The United States promised it would get “anytime, anywhere” inspections in Iran. It didn’t. Now the United States says that it never wanted such a thing in the first place.
Appearing on CNN Tuesday evening, White House national security spokesman Ben Rhodes was wondering what exactly this “anytime anywhere” business was all about.
We never sought in this negotiation the capacity for so-called anytime, anywhere, where you can basically go anywhere in the country, look at whatever you wanted to do, even if it had nothing to do with the nuclear program
Well, as the Weekly Standards points out, Rhodes himself said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper in April that such access was sought:
Well, Jake, first of all, under this deal, you will have anywhere, anytime, 24/7 access as it relates to the nuclear facilities that Iran has.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the same thing in an interview published April 20 by Bloomberg.
Nuclear inspectors will need unfettered access in Iran as part of a deal to lift economic sanctions, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said a day after an Iranian general said military sites must be off limits.
“We expect to have anywhere, anytime access,” Moniz, a nuclear physicist who negotiated the technical details of a framework nuclear accord, said Monday in a meeting with editors and reporters at Bloomberg’s Washington office.
What’s more, Rhodes is misleading about the process for procuring access to sites Iran wants to keep us out of, saying we and “our European allies” can fix the problem. Well, “our European allies” include Russia and China, the former not exactly an ally and the latter, last I checked, located in Asia, but whatever. And as the National Review points out, the whole process could give the Iranians some two and a half months to stall and hide whatever they’re doing.