One has to wonder what is behind President Obama and his closest advisors and all of the other Administration personnel within the Iran negotiations teams that is causing them to take every possible step in avoiding allowing for a straight up or down majority opinion in a nonbinding resolution by Congress. The fact that the agreement being fashioned has been classified as a military arms control agreement which is not required to be ratified as would a treaty; one might be confused as to the difference between a treaty and an arms controls agreement. Apparently the major differences are down to not requiring Congressional approval and are not as binding as would be a treaty thus the enforcement and inspections criteria must be included within the framework of the agreement as well as any punishment or avenues of redress should either party stray from the criteria listed in such a military arms control treaties. Personally, I see these differences as using the invention of a new category which grants certain agreements which would have been included in the general definition of a treaty and thus requiring Congressional ratification, instead are referred to by any word in a thesaurus for treaty which are not separately mentioned in the Constitution are therefore not actually treaties and thus are not required to pass the same tests and standards as the same item if actually referred to as a treaty. So, Secretary of State Kerry and his team are working with the Iranians to set up an agreement, an arms control mutual military arms control scenario defined as anything but a treaty, an itinerary of permissible acts along with forbidden territories placing structurally defined restrictions and limitations upon the Iranian nuclear program with an intent to prevent them from circumventing any provisions of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and becoming a nuclear armed nation, all of this twisting and mangling of words and terminologies simply to not require Congressional approval as would the identical document if the word Agreement were changed to the word treaty. That is parsing things a little fine, wouldn’t you think?
All of this rigmarole and dancing around terminology seems to be a futile attempt to put something in place so that when Iran does declare themselves, either through testing of a nuclear device, simply declaring they have built such a device, or worst case scenario of actually using such a device in an attack upon another nation allowing for President Obama to hold up the United States’ very own copy with actual signatures of a piece of paper and declare that Iran had blindsided the Administration as they have an agreement, accord, understanding, convention, deal, settlement, pact, mutual correspondence, anything but an actual use of the word ‘treaty’ which promised that Iran would not develop any nuclear weaponized devices for ten years and now they went and broke their word, their promise. Then, with tears running down his face, President Obama could sobbingly continue sniffing and puffin between each and every word stuttering while claiming, they promised and were so sincere and President Rouhani shook my hand and his smile was so warm and reassuring and showed his sincerity and he seemed so honest. How could such a betrayal have happened? I am sure there must be an explanation and I will go to any length to get to the bottom of this even if it takes the rest of my time as President, and you can be assured of that. The media will play up how absolutely hurt and taking this as an insult to his person and that President Obama never suspected that the Iranians would be so duplicitous and dishonest and the first he heard of any possibility of this deception was when he, like everybody else, read it in this morning’s Washington Post front page headlines, but be assured that the President is on the case and will find out what went wrong.
Meanwhile, as the President only ever finds out about these items concerning national security and any other contentious issue, allow me to direct his attention to the numerous articles from recent reports that according to the Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the complex, called Lavizan-3 located right outside Tehran and is an enrichments center designed to produce weaponized uranium in secret. The entire enrichment plant is buried deep underground and can only be accessed through an elevator which takes on three stories underground where one then proceeds along a downward sloping corridor and then enters through massive lead-lined vault-like doors into the actual facility which has been designed such that it will not permit any trace elements of radioactive material to be detected from outside the facility. These revelations were unveiled during a Washington D.C. news conference by the NCRI who were also the first to expose the elements of Iran’s covert nuclear program back in 2002. Speaking to Fox News the deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington bureau, Alireza Jafarzadeh stated, “This site must be inspected. There is no way in the world you can assure Tehran is not developing nuclear weapons if you can’t inspect those sites, especially if you are talking about a regime that has over two decades of a track record of lying and cheating and deceiving the whole world.”
The report released by NCRI tells of an expansive enrichment facility consisting of three distinct corridors which house the centrifuge cascades each one separate from the others to minimize any effects of a mishap or sabotage endangering the other two cascades. The entire construction is over one-hundred-fifty and as deep as two-hundred feet below the surface. There was a photograph of the foot thick lead-lined door and noted the factory was soundproofed and steps had been taken to prevent any leakage being detected of the uranium radiation. This report, if verified, would be evidence that Iran has absolutely no intentions to allow their quest for nuclear weapons to be thwarted by a piece of paper full of signatures, even should such paper be signed on the grounds of the White House, in the Oval Office or in Tehran.
