President Barack Obama insists that the inspection régime agreed by Iran is
the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history.
After the 1991 invasion of Iraq to liberate occupied Kuwait, an inspection régime was set up. The inspectors entering and operating in Iraq could
go anywhere, anytime, with any equipment. They could seize documents, interview people, operate aircraft for transportation (and with sensors), and, basically anything else the Chairman of UNSCOM (the special Iraq WMD inspection team) and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency decided was necessary.
Of course, it didn’t work out that way, which emphasizes my point: the inspection régime agreed by Iran doesn’t even begin to start to approach that level. The inspections are notice-only, they’re allowed only for specific sites, only preselected personnel may be interviewed…. The whole thing is allowed to be carefully choreographed, and not by the inspectors, but by the inspectees.
Of course, Obama knows this, as do his Democratic Party henchmen—you know the ones: those who aren’t on board with giving the Senate and the House veto-proof majorities in the Corker-Menendez bill requiring Congressional approval of any nuclear deal with Iran.
Remember this in the fall of 2016. And in the Democratic primaries, if you’re so inclined.