White House Photo, Pete Souz
It came to light, overnight, that Iran has a second nuclear enrichment facility that had not been reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency, had not been monitored by the IAEA, and had not been mentioned in any public assessment of Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
The revelation prompted statements of concern from President Obama, French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Brown at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh at which they expressed the urgent need for Iran to come into compliance with United Nations resolutions or face consequences - whatever that means.
All well and good. But in his remarks to the assembled reporters, Obama revealed two things. One, that the United States and other nations have been aware of this facility for two years. And, two, that the facility is large - inconsistent, the president says, with one that is merely designed for peaceful energy needs.
So here are the questions for the leaders of the free world and their predecessors. If you were aware of these facts for two years, why is the world just learning about them now? And why hadn't the IAEA publicly demanded access to this facility over the past two years?
God forbid Iran develops a nuclear weapon and either directly or through its terrorist surrogates launches attacks on Israel or any other nation. The government and UN officials who were aware of their obvious aspirations and - not only did nothing about them - but were culpable through their silent cover up will have blood on their hands.