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Wendy Sherman Should Be Fired

Wendy Sherman is Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and the senior U.S. representative in the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran.

She told the U.S. Senate about the Iranians: “We know that deception is part of the DNA.” For that alone, she should be fired. There is absolutely no place for a person who is leading negotiations with Iran to insult the Iranian side and Iran’s people with such a despicable slur, akin to what a Nazi might utter.

But that’s not even the half of it. The Guardian has an article in which it reports:

“Western diplomats have said one of the sticking points to ending 10 years of sanctions is Iran’s argument that its right to enrich uranium should be recognised. The US argues that Iran does not have that right under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.”

I could not believe what I was reading! No right under the treaty?! That treaty explicitly acknowledges such a right. MANY countries have exercised that right and enriched uranium:

“The following countries are known to operate enrichment facilities: Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, the Netherlands, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Belgium, Iran, Italy, and Spain hold an investment interest in the French Eurodif enrichment plant, with Iran’s holding entitling it to 10% of the enriched uranium output. Countries that had enrichment programs in the past include Libya and South Africa, although Libya’s facility was never operational. Australia has developed a laser enrichment process known as SILEX, which it intends to pursue through financial investment in a U.S. commercial venture by General Electric. It has also been claimed that Israel has a uranium enrichment program housed at the Negev Nuclear Research Center site near Dimona.”

In 1968, the U.S. government could read the language in the NPT. It still can. But in 1968, it could still abide by that treaty’s language and even interpret it and proclaim it truthfully. That is no longer the case. Today, we have outright liars like Wendy Sherman who rewrite history blatantly and lie to Congress. They do not deserve even a lowly municipal post, much less the lofty positions of power they occupy. Hillary Clinton appointed her to her current post.

An awful lot of contemptible scoundrels, liars, rascals and opportunists in high positions of government today deserve to be fired or removed from office. Government itself is a rotten edifice, but that does not preclude it from being made even worse when rotten people get a hold of it.

Reprinted from LRC.

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