The Iran deal dirty tricks never end
Last week’s revelation that ex-Ambassador Thomas Pickering pushed the Iran nuke deal while secretly working for Boeing makes you wonder: Were any of the deal’s backers not paid for their support?
Boeing now stands to make $25 billion selling planes to Tehran. That’s a nice return on its investment in Pickering, a respected ex-diplomat who has worked for the aircraft-maker for years.
Pickering played a key role in drumming up support for the nuke deal that made Boeing’s sale possible. But neither he nor the company bothered to disclose their relationship at the time.
Nor was he the only one hawking the deal while secretly being paid by its supporters: A key White House ally, the Ploughshares Fund, also funneled piles of cash to friendly media. NPR, for one, got $100,000 to “report” on negotiations with Iran.
The cash helped feed the “echo chamber” that Obama aide Ben Rhodes cited as key to rallying support for the pact.
And now Team Obama’s fighting a p.r. war to keep the deal alive. Administration officials, for example, admit that uranium particles found at Iran’s Parchin military base likely came from a nuclear-weapons program there.
The particles, unearthed by UN watchdogs last year, are the first physical proof of nuke-building efforts. But Team Obama buried the news of the find and pooh-poohs its significance.
Uranium at the site by itself doesn’t
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