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Thursday, May 10, 2018

No Iran 'deal' with US existed because Iran never signed one, its nuclear activities aren't bound by anything in it. Was set of 'political commitments' Obama desired which could be cancelled by any future president. Iran 'deal' hagiography exemplified weaponization of US intel-media alliance against the American people-Rush Limbaugh

No Islamic Republic of Iran "deal" existed because Iran never signed one. Per Obama administration in 2015, what exists is a set of "political commitments." Among the "commitments" was that US taxpayers would be required to come to Iran's defense if it were attacked by anyone.

May 9, 2018, "A Review of Obama’s Disastrous Iran Deal That Trump Just Saved Us From," Rush Limbaugh

"RUSH: I have spent considerable time detailing and explaining how the Obama administration spied on domestic opponents of the Iran deal...and used a new alliance between intelligence community people and media to advance the mythology and lies about the Iran deal.

And when they saw how easy it was to compromise the media in pushing the phony Iran deal narrative of the Obama administration, that essentially became the trial run for what we are going through now with the intelligence community having an alliance with the media to leak a bunch of absolute drivel about Trump for a year and a half and two years to try to shape public opinion....

Everybody has forgotten...just how rotten this deal was to begin with....The Obama administration virtually lied to the American people about it, and did so with the assistance of the media and the new alliance between the media and the Obama intelligence apparatus....[CIA's Brennan signed as an NBC and MSNBC contributor, 2/2/18; DNI James Clapper was hired by CNN as of August 2017; FBI's James Comey is finishing his book tour.]
 
It does raise a question....Wherever you go, Obama, John Kerry, Hillary — everybody in the Obama administration — is reacting to this Iran deal like they have lost something huge....

It’s almost like there’s something that was personal at stake here that has been taken away from them....More so than usual....

I want to read you a statement Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse. He’s from Nebraska. He issued a statement following the president’s announcement yesterday getting out of the Iran deal.

“The Iran deal has always been terrible. Today is a reminder that if you live by the presidency, you die by the presidency. We ought to be clear about this: Donald Trump isn’t ripping up a treaty; he’s walking away from Barack Obama’s personal pledge. Two-and-a-half years ago, President Obama made a bad deal with Iran without support from Congress, and today President Trump is pulling out of President Obama’s personal commitment, and he doesn’t need Congress’s support to do” it because Congress had nothing to do with authorizing this.

Obama did this personally. Obama never had the votes in the U.S. Congress to get this ratified as a treaty....And that’s the only reason Trump is able to rip it up the way he has. If this had been sanctioned and authorized as a treaty by the United States Senate, Trump could not have done what he did yesterday. The key to remember is that Obama never had the support even of prominent people in his own party.

Chuck Schumer, Steve Israel, a number of liberal Democrats in the House as well as in the Senate were never supportive of this Iran deal. It would have never passed the treaty vote in the Senate. So that’s why Sasse is saying this is nothing more than a personal promise from Obama. But presidents cannot commit the United States to treaty-like positions simply because they do so with their personal word. It’s another instance where Obama didn’t have the votes of the elected representatives of the people to enact what he wanted to enact, so he did it by virtue of executive action and executive order....

I’m telling you, if this had been a treaty and the Senate had ratified it, Trump could not have done what he did yesterday. He would have had to go back to the Senate, had to reverse the process all over. It would have been practically impossible to do because of the number of votes required even to ratify a treaty....

Ben Sasse says, “American foreign policy makes lasting progress when it is led by the President, approved by Congress, and presented honestly to the American people.” This was not presented honestly to the American people. 

The Obama administration lied about the details of this deal, and one of the architects of the deal, Ben Rhodes, ran around and bragged about how easy it was to lie both to the American people and American journalists.

Ben Rhodes from Obama’s national security apparatus made the comment that your average journalist today is 27. They don’t know anything; they believe everything we tell 'em. It was a snap. It was right out of the page of Jonathan Gruber, who was the architect of Obamacare, who after it was signed into law, ran around the country bragging about how easy it was to lie to the American people about it because the American people are essentially ignoramuses. So Obamacare, the Iran deal….

