Ever see a story on a wingnut site, roll your eyes and sigh? This morning while perusing the intrawebz I came across this absolute bit of silliness and did just that.
Rumored Iran Deal Gives Tehran Nukes, Added Influence
Before I bothered to fact-check I was instantly transported to the land of “you have got to be kidding me.” The first word in the title from Investor’s Business Daily is “rumored.”
Investor’s Business Daily, pushing scams and poor advice on unwitting conservatives after luring them with misleading headlines.
Red Flag number two.
Alright, in the interest of being as factual as possible I decided to go ahead and put on my research slippers, grab a cup of blueberry cobbler coffee and debunk some idiocy.
The ridiculous story in IBD claims:
Negotiating away Tehran’s ability to build nuclear weapons might have morphed into authorizing a soon-to-be-nuclear terrorist state to police the Mideast. President Obama’s foreign policy is metastasizing evil.
Wow. Ominous. Still no fact, words like “might have” are a staple of conservative “media.” The article continues:
We already knew that Israel believes the Obama administration “has given the Iranians 80% of what they want” in nuclear negotiations, as reported by Israeli television last week. That leaves Tehran with many thousands of centrifuges and a “breakout capacity” of enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb within months.
Oh…OK…The source is “Israel believes” as reported by Israeli television. Yes, this will be an unsourced rumor all the way to the end. One more paragraph to be sure:
Now the Jerusalem Post reports that European diplomats say the deal between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is for Tehran to keep about 6,500 centrifuges in return for “guaranteeing regional stability” — using Iranian influence to keep Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria in check.
Typically when reporting on something, especially news that would be huge if it were true, you use things like links and sources. Maybe a nice bullet point presentation.
Here, conservative media, let me give you a demonstration:
Conservative propaganda machine preys on the fears of its simpleton base, twists rumor and lies into end of world.
Here’s what’s actually going on. John Kerry met with the Iranian Ambassador in Munich as a part of ongoing negotiations to end crippling sanctions against Iran in exchange for close monitoring of its nuclear program.
The LA Times reported:
The Obama administration has sweetened its offer to Iran in ongoing nuclear negotiations, saying it might accept Tehran operating 4,000 centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300, according to a semiofficial Iranian news agency.
The Mehr news agency also said Monday that Iran and the six world powers seeking to negotiate a nuclear deal remained divided over how much uranium-enrichment capacity the Middle East nation should be allowed to maintain, and how to lift punitive sanctions from its economy.
Where did the 6500 centrifuge number come from? Who knows. Six world powers seek to work together with Iran, Netanyahu disagrees. Conservatives hate Obama. The LA Times story is from October, and no new deals on centrifuges have been reported.
According to Cliff Kupchan, an Iran specialist at the Eurasia Group risk-consulting firm, it would take Iran months to sprint to enough enriched uranium for a weapon with 4000 centrifuges.
In essence, no, Obama didn’t “give Iran the bomb.” There isn’t any deal on table asking Iran to step in and use its influence in the ISIL crisis.
There is, however, a lot of propaganda from the right that says otherwise.
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