The Iranian ‘deal’: A crock in waiting |

The Iranian ‘deal’: A crock in waiting

Details matter, President Barack Obama said early Tuesday, announcing a deal with Iran to, supposedly, stunt its nuclear weapons program. That must be why the president omitted some of the most important details that render this “accomplishment” the rank appeasement it is.

The agreement “is not built on trust, it is built on verification,” the president insisted. But that’s where the devil — or in this case, the ayatollah — is in the details. For key provisions of the inspection regimen redefine “ineffectual.”

Read past the technical prohibitions and you’ll learn that United Nations inspectors are allowed to only press for visits to Iranian military sites. Iran can refuse. And then there’s a protracted appeals process giving Tehran all the cover it needs to hide illicit activity. It’s pretty much the same deal for International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors.

As John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a regular Trib columnist, told us Tuesday, “This deal is an American Munich. Barack Obama is trying to appease the mullahs in Tehran by making one concession after another.

“The result will be not just a nuclear Iran but half a dozen nuclear weapons states in the world’s most volatile and dangerous region,” Mr. Bolton warned.

Winston Churchill once said that an “appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” It’s only a matter of time before the Iranian crocodile strikes at its perpetually appeasing U.S. benefactor.

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