lie in history.
By now, you’ve heard that Senator Menendez (D-NJ), questioning Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, commented: “the more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.” Here’s what preceded the Senator’s comment:
Menendez: So let me ask you this: isn’t it true that even the deal that you are striving towards –is not to eliminate any Iranian breakout capability, but to constrain the time in which you’ll get the notice of such breakout capability. Is that a fair statement, yes or no? [Emphasis mine.]
Blinken: Yes, it is.
Blinken added that they might need a little more time, also. To achieve this landmark agreement that we’ll get “alarm bells,” and do nothing about it, when we hear them.
There’s more. Caroline Glick has reported that:
“[Israeli TV’s] Channel 2 showed satellite imagery taken by Israel’s Eros-B satellite that was launched last April….showed new missile-related sites that Iran recently constructed just outside Tehran. One facility is a missile launch site, capable of sending a rocket into space or of firing an ICBM.
“On the launch pad was a new 27-meter long missile, never seen before.”
“… the missile is capable of delivering a warhead “far beyond Europe,” the Times of Israel reports. A photo is included, which is eerily similar to those shown to the UN during the Cuban Missile crisis.
Except we don’t have JFK in the Oval Office, this time.
That’s a far more logical reason for Boehner to invite Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, than just to schmooze.
The White House has done much boasting about the Joint Plan of Action signed in November 2013, which limited Iran’s enrichment to only 3.5 percent. But Glick points out that “Sixty percent of the work required to enrich uranium to bomb grade levels of purity is done by enriching it to 3.5%. Since it signed the JPOA, Iran has enriched sufficient quantities of uranium to produce two nuclear bombs.”
The diplomatic triumphs just don’t stop coming. I should point out that we are not dealing with a nation like the USSR, deterred from a first strike by fear of retaliation with our nuclear arsenal. Iran may even want to be annihilated: it could hasten the return of the 12th Imam, and Judgment Day, under their belief system.
Not only that, it would take only one well-placed nuclear device to generate an EMP that could knock out all our electronics, sending us back to the technology of Lincoln’s day.
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.