But really, Ben Rhodes running around bragging?...John Podhoretz of the New York Post documented this extensively. We’re gonna go back and revisit this....

The $150 billion that Obama pledged to Iran upon signing of the deal?...One of the things that’s not being commented on in all of this — and it’s understandable when you hear it.

You know who one of Iran’s most important allies is?...Right. Russia. Russia is one of Iran’s biggest allies....Who has been one of the majority players in supplying Iran with nuclear technology for weaponized nukes and nuclear power?...Russia....

The Russians were building a bunch of nuclear reactors and infrastructure for the Iranians. The Iranians weren’t paying for it. The Iranians didn’t have the money for it until Obama gave them the $150 billion, and John Kerry even admitted that a slice of the $150 billion would probably be used to fund terrorism. [1/21/2016, "John Kerry: Some sanctions relief money for Iran will go to terrorism," CNN, Elise Labott]
 
John Kerry, secretary of state, admitted that some of the money we gave Iran would be used to fund terrorism. And they’re trying to tell us that this was a great deal and that pulling out of this deal is gonna put the United States at great risk. We were at great risk in this deal! Do you know, do you remember, this Iran deal that Obama made had a clause requiring us to defend Iran if Iran were attackedincluding if they were attacked by Israel?

Trump has been talking about that since 2015 and this been one of the primary reasons Trump has wanted to pull out of this. Iran took that $150 billion and repaid the Russians for some of the nuclear infrastructure they had been building. Now with the deal over, Iran has no more source of money. And with sanctions being reenacted, reemployed on Iran, it’s gonna be even tougher for the Iranians to continue to do business with the Russians....

RUSH:...That $150 billion from Obama to Iran, it just didn’t go to Russia. John Kerry admitted that some of it would be diverted to jihad....Terrorism. So some of that Obama $150 billion — well, American $150 billion — went to Syria, went to the Taliban. It flowed to Hamas and Hezbollah for the war on Israel. It went to Yemen, where there’s a proxy war going on against Saudi Arabia — which, by the way, is now part of the new Trump alliance with Israel....

So it’s just an absolute outrage what the whole deal was in the first place. And the degree of outrage from these people in the Obama team who’ve now had it yanked away from them. It’s really, really curious. Look, I can understand being upset.
 
Here’s Obama, greatest president ever, first African-American president, believes America needs to be cut down in size. America is the problem in the world in many ways. It’s not the solution. America has been unfair to smaller countries.

So here comes Obama to kind of level the playing field and promote globalism....

These people in the Obama camp that had something to do with this are really taking this hard. They’re taking it so hard, it’s making me curious what they’ve lost here. What did Kerry lose personally in this?...I don’t have the answer, but...I am deeply, deeply curious.

RUSH: This Iran deal, folks, was even less than they were lying to us about it being. Let me explain. I have here a printed page from a website called Human Rights Voices, but it actually reprints something that was sent to then-congressional Representative Mike Pompeo. And it was seen by our buddies at National Review. Now, the date of this is November 24th of 2015. Donald Trump just came down the escalator, you know, six months prior....

November 24th, 2015, headline: State Department: Iran Deal Is Not Legally Binding and Iran Didn’t Sign It....Quote: “President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not ‘legally binding,’ his administration acknowledged in a letter to [then] Representative Mike Pompeo,” Republican from Kansas.

“‘The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)'” that’s what the Iran deal is called “‘is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,’ wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 [2015] letter.” The Obama State Department admitted in a letter to then-Congressman Mike Pompeo that the Obama deal “is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.” The Iranians were not required to sign this. 

Now, “Frifield wrote the letter in response to a letter Pompeo sent Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he observed that the deal the president had submitted to Congress was unsigned and wondered if the administration had given lawmakers the final agreement. Frifield’s response [to Pompeo] emphasizes that Congress did receive the final version of the deal. But by characterizing the JCPOA as a set of ‘political commitments’ rather than a more formal agreement, it is sure to heighten congressional concerns that Iran might violate the deal's terms." 

