Actually, the question should be, What else hasn’t the administration been telling us? They apparently were all too aware of the Iranian facility and would have kept mum if not for the revelation by Iran itself:
Per NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, officials say it was U.S. intelligence that learned of the secret plant more than a year ago — before President Obama’s election; Israel also knew about it, too. They most likely would not have gone public if Iran had not discovered that the U.S. was onto them and had it not notified the U.N.’s international inspection agency on Monday. By the way, Mitchell adds, the site is 30 kilometers outside of Qum, Iran’s holy city. That means that any military strike would be very difficult politically, because it would around huge reaction throughout the Muslim world. Also today, watch for Russian and Chinese reaction. Yes, they were notified of our intelligence this week, but their reaction is unknown.
The Washington Post explains:
White House officials said Western intelligence agencies have been tracking the facility for years. Obama said officials from the United States, France and Britain briefed the IAEA in Vienna on Thursday on what they knew about the facility. The three heads of state decided to publicly disclose the existence of the facility after learning that Iran had become aware the site was no longer a secret.
Iran’s report of the facility’s existence—and Obama’s plans to accuse Tehran of hiding it—were first reported Friday by the New York Times.
And so let’s be clear: while Obama was sending love letters to the Iranian regime and doing nothing to support the Iranian uprising, he knew of the secret facility that will be operational within a year? As an informed observer on Capitol Hill remarks, “Apparently, the Iranians forced their hand with the letter earlier in the week to the IAEA—but if Obama knew this for months and did not act with urgency, this is a major debacle.” Yes, it is. