White House admits lying to Congress and America on Iran deal

Barack Obama,

Since announcing the nuclear weapons deal with Iran, we’ve documented numerous instances where Obama blatantly and callously lied about the substance of the deal in communications to Congress and the American people (see, for instance, here|here|here).

In the past three days other developments have taken place that demonstrate the extent to which Obama has lied about what the deal says.

The Iranian Defense Minister has said that the agreement does not allow inspection of nuclear facilities on military installations.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan categorically rejected as a “lie” a Guardian report alleging that Tehran has granted access to its military facilities under the recent framework agreement with the world powers.

“No such agreement has been made; principally speaking, visit to military centers is among our redlines and no such visit will be accepted,” Gen. Dehqan stressed on Wednesday, rejecting “the report by foreign media outlets, such as the Guardian” as “untruthful allegations”.

This calls into question exactly which facilities will be inspected and how undeclared facilities will be uncovered. It is worth keeping in mind that this has been Iran’s position from the beginning.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini has said that Obama’s fact sheet is not what Iran agreed to:

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday he neither backed nor rejected an interim accord with six world powers on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program but demanded all sanctions be lifted immediately once a final agreement was concluded.

He added in a televised speech that the details of the accord would be decisive, and the publication of a US fact sheet showing terms that were at variance with the Iranian view of the agreement showed “devilish” US intentions.

“I neither support nor oppose it,” he said. “Everything is in the details; it may be that the deceptive other side wants to restrict us in the details.”

And now the White House has admitted that it has embellished the terms of the agreement:

American officials acknowledge that they did not inform the Iranians in advance of all the “parameters” the United States would make public in an effort to lock in progress made so far, as well as to strengthen the White House’s case against any move by members of Congress to impose more sanctions against Iran.

“We talked to them and told them that we would have to say some things,” said a senior administration official who could not be identified under the protocol for briefing reporters. “We didn’t show them the paper. We didn’t show them the whole list.”

This is stunning in its duplicity. Not only is Obama keeping Congress in the dark about the negotiations but it is deliberately lying to Congress as it pushes to finalize the agreement.