There isn’t a deal.

Iran can’t violate because they never signed it! Therefore, technically they’re incapable of violating. This is just a set of political documents put forth by Obama, never ratified by the Senate, not signed by the Iranians. Again, I want to read to you from Julia Frifield at the State Department. She’s the assistant secretary for legislative affairs — November 19th, 2015 — in the Obama State Department, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” the Iran deal, “is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document It was the final document....

So Pompeo’s sitting there in Congress; they get this deal....They’re supposed to look at it. Obama wants ’em to sign on to it. Some people go, “Wait a minute. The thing’s not even signed.” State Department: “Yes, that’s true. It’s not a treaty. It’s not an executive agreement.”

It was nothing more than a set of political commitments. This is community organizing in action is basically what this is. Obama spells out some things that he wants to do with Iran, some things he wants to do for Iran. He calls it a “deal” to limit Iran’s…If Iran didn’t sign this, how the hell can they be held accountable in the pursuit of nuclear weapons, nuclear electric grid, nuclear anything? How can they be held accountable when they didn’t even sign it? 

It’s a nothing!

And right there playing along with this is the Drive-By Media....  
There’s even more information from this story. “President Hassan Rouhani discouraged his nation’s parliament from voting on the nuclear deal in order to avoid placing legal burdens on the [Iranian] regime. ‘If the [deal] is sent to (and passed by) parliament, it will create an obligation for the government.

“‘It will mean the president, who has not signed it so far, will have to sign it,’ Rouhani said in August. ‘Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?'”...They didn’t. It’s...a list of political...objectives by Obama that doesn’t even have an Iranian signature....To even call this a deal? So all Trump has done is withdraw whatever commitments Barack Obama personally made to the nation of Iran.

That’s all that has happened here....

It has never been binding, except to the extent that nobody would oppose it! But it’s never had the force of constitutional law behind it! It’s no different than how Obama got away with so much during his presidency. Nobody had the guts to stop him....

They knew that the full wrath of the Drive-By Media would rain down upon them. So Obama had a free rein. That’s the only way this was allowed to happen is nobody had the guts to stop it. Even the Republicans — remember the Corker deal? — tried to make this look legit. The media made it look legit, and that’s the real story of this! How did this even happen?

How does something that is nothing more than one man’s personal policy preferences toward Iran get presented to the American people as a treaty-like, official U.S. policy that has as its No. 1 objective keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon — when, in fact, it does just the opposite? It permits the Iranians getting a nuclear weapon! It commits the United States to defending Iran if they’re ever attacked, even by the Israelis.

And they got $150 billion in cash from Obama and the State Department — well, the Treasury — and this whole thing was presented to the American people as a serious, constitutional treaty that represented an official United States agreement with the government of Iran with several allied nations as signatories (i.e., our European allies). This was nothing but another scam, folks!

And the scam was pulled off by way of an alliance between the Obama intelligence people — that would be the CIA, the DIA, the NSA, all the people that ran these agencies that were Obama acolytes — and the media as willing accomplices in furthering the misconception about this. So first, as a reminder, John Podhoretz, May 5th, 2016, headline: “White House Admits it Played us for Fools to Sell Iran Deal.It begins this way:

“Congratulations, liberals of the Washington press corps and elite organizations: You’re a bunch of suckers. We all know this because the Obama White House just told us so. In an astounding New York Times piece by David Samuels, senior White House officials gleefully confess they use friendly reporters and nonprofits as public relations tools in the selling of President Obama’s foreign policy — and can do it almost at will because these tools are ignorant, will believe what they’re told, will essentially take dictation and are happy to be used just to get the information necessary for a tweet or two.”

Now, Podhoretz, he knows it, but he at this point of the time of this writing is not yet aware of how deep this web of deceit sinks between Obama and the media and all of these nonprofits. He gets a heads-up on it from the piece in the New York Times by David Samuels, and in this piece, White House officials — they can’t contain themselves — confess how they used reporters and nonprofits as PR tools, and they committed how they can do it any time they want because the reporters are a bunch of sycophants.

