Sen. Corker, R-Tehran, says Iran nuclear revelations are ‘nothing new’

· May 1, 2018  
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Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn. Andrew Harrer | Getty Images

The man who made the Iran nuclear deal possible in the Senate, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says the information presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu detailing Iran’s nuclear weapons development is “nothing new” and “not groundbreaking.”

On Monday, Netanyahu presented documents obtained by Israeli intelligence that proved Iran lied to the world about its nuclear program. “The Iran deal, the nuclear deal, is based on lies,” Netanyahu said. But proponents of the deal, which eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for supposedly increased oversight measures and promises, say that the Iranians were known to be lying about their nuclear weapons development at the time the deal was struck under the Obama administration.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, echoed these Iran deal cheerleaders, saying the Obama administration knew of Iran’s lies going into the deal. “We knew of the possible military dimensions of their program up until 2003,” Corker said. “The Obama administration, when they were negotiating the JCPOA, chose not to pursue that issue.”

“But we’ve all known,” he added. “It’s like the biggest known secret out there relative to their previous activities. So this is really not groundbreaking. We’ve known of this for some time.”


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The American people certainly didn’t know that the U.S. officials negotiating this “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” with Iran thought Iran was lying. And if Corker had always known the Iranians were lying about their nuclear program, how can he possibly justify the actions he took to turn the treaty clause of the Constitution on its head and make the Iran deal possible?

Never forget that Bob Corker is the poster boy for the Senate Republicans’ fake fight against the Iran deal. When Obama moved to unilaterally and unconstitutionally adopt the Iran deal, Republicans including Corker declared their opposition to the agreement. But instead of following the Constitution and adopting the Iran deal as a treaty in the Senate, requiring 67 votes to approve and effectively killing the Iran deal, Senate Republicans refused. They wanted to signal opposition for the conservative base while in reality permitting Obama to enact the Iran nuclear deal.

So Corker sponsored a bill that gave Congress a period of 60 days to adopt a resolution of disapproval to cancel the Iran nuclear deal. Republicans could vote to “disapprove” of the JCPOA, knowing that Democrats would filibuster the resolution and prevent Congress from stopping the deal. Instead forcing Obama to follow the Constitution and seek 67 votes to approve his nuclear deal with Iran, Corker led the effort to eviscerate the treaty clause of the U.S. Constitution and force Congress to find 67 votes to cancel the deal.

And now it appears Corker did this knowing that Iran had been negotiating in bad faith, lying about its nuclear weapons development.

So thanks to Corker, economic sanctions on Iran were eased, the Iranians got more money to sponsor terrorists, and the Iranians got to hide their nuclear program while appearing to follow the “deal.” Now when Israel has revealed how the Iranians lied to get this sweet deal, Corker shrugs his shoulders and tells the American people, “Yeah, we knew.”

Absolutely disgraceful. Corker is unfit to serve as a United States senator for his betrayal of the Constitution and his complicity in permitting Iran to continue on the path toward nuclear weapons.

President Trump has an opportunity in a few short days to correct Corker’s mistake and pull the United States out of the nuclear deal. Then it will be time to reimpose sanctions on Iran and support Israeli efforts to cripple the anti-American Islamic regime that threatens world peace with its nuclear ambitions.


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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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