In “Kerried away” I took a look at the falsehoods and stretcher with which John Kerry has sought to peddle the “Joint Plan of Action with Iran.” If (big if) prevention of Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons is the goal of the agreement, the agreement is, to borrow the applicable formula from Woody Allen, a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.
One of Kerry’s stretchers reveals the animus underlying the agreement. Kerry made it in Geneva when he announced the agreement and again the following day with Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week gabfest: “Now, the choice people have is, do you want to sit there and argue that you have to dismantle your program before you stopped it and while you’re arguing about this dismantling it, they progress. In 2003, Iran made an offer to the Bush administration that they would, in fact, do major things with respect to their program, they had 164 centrifuges. Nobody took — nothing has happened. Therefore, here we are in 2013, they have 19,000 centrifuges and they’re closer to a weapon.”
The assertion that the Iranians made an offer to the Bush administration in 2003 is a pro-Iranian, anti-American talking point, as I described it in my post (courtesy of AEI’s Danielle Pletka in a conference call with reporters on the agreement). Now comes Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler to assess the veracity of Kerry’s assertion.
Kessler’s column patiently provides the necessary background to arrive at your own conclusion and is well worth the time of anyone trying to understand what is happening to us. It makes a contribution to understanding the disgrace that will travel far with us along our road. Kessler gives Kerry’s assertion three (out of four) Pinnochios.