For a while, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan was a fairly big and commonly mentioned name within the Republican party. He was Mitt Romney’s VP choice in 2012 and someone who many believed was gearing up to run for president in 2016, though that obviously didn’t happen.
But until he replaced John Boehner as House Majority Leader, he had mostly flown under the radar. Even as the current de facto leader of the GOP (he’s third in line for the presidency), he’s largely been overshadowed by the absurdity of the GOP presidential primary.
Make no mistake about it, Paul Ryan is a snake.
It’s clear his main goal is to one day be president. And while I don’t think he’s “dangerous” to the same extent as people like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, he’s still a very scary person to envision running this country. He’s a right-wing radical, a massive hypocrite and an Ayn Rand disciple.
Well, recently he attempted to fear-monger about the Iran Nuclear deal and President Obama, essentially saying that a purchase of “heavy water” was nothing more than the U.S. government subsidizing the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program:
For Tehran, the nuclear agreement is the gift that keeps on giving. This purchase—part of what appears to be the administration’s full-court press to sweeten the deal—will directly subsidize Iran’s nuclear program. It’s yet another unprecedented concession to the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism.
Sounds terrifying, right?
The problem is, Ryan only proved that he’s absolutely clueless about this deal.
Giving this statement a rating of “Mostly False,” Politifact concluded:
There is an element of truth in Ryan’s claim about the $8.6 million transaction. Heavy water, which can be used to make a nuclear weapon, clearly is part of Iran’s nuclear program.
But the fair-market-value purchase, for a material that the U.S. will use in nuclear research, is not a true subsidy. And by reducing Iran’s heavy water stockpile, the purchase helps Iran comply with a nuclear agreement that is aimed at making it harder for the country to develop a nuclear weapon.
Basically, yes, we’re purchasing this “heavy water” from Iran for $8.6 million. However, by doing so, we’re actually helping Iran reduce its stockpile of “heavy water” (which is a requirement of the nuclear deal), which makes it more difficult for the country to create a nuclear weapon.
So, when Republicans like Paul Ryan are out there trying to bash this purchase – something that actually makes it more difficult for Iran to build a nuclear bomb – they’re either lying for the sake of lying or they’re proving how absolutely ignorant they are about the nuclear deal and nuclear weapons in general.
Because the only thing this $8.6 million purchase did was help Iran comply with the deal they agreed to with the Obama administration, reducing the nation’s ability to build a nuclear bomb.
Or let me put it like this: House Majority Leader Paul Ryan – and anybody who agrees with him – is upset because President Obama just made it more difficult for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
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