As Obama pushes a deal with Iran that he refuses to call a Treaty because a Treaty has to be ratified by 67 votes in the Senate this came out two days ago.
Once again we find out that Obama has been lying, and this time it’s about Iran. More specifically, it’s about Iran’s break-out time to a nuclear weapon. According to the Energy Secretary (via Bloomberg View), the U.S. has believed for years that Iran’s breakout time for a nuke was only roughly three months:
Speaking to reporters and editors at our Washington bureau on Monday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz acknowledged that the U.S. has assessed for several years that Iran has been two to three months away from producing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. When asked how long the administration has held this assessment, Moniz said: “Oh quite some time.” He added: “They are now, they are right now spinning, I mean enriching with 9,400 centrifuges out of their roughly 19,000. Plus all the . . . . R&D work. If you put that together it’s very, very little time to go forward. That’s the 2-3 months.”
But that was considered classified, until recently:
Brian Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, confirmed to me Monday that the two-to-three-month estimate for fissile material was declassified on April 1.
Because it’s been classified, Obama’s been able to run around saying the breakout time was whatever he wanted it to be, and he did just that:
Back in 2013, when Congress was weighing new sanctions on Iran and Obama was pushing for more diplomacy, his interest was in tamping down that sense of urgency. On the eve of a visit to Israel, Obama told Israel’s Channel Two, “Right now, we think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close.”
On Oct. 5 of that year, Obama contrasted the U.S. view of an Iranian breakout with that of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who at the time said Iran was only six months away from nuclear capability. Obama told the Associated Press, “Our assessment continues to be a year or more away. And in fact, actually, our estimate is probably more conservative than the estimates of Israeli intelligence services.”
So why did Obama declassify it? Because his agenda changed. Now he needs to argue the urgency of his deal with Iran, and what’s more urgent than a two to three month breakout time?
Today Obama emphasizes that Iran is only two to three months away from acquiring enough fuel for a bomb, creating a sense of urgency for his Iran agreement.
So even when our liar-in-chief is telling the truth, it’s only for his twisted purpose of allowing Iran to get nukes.