Iran and Traitors

Another day, another lie.

Americans don’t know the full scope of this deal, and the Obama administration hasn’t told them. The deal is still under wraps. Some “key elements” of the agreement are in “an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials,” the Los Angeles Times reports, quoting an Iranian official.

This secrecy, although the Obama administration doesn’t use that word, is frustrating and ridiculous. The deal takes effect Monday. Officials have been ironing out the details for weeks. Both sides are proclaiming victory. After the latest deal was signed, Iran President Hassan Rouhani took to the Twitterverse to taunt the West that “the world powers surrendered to the Iranian nation’s will.”

Enough bluster. Time for a full public airing. Let’s see how the U.S. and its allies plan to make sure Iran sticks to its promises to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Iran claims a nuclear victory over the West

U.S. officials said Sunday that Iran would be allowed to continue existing research and development projects and with pencil-and-paper design work, but not to advance research with new projects. Araqchi, however, implied that the program would have wide latitude.

“No facility will be closed; enrichment will continue, and qualitative and nuclear research will be expanded,” [Iran’s negotiator Abbas Araqchi] said. “All research into a new generation of centrifuges will continue.”

New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says

It’s just remarkable how regularly liberals will breezily call you a traitor these days for disagreeing with them.

Questioning Your Patriotism: How Democrats Started Scaremongering — And Stopped Debating — Iran

And now for a small bit of good news:

Jim Moran is a bad man who kept getting reelected by wide margins because he had a “D” after his name.

Don’t Go Away Mad, Jim Moran. Just Go Away.

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is correct that moving more than 6,000 Defense Department employees from a building right at a Metro subway stop to one just off an already-congested highway is fraught with peril.

But Moran’s proposed fix — keeping DOD in its current lease at Crystal City as long as possible — would also benefit a politically connected developer who recently became his No. 1 source of campaign contributions. Because Moran’s substantive case is strong, there’s no reason to posit corruption or a quid pro quo. But following the money provides an interesting case study in the way Washington works — and how money, access and lobbying are intertwined.

A Washington tale of money, access and lobbying

I Have a Dream

Ozymandias.

Forward! (But You Can’t Fix Stupid)

Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline.

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