The presidential administration that vowed to be the most transparent since the baptism of Nkuwu Nzinga has once again demonstrated that such vows mean nothing to it.
In addition to the secretive manner in which Secretary of State John Kerry conducted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program — in itself secretive — there was also the matter of secret “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
And now, additional side deals, this time between President Barack Obama and the leaders of foreign governments, have also come to light.
Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Mark Kirk have demanded that the Obama administration make public copies of letters from the administration to foreign governments that have already been disclosed to lawmakers.
The letters, penned to officials in China, France, Germany and the U.K., promised that companies that engage in business with Iran will not be penalized, even if Iran violates the terms of the nuclear accord.
The deal will pump $150 billion into Iranian coffers through the lifting of sanctions, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for Obama. He apparently wants to make sure Iran’s economy is further buoyed by international trade.
Someone should tell him that it might be nice if he’d pay that much attention to the U.S. economy.
Some of the money flowing to Iran will likely, by the administration’s own admission, be used to fund radical Islamic terrorism, just as Iran has been doing for decades.
“The documents submitted by the Administration to Congress include non-public letters that you sent to the French, British, German, and Chinese governments on the consequences of sanctions snap-back,” Kirk and Rubio wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry, according to the Washington Free Beacon, which obtained a copy of the letter.
“These letters appear to reassure these foreign governments that their companies may not be impacted if sanctions are re-imposed in response to Iranian violations of the agreement,” they claimed. “While Administration officials have claimed that this is not the case, we think it is important for the American public to be able to read your assurances to foreign governments for themselves as their elected representatives review this deal in the coming weeks.”
In other words, two U.S. senators have demanded that Obama administration officials live up to their promises of transparency to the American people, not to mention stop treasonously propping up a nation that chants “Death to America” at the drop of a hat. Or, you know … a turban. Whatever.
Which would be nice, of course. But we don’t expect them to start now.
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