As you’ll hear, Ben Rhodes — who is Obama’s foreign policy kid at the timewas talking about how easy it was to fool the media. 

They’re just basically a bunch of ignorant 27-year-olds who will do anything to be close to us. “Their greatest triumph, according to Samuels [in the New York Times], was selling a misleading narrative about the nuclear deal with Iran — the parameters of which were set a year before the administration claimed and which had nothing to do with the fact that a supposedly more accommodating government had risen to power.”...

One of the things they used to sell us to the deal was the Iranians had a new government made up of a bunch of moderates — and the new leader, this Rouhani guy? He was a moderate. “We can do a deal with this guy!” John Kerry’s all over the place saying so, Obama is. But they weren’t moderates. There aren’t any moderates that are alive in the Iranian regime.

“The mastermind of the Obama machine is Ben Rhodes, a New Yorker who joined the Obama campaign as a speechwriter in 2007 and has risen to become the most influential foreign-policy hand in the White House. [Ben Rhodes' older brother David Rhodes has been president of CBS News since 2011. As of May 2016, Ben Rhodes' wife Ann Norris worked for the US State Dept.] Rhodes drips with contempt for almost everyone but his boss. He consigns all those who do not share every particular of the Obama-Rhodes foreign-policy perspective to a gelatinous mass called ‘The Blob’ — including, Samuels writes, Hillary Clinton.”...

“Then there are others his assistant Ned Price refers to as ‘force multipliers,’ more senior reporters and pundits who parrot what they’re told. ‘I’ll give them some color,’ Price says, using the journalistic term for juicy bits of inside-baseball detail, ‘and the next thing I know, lots of these guys are in the dot-com publishing space, and have huge Twitter followings, and they’ll be putting this message out on their own,'as though they thought it up, but all they’re doing is repeating what “we” told them.

“A foreign-policy reporter named Laura Rozen, the most credulous conveyor of pro-Iran-deal news last year, is given a specific shout-out by White House digital guru Tanya Somanader. ‘Laura Rozen was my RSS feed,’ Somanader tells Samuels. ‘She would just find everything and retweet it.’ It could only work if water-carriers did the White House’s job for it, and nonprofit water-carriers did their faithful duty.

“‘We created an echo chamber,’ Rhodes tells [the New York Times] about the journalists and think-tankers who were discussing the Iran deal based almost entirely on information given to them by the White House. ‘They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.'” This is exactly what Lee Smith dug up at The Tablet. It is this operation that Podhoretz is writing about....

It is this operation that ended up being the trial run for Obama using the intelligence community to basically write whatever they wanted written about Trump and Russia and collusion. When they found out how easy it was to plant total BS with the media and have them write it without even trying to verify it about the Iranian deal, they figured they had these people in the palm of their hands.

This was the proving ground: 2015, 2016. This was what was in place when it was time to enact the Trump-Russia collusion operation featuring endless leaks from intelligence people to the media — unverified, uncorroborated. The media didn’t check anything, just printed it, and they continue to do those things to this day....
 
And that’s how you ended up thinking that it was a big deal, that it was gonna stop the Iranians from getting nuclear weapons, that the European allies had signed on to it, that the Iranians had signed on to it. It is nothing but a gigantic scam! It worked so well that Ben Rhodes and people in the Obama administration could not stop bragging about how easily it was to execute to the New York Times....

That the media people were so young, so ignorant, so desirous of being close to the administration, they’d print anything. It’s an amazing piece of hubris. This is the kind of thing you would normally never, never admit. But they were so proud of themselves, they could not stop bragging about it — and the New York Times thought they were brilliant too. The New York Times was part of the group that was fooled, but they didn’t care because anything for Obama....

Anything for Obama. Where’d Obama get the $150 billion, by the way? Where’d he get that money if Congress didn’t authorize it?...Where did he get the cash in addition to the $150 billion?...Well, wherever he wanted it to come from, ’cause nobody was gonna stop it. 

