Another don’t blame Obama blame Bush.
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Before he paused to allow reporters to ask questions about the nuclear deal with Iran that he had just announced in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to anticipate one line of criticism about the accord — that it effectively cedes to the Islamic regime the right to enrich uranium, despite half a dozen U.N. Security Council resolutions declaring the activity illegal. And he moved, preemptively, to address it.
“In 2003, when the Iranians made an offer to the former administration with respect to their nuclear program, there were 164 centrifuges,” Kerry said in a news conference held in the early hours of Nov. 24. “That offer was not taken. Subsequently, sanctions came in, and today there are 19,000 centrifuges and growing.”
In essence, the secretary of State was suggesting the staggering number of centrifuges that Iran now has effectively forced the hand of the P5+1 negotiators at the talks, making the placement of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program the only realistic prospect the negotiators could pursue. Kerry also suggested that had only President George W. Bush done the right thing a decade ago, the United States and its allies in the P5+1 — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — wouldn’t have found themselves in such a precarious negotiating posture.