What if you tell your kid to clean up her room but then add that you'll let her be the judge of the results, too? You won't even take a peek inside the room–you're willing to accept whatever Precious tells you.
This is alarmingly similar to what the U.N. reportedly has told the Iranians about one of the main Iranian sites associated with their nuclear program–just inspect it yourself, mullahs, and let us know what you find, okay?
This scoop from the Associated Press is almost unbelievable:
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.
an 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.
“International inspections should be done by international inspectors. Period. The standard of ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections – so critical to a viable agreement – has dropped to ‘when Iran wants, where Iran wants, on Iran’s terms,’” said U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce in a reaction typical of opponents of the broader deal.
The newly disclosed side agreement, for an investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, is linked to persistent allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear-limits deal.
Evidence of the inspections concession, as outlined in the document, is sure to increase pressure from U.S. congressional opponents before a Senate vote of disapproval on the overall agreement in early September. . . .
The agreement in question diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied — trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Olli Heinonen, who was in charge of the Iran probe as deputy IAEA director general from 2005 to 2010, said he could think of no similar concession with any other country.
It is interesting that the reporter frames the story in terms of Republicans reacting to this development rather than in terms of what the development means. Still, to the credit of the reporter and AP, they got this very significant scoop.
What it boils down to is that, whatever gloss the administration puts on it, Iran will not let inspectors in to look at the Parchin site. This is so brazen on the part of the Iranians that they must have been confident that the American negotiators were so eager to get something that could be called "a deal" that they would concede absolutely anything. You'd think the drip drip drip of revelations about the deal would kill it.
But don't count on it. Yes, there is talk that the White House just may not have enough votes to sustain a veto of the deal. But Ed Morrissey says it is likely that Democrats will find reasons to go with the President and Secretary of State John Kerry, calculating that, if the deal is as disastrous as many believe it will be, Obama and Kerry, not the people who voted for it, will be bear the brunt of history's blame.
No wonder people love Washington.
Hat tip: Hotair