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This is why John Kerry won't call it a treaty

Under the U.S. Constitution, the Senate ratifies all treaties.

So under the instructions of the Imperious Leader, John Kerry and the State Department do a semantic shell game to avoid the law.

Undersecretary of state Wendy Sherman tussled with Senator David Vitter (R-La.) during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as he asked her repeatedly if she thought it appropriate that she – who does not get to vote on the deal – has seen the side agreements, while lawmakers who do get to vote will not.

After declining to answer the question directly, she said, “My opinion is, that it is in the United States’ national security interest for there to be a comprehensive safeguards protocol, and that those protocols remain confidential. That is in our national security interest.”

Sherman also said, “I think that the system that has been put in place that maintains these as confidential documents between the IAEA and the countries with which it operates under the comprehensive safeguards agreement, is appropriate.”

She did not explain why she had herself been able see the documents, given their professed confidentiality.

Golly gee whizzers, you don’t think the Obama administration might be hiding something do you?

I do.

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