Masters of Deception: The Iranian Regime
The Iranian regime is like a slick car salesman in many ways, but way more dangerous. They will agree and seem to give you what you want, yet, always find an end-run or workaround that will provide them with what they want.
The West has been trying to negotiate and reduce the ability of the Iranians in obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is something they have been slowly working on for the past 20 years and have cost an estimated $100 billion in expenditures and loss revenue due sanctions, yet, they plod along one step at a time. Thousands of scientists and engineers have been involved in the program and by some accounts have brought the regime very close (or already have) enough enriched uranium to produce a few. Because of the expense and time invested. Iranian concessions have bee small, while concessions by the West for them, have been great.
Originally, Obama wanted to dismantle all of the Iranian nuclear fuel production facilities in exchange for reduced sanctions. Iran refused on many specifics and the West still reduced the sanctions because many countries refused to continue with them for economic reasons. Iran did agree to slowing down the process to enrich, but was still allowed to enrich. This was done by taking or removing the number of centrifuges. But, can this really be verified? Just in the past week, the Supreme Leader Khameni stated that the Iranian nuclear program is unstoppable, so, I guess the best the West can do is slow it down.
In Syria, it has destroyed approximately 80 percent of its chemical weapon arsenal as agreed under the Kerry-Lavrov accord, despite that Assad continues to use lesser chemical weapons all the time. On April 11, Syrian planes dropped a new weapon, made of Chinese-manufactured chlorine gas canisters rigged with explosive detonators, on Kafr Zita near Hama. These new bombs are used at least twice a week on rebel positions and civilians.
The new capability is with the help of Iran. Iran has been buying tons of chlorine from China at $1000 a ton. The canisters also purchased from China have amounted to 10,000. They are delivered by Iranian military transports to Damascus military airfield, where Iranian technicians repackage the chlorine in containers suitable for dropping by aircraft. They are rigged with detonators for explosions to release the chlorine gas on targets.
But the use of chlorine gas was banned from use in 1925 after WW1. Germany used the gas at Ypres. The Syrian agreement only covered 80% of the chemicals and few reports about the used of chlorine gas in Syria have surfaced. Iran and Syria are cheating with complete impunity. There is no doubt that Iran will also find away round even the most stringent nuclear accord it concludes with the world powers, whatever that resembles.
It seems the only thing the West will do is look the other way like an exasperated parent over a teenage son or daughter who refuses to comply with house rules. One can see the day when Iran has a deliverable nuclear weapon.