We had claimed that Iran likely had other hidden and highly restricted facilities for uranium enrichment and other nuclear weapons facilities mostly placed deep underground and shielded from satellite and other detection methods and accessible only through hidden entrances possibly disguised by placing the entrances within existing structures thus concealing the entrance from any suspicions. It would be as pleasant as it would be dishonest or surprising to claim that this news of a parallel nuclear weapons system was an unexpected revelation. We had been more favoring that Iran would simply refuse to reach a deal and walk away with no limitations on their nuclear weapons program and completely intact. This one enrichment site is probably just the tip of the iceberg and we can expect as time passes for news to surface that Iran has expanded their mining for raw uranium ore from their mines in the northern mountains and that there was suspicious building in that area as well. It might even be possible for the Iranians to conceal an enrichment plant within their mining locations as long as it was sufficiently removed that vibrations from the mining operations would not affect the centrifuges as they are quite delicate and only capable of surviving minor vibrations which might offset their balance. Still, there is very little that we suspect the Iranians to be incapable of accomplishing. Their advances in centrifuge design are a testament to their engineering prowess and their manufacturing abilities. Super-high-speed centrifuges are delicate enough to produce, but their latest centrifuges could be considered to be hyper-high-speed centrifuges as they spin at speeds six times the capable output per centrifuge meaning what with their previous centrifuge cascades they might have required as many as twenty in a single cascade to accomplish what a cascade of three or possibly four of the newest centrifuges, that is a humongous accomplishment in engineering and manufacturing and should be taken by the West as proof the Iranians have the ability, expertise and knowledge necessary to manufacture any form of nuclear device they desire even to include anything from a high-yield thermonuclear device to a low yield EMP producing device and everything in between including weaponized miniature systems every bit as sophisticated of the Western nations’ nuclear devices. Combine these capabilities with the refusal to allow full inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the release by the NCRI of the Lavizan-3 clandestine uranium enrichment construction and its location just outside Tehran and you have the perfect recipe for the secretive, clandestine nuclear weapons device production and a far higher propensity to actually use such a device while continuing to profess their innocence and compliance to the nuclear deal being hammered out in Geneva all while using all means of blocking and postponing inspections indefinitely just as they are currently operating.
I mean they can be such deconstructionist while in the midst of negotiations for future inspection, that displays the total contempt that Iran has for the negotiations and the Western nations because they are allowing Iran all the time it required and then some, sitting at a table in a room of a five star hotel in the mountains overlooking Geneva and enjoying the amenities and scenery while writing everything off on their expense account or paying with a government issued credit card. It’s a rough life to be forced to negotiate in such hardship, where do I sign up for such a position as, after all, I doubt my efforts would be any less effective than those currently taking up the issues pretending that Iran has halted all their ambitions placing their centrifugal cascades in lockdown. The new European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini just announced, “We cannot miss this opportunity. A good deal is at hand if the parties will keep cooperating as they did so far and if we have enough political will from all sides to agree on a good deal and sell it domestically. We have a series of internal domestic political dynamics we have to handle with care.” After referring to “tensions” which exist in the United States Congress, as well as the upcoming Israeli elections and Sunni-Shiite rivalry in the Gulf region she concluded, “A comprehensive agreement would be mutually beneficial for all sides.” Secretary of State John Kerry was cautiously optimistic claiming, “We expect to know soon whether or not Iran is willing to put together an acceptable, verifiable plan.” Secretary of State Kerry also took the opportunity to insult Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu casting doubts over the veracity and his ability to address the Iranian situation, claiming those voicing their opposition to the deal being negotiated with Iran over its nuclear program are “uninformed.” This was probably an oblique reference to the rumored cutting of Israel from the loop including those given current and up to the minute briefings on the discussions at hand. If I may be presumptuous, allow me to comment on Secretary of State Kerry’s comments with a simple question, is your policy of presenting single elements of the preferred text of an agreement before Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and should he balk you simply discard that term and move on to the next? If so, I predict that at the signing ceremony you will end up with everybody signing a blank piece of paper which will include all the accepted restrictions on Iran which Mr. Zarif accepted, nothing, absolutely nothing. Such a deal Iran has for you, Secretary Kerry. But these negotiations have never been about preventing a nuclear armed Iran but instead assisting Iran to obtain nuclear weapons arsenal under the disguise of nuclear negotiations. This has probably been your assignment from the Oval Office and the Presidential Teleprompter in Chief, also known as President Barack Obama, Ditherer in Chief.
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