Not that it matters, or that any scandal will come from it, or that it will derail Obama's Iran nuclear sellout. None of those things will happen. But in a just and sane world, this could have created a proverbial "sticky wicket" for The One.
Of course, in a just and sane world, O would still be a Chicago street hustler organizing race riots, too:
At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that [whether or not there's] Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. “shall…license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.”
In short, this means that foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies will, under certain conditions, be allowed to do business with Iran. The problem is that the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA), signed into law by Barack Obama in August 2012, was explicit in closing the so-called “foreign sub” loophole.
Indeed, ITRA also stipulated, in Section 218, that when it comes to doing business with Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent firms shall in all cases be treated exactly the same as U.S. firms: namely, what is prohibited for U.S. parent firms has to be prohibited for foreign subsidiaries, and what is allowed for foreign subsidiaries has to be allowed for U.S. parent firms.
What’s more, ITRA contains language, in Section 605, requiring that the terms spelled out in Section 218 shall remain in effect until the president of the United States certifies two things to Congress: first, that Iran has been removed from the State Department’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism, and second, that Iran has ceased the pursuit, acquisition, and development of weapons of mass destruction.
The first item was carried out, as hyperlinked above, back in April. Clearly that gesture wasn't just a carrot to get Ali Khamenie's signature on the dotted line. And the second WAS Khamenie's signature on the dotted line, the dotted line itself, and all the nationally suicidal, Armageddon-hastening words that preceded it, because Barack Obama will certify nothing else forevermore, no matter how many nuclear warheads roll off of the mullahs' assembly line.
So you see, the Obama Regime isn't violating the Iran Threat Reduction and Syrian Human Rights Act after all, and they never will, because they'll just continue to lie about Tehran's actions on terrorism and WMDs and global aggression and hegemony, and that comes more naturally to this White House than breathing itself.
And remember: they don't have to "sell" any of this to anybody anymore, if indeed Corker-Menendez didn't render it unnecessary from the beginning.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, Iran's drive towards global Islamic domination warps merrily along:
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC Aerospace Force stated in November that “The IRGC and Hezbollah are a single apparatus jointed together,” and Lebanese Hizballah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem boasted that Iran had provided his organization with missiles that had “pinpoint accuracy” in separate November public remarks. Iran has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in support of Lebanese Hizballah in Lebanon and has trained thousands of its fighters at camps in Iran. These trained fighters have used these skills in direct support of the Asad regime in Syria and, to a lesser extent, in support of operations against ISIS in Iraq. They have also continued to carry out attacks along the Lebanese border with Israel.
The Islamic Empire is also busily rearming Hamas in Gaza as well as arming their West Bank counterparts to the teeth as well. All of which is proof of the mullahs' "peaceful intentions" and their scrupulous compliance with all their agreements with us.
Don't believe it? Then you're a racist.
But then, you already knew that.