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WP: Kerry Falsely Claims Bush Offered Iran A Better Deal

Kerry has gone so over the top with his claims about the Iran deal that even one of the administration’s foremost mouthpieces has to call him out.

From the so-called fact-checker at the Washington Post:

Kerry’s claim that Bush offered Iran ‘way beyond’ what Obama negotiated

"Kerry’s claim that Bush offered Iran ‘way beyond’ what Obama negotiated

By Glenn Kessler | August 13, 2015

“Folks, that is way beyond what we offered, way beyond.” – Secretary of State John F. Kerry, interview at Thomson Reuters headquarters, Aug. 11, 2015. — In making the case for the international deal with Iran to restrain its nuclear ambitions, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has pointed to “a proposal” made in a letter on June 17, 2008, by six foreign ministers, including then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as offering the Islamic republic an agreement that exceeded what the administration agreed to in its deal.

In the interview at Reuters, Kerry ticked off a series of elements, including recognizing Iran’s right to nuclear energy, providing “technical and financial assistance for peaceful nuclear energy,” legally binding fuel supply guarantees, improving relations with Iran and support for Iran “playing an important and constructive role in international affairs,” as well possible economic incentives. As Kerry put it, “Folks, this is way beyond what we offered, way beyond.” …

The Facts

… The five permanent members of the Security Council (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia and China), working with Germany and the European Union, had pushed through three U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran, in an effort to prod it to the negotiating table. Those were the sticks. But the “carrots” were the elements that might be on the table if Iran actually started negotiations.

[And] the bottom line was always that before any dialogue could start, Iran needed to first suspend its enrichment of uranium — a route to a nuclear weapon — in accordance with the U.N. Security Council resolutions… Indeed, former Bush administration officials say, the administration had a strict policy of demanding zero enrichment capability in Iran — “zero centrifuges spinning” was the mantra — and had never backed off it, publicly or privately. As Bush said at a news conference the day before the June letter was released: “You don’t need to enrich to have civilian nuclear power.” …

And, as we have previously noted, John Kerry told Iran as early as 2007 that Iran had a right to enrich uranium on their soil.

The Pinocchio Test

Kerry is significantly mischaracterizing the position of the Bush administration in 2008… Instead, the letter was an effort to set the parameters of possible discussions — which never took place. The Bush administration was certainly interested in negotiations – but it wanted Iran to suspend enrichment first and then give up its capacity to enrich in exchange for participating in an international fuel bank. The Obama administration may have a valid case for the Iran deal. But it should not reinvent diplomatic history.

We wavered between Three and Four Pinocchios, but ultimately settled on Three…

So, despite the fact that Kerry has been caught in another blatant and outrageous lie, the WP’s fact checker only gives him three Pinocchios out of four. How typical.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 13th, 2015. Comments are currently closed.

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