RUSH: I have here yet another New York Post story, [citing Politico, 12/18/2017, "The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook," Politico, Josh Meyer, "An ambitious US task force targeting Hezbollah’s billion-dollar criminal enterprise ran headlong into the White House’s desire for a nuclear deal with Iran"] Ruth Brown and Danika Fears. This is December 18th, 2017. Obama Protected Hezbollah Drug Ring to Save Iran Nukes Deal.” Do you remember this? This whole deal was shockingly irresponsible, dangerous, a masterwork of deception....“The Obama administration stymied a sprawling investigation into the terror group Hezbollahand its highly lucrative drug-trafficking networks — to protect the Iran nuclear deal, according to a bombshell report. A team…”

Remember, this is last December [2017]. "A team at the Drug Enforcement Administration had been working for almost a decade to bring down [Hezbollah]’s sophisticated $1 billion-a-year drug ring, which laundered money and smuggled cocaine into the United States, Politico reported.

“But the departments of Justice and Treasury,” that would be the Obama Justice Department and Treasury, “repeatedly undermined agents’ efforts to arrest and prosecute key members of the criminal network — because the Obama White House feared upsetting Tehran ahead of the nuclear agreement, according to Politico. 

All of this is in Politico, and it’s repeated and reported in the New York Post. So everywhere you look at this deal, it was a gigantic deception and a scam — and all it is, is Barack Obama’s personal policy preferences regarding America’s relationship with Iran.

Now we need to find out what made Iran so important to Barack Obama that all of this deceit would be entered into in order to construct a, quote-unquote, “deal” the American people were told would prevent the Iranians from getting a nuclear weapon?...Why was this so important to Obama? We know now why he didn’t submit this for ratification. We know why this was not treated as a treaty....

And what do you think these allies like the U.K. and France and Germany knew? Do you think they knew from the get-go that this was as phony baloney as it is? Or did they think that this is a legitimate deal that the Iranians were gonna sign and abide by? Could they have been that stupid? Could they have been that fooled, as the American people were and as the American Media was?...

I think they knew about it all along because they’re in on whatever this deal is promising to people who want something out of it. And this is why they can’t pull out of it. They’ve gotta act like it’s still important, it’s still relevant....They would look like fools to pull out of this now. ‘Cause they would have to admit everything that I’ve just shared with you about what this is. And they’re not doing that....“This is imperiling the world!

“This has made the world more dangerous. This has made the United States less trustworthy. This has made the United States unreliable.” What an ever-loving crock!"...
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Added: News is no longer obtained with shoe leather:

5/1/18, "Are NBC and CNN Paying Off Top Spies Who Leaked Info With On-Air Jobs?" Tablet, Lee Smith

"News of the News: How the ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ sausage gets made."


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Added: All signers of Obama's very personal Iran pledge were obligated to defend Iran if it were ever attacked. For example, if Israel for its own preservation were forced to attack Iran, the US, France, Germany, UK, Russia, and China would all have to join Iran against Israel:

7/30/2015, "U.S. to defend Iran against Israel?" American Thinker, Dan Calic 

"Section D, titled “Nuclear Safeguards and Security,” item #10 reads as follows: 

"E3/EU+3…are prepared to cooperate with Iran…through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems." 

I may not be the brightest apple in the barrel, but as I understand it, this commits the U.S. and the other signatories (Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) to help defend Iran if any group, organization, or country engage in a cyber attack, or military action against it."...

In addition, there were two secret "side deals":

"We now know there are two secret deals included in the nuclear agreement with Iran. The two “side deals” are between the IAEA and Iran.  When Obama transmitted the text of the Iran deal to Congress, these were noticeably absent.
 
Understandably many members of Congress have expressed concern, to the point of shock about being kept out of the loop on these private agreements. However, what’s worse is that during questioning, when asked about them, Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that the details will not be revealed.  Even more disturbing is his suggestion that no member of the U.S. government is privy to the details....

This means we are to trust a country whose leadership routinely promotes the death of America and the death of Israel."...







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