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Cotton And Cruz Are Right: John Kerry Is Lying About The Iran Deal

Proof that Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have it right in opposing Obama’s deal to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons has surfaced from a most unlikely source: French official, Jacques Audibert, the senior diplomatic adviser to President Francois Hollande.

John KerryKerry has been trying to sell the idea that if Congress votes down the deal the world will walk away from the current sanctions regime and Iran will be free to pursue its nuclear weapons program without hindrance.

Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin has filed a report that flatly contradicts Kerry citing Audibert as the source – and he is backed-up by Democratic Rep. Lorretta Sanchez and Republican Mike Turner who met with the French official and received his shocking analysis.

According to Rogin’s interview with both lawmakers, Audibert expressed support for the deal overall, but also directly disputed Kerry’s claim that a Congressional rejection of the Iran deal would result in the worst of all worlds, the collapse of sanctions and Iran racing to the bomb without restrictions.

“He basically said, if Congress votes this down, there will be some saber-rattling and some chaos for a year or two, but in the end nothing will change and Iran will come back to the table to negotiate again that would be to our advantage,” Sanchez told Rogin in an interview. “He thought if the Congress voted it down, that we could get a better deal.”

Rogin reports Turner confronted Kerry with Audibert’s statements during a July 22 closed-door briefing with Kerry and more than 300 House lawmakers. The briefing was classified, but Turner’s questions to Kerry were not.

“Are you surprised Jacques Audibert believes we could have gotten a better deal?” Turner asked Kerry, according to Turner.

“The secretary appeared surprised and had no good answer as to why the national security adviser of France had a completely different position than what the secretary told us the same day,” Turner told Rogin.

Audibert also wasn’t happy with some of the terms of the deal itself, according to Sanchez and Turner. He said he thought it should have been negotiated to last forever, not start to expire in as few as 10 years. He also said he didn’t understand why Iran needed more than 5,000 centrifuges for a peaceful nuclear program. He also expressed concerns about the robustness of the inspections and verification regime under the deal, according to the lawmakers’ interviews with Josh Rogin.

Audibert’s comments reflect much the same position that Senators Cotton and Cruz have staked out, and which the establishment media and Washington’s insider “diplomatic community” have done their best to marginalize.

Cruz hammered the deal’s vast transfer of wealth to the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism. Correctly pointing out that the deal is a catastrophe of appeasement, guaranteed to let Iran develop nuclear weapons and funnel millions of dollars in economic sanctions relief to terror groups. Cruz framed his critique of the deal’s financial terms in an accusation that, through it, the Obama Administration would become the leading “financier of radical Islamic terrorism.” Although Cruz’s remark drew rebukes from Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and President Obama, Cruz is right on the mark in our view.

Tom Cotton has drilled down on a variety of details in the deal and in the process by which it is being presented to Congress, and his questioning of Kerry at a recent Senate hearing was a masterpiece of packing a tight set of devastating questions into a short amount of time.

You can watch the video through this link, it is short and well worth the time.

As HotAir’s Guy Benson summarized Cotton’s questioning of Kerry by observing “The ground Cotton powerfully covers over his seven minutes barely scratches the surface of the Iran deal’s irreparable flaws.”

It is noteworthy in our view that one of the key elements of Cotton’s questioning of Kerry supports quite directly Ted Cruz’s point that the financial terms of the deal will make the Obama Administration the leading “financier of radical Islamic terrorism.”

With Gen. Dempsey’s help, Benson says Cotton demonstrated that Iran is chiefly responsible for providing specialized IEDs to terrorist insurgents in Iraq, who have used the deadly devices to kill hundreds of American soldiers.

Cotton’s point, says Benson, is obvious: This is a regime with a great deal of American blood on its hands and whose leaders still chant “death to America.” This deal rewards those very people with a huge cash injection that can and will be used to promulgate terrorism. The agreement does not require Iran to cease or even diminish its terrorist activities, regional meddling, and human rights abuses.

In response Kerry serves up what Guy Benson calls “a word salad” about pressuring Iran on these other fronts in the future, and notes that American sanctions won’t be lifted against certain American-murdering criminals within the regime. But other Western sanctions are lifted against those individuals as part of the deal to which the Obama administration has agreed. So notes Benson, Kerry’s distinction is meaningless.

The Iranian Islamists have no intention of ending their war with us, and Obama’s plan to pay them to continue it, while giving them the nuclear weapons with which to win it, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy and nothing short of treason.

We urge conservatives to contact their Senators and Representative (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to demand they vote NO on the Iran nuclear weapons deal.

Click this link to read CHQ’s article “Giving Aid And Comfort To The Enemy: The Best Argument Against Obama’s Iran Nuke Deal

Click this link to read Josh Rogin’s “Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal

Click this link to read Guy Benson’s “Tom Cotton dismantles Kerry on Iran deal secrecy, regime’s ongoing terrorism"

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