In an editorial entitled "A Safer World, Thanks to the Iran Deal," The New York Times sings paeans to Obama's "visionary determination," which led to his unsigned nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran:
"This is a moment many thought would never come: Iran has delivered on its commitment under a 2015 agreement with the United States and other major powers to curb or eliminate the most dangerous elements of its nuclear program. The world is now safer for this.
The International Atomic Energy Agency verified on Saturday that Iran has shipped over 8.5 tons of enriched uranium to Russia so Iran can’t use that in bomb-making, disabled more than 12,000 centrifuges and poured concrete into the core of a reactor at Arak designed to produce plutonium."
Oh really? As I noted yesterday, it is less than clear whether concrete was indeed poured into the Arak reactor. In addition, as reported by DEBKAfile in article entitled "Progress of sanctions relief will quicken Iran’s power struggle, spur clash with Saudi Arabia":
"[The] deal provided for the number of centrifuges enriching uranium at the Natanz center to be reduced from 19,500 to 5,050. Our sources report that 9,000 are still in operation.
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There is no confirmation that the number of centrifuges operating at the underground facility of Fordo was cut down to one thousand, as agreed."
The Times editorial continues:
"Still, there are daunting challenges ahead, including ensuring the deal is strictly adhered to, an obligation for the United States, Russia, China and Europe."
A "daunting challenge" and "obligation" for Russia, which is partnering with Iran to keep Bashar al-Assad in power in Syria? Surely the Times is not serious.
The editorial goes on to say:
"Iran’s critics are incensed that in return for complying with the nuclear deal, the country will get access to $100 billion of its money that has been frozen in overseas banks and that lifting sanctions will enable it to integrate into the international economy. The critics fear Iran will use the money to destabilize the region further, but Mr. Rouhani’s greater imperative is to spend the funds on the many social and economic needs of Iranians."
Rouhani will of course act in accordance with his "greater imperative" and spend the $100 billion on "social and economic needs." After all, radical theocracies that hang homosexuals, stone to death women and bomb a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires are certain to act in the same rational humanitarian way as a North American or European democracy . . . not.
Who writes this trash?