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Number of Iran's Centrifuges Skyrocketed on Obama's Watch

Number of Iran's Centrifuges Skyrocketed on Obama's Watch

Despite the fact emerging that the number of Iran’s centrifuges exploded on Barack Obama’s watch, Secretary of State John Kerry has laid out the two-step Obama plan for selling the nuclear deal with Iran to the public. First, assert that the number of centrifuges Iran possesses forced the P5+1 nations to cede Iran the right to enrich uranium, even though there have been many U.N. Security Council resolutions declaring the Iran’s enrichment illegal. Second, assert that the vast growth of centrifuges is George W. Bush’s fault for not accepting a 2003 deal with Iran.

On November 24, Kerry told a news conference, “In 2003, when the Iranians made an offer to the former administration with respect to their nuclear program, there were 164 centrifuges. That offer was not taken. Subsequently, sanctions came in, and today there are 19,000 centrifuges and growing.”

One problem for the ever-truthful Kerry: Fox News reports that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , the Arms Control Association, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Federation of American Scientists  all agree that most of the centrifuges built by Iran occurred during the Obama Administration. In late 2007 Iran had roughly 3,000 centrifuges. Reasonable assumptions would place the number of centrifuges Iran could build in the waning era of Bush’s presidency at slightly less than double that number, placing the total at about 5,000.

That means of the 19,000 centrifuges Iran possesses, almost 75% of them were installed during the Barack Obama era. Experts say that 10,000 of them are already enriching uranium to low levels.

But don’t lay the blame for any of this on the Obama Administration, according to Truth-Teller-About-Vietnam Kerry. He told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos:

In 2003, Iran made an offer to the Bush administration that they would, in fact, do major things with respect to their program. They had 164 centrifuges. Nobody took that [deal] — nothing has happened. Therefore, here we are in 2013 — they have 19,000 centrifuges and they’re closer to a weapon. You cannot sit there and pretend that you’re just going to get the thing you want while they continue to move towards the program that

Kerry plans to testify before a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Dec. 10, the same committee to which he lied about Vietnam in 1971.  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki wouldn’t confirm exactly how many centrifuges were installed on Barack Obama’s watch, saying, “We have not questioned the fact that Iran has made progress on enrichment and on developing a nuclear weapon.  That’s one of the reasons why we stepped up sanctions over the past couple of years. I think what we’re focused on at this point is the fact that we’re now at a point where we are halting and rolling back the progress of their program and we’re working towards a comprehensive agreement to bring an end to it.”

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