Yesterday the Washington Free Beacon
reported that that the Obama administration is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent a veto override when Congress votes on the Iran deal.
This morning, CNN hosted a veritable White House press conference about the subject. Former State Department Iran negotiator Hillary Mann Leverett and Obama shill and Haaretz contributor Peter Beinart were anchor Chris Cuomo's entire panel.
One point that Beinart made that deserves examination is his assertion that “Iranian dissidents want this deal to go through,” on the theory that opening up Iran will lessen the regime’s human rights abuses.
He’s made the same argument here
, and we're likely to hear it again in the coming weeks.
It's worth asking, then, whether the human rights situation in Iran stands to improve.
To begin with, Beinart is being disingenuous when he says that dissidents support the deal. Eli Lake documented
in 2013 that, while some support it, many others do not.