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Dan Gilmore / April 22, 2015

Obama Lied About Iranian Nuclear Breakout Times

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists might want to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock a few minutes closer to midnight because of Barack Obama’s lies over how close Iran is to nuclear breakout. For months, the official talking point of the administration has been that Iran is a year away from placing fissile material in a warhead. But the assessment of U.S. Intelligence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has always been that Iran is months away from becoming a state sponsor of terrorism armed with nukes. Now, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz admitted to Bloomberg News that Iran is spinning nearly 10,000 centrifuges and could reach nuclear breakout in two to three months. Yet even with this knowledge, Obama discouraged Israel from acting militarily and continued to send John Kerry to craft a lousy deal with the Iranians.

It’s not what an American president should have done. Political analyst Charles Krauthammer said, “You apply what you can apply. You continue to sabotage, which clearly helped put them back over these years, and you deploy the credible use of force — if not American, then you let them know that you would approve of an Israeli use of force. Obama has done precisely the opposite. He’s removed all of the incentives Iran has to hold back.”

The U.S. has repositioned ships in the waters off Yemen, partially because Iran is sending a flotilla to supposedly arm Yemeni rebels. Meanwhile, Iranian aircraft are buzzing U.S. naval ships. And all the while, Obama keeps insisting climate change is the gravest threat we face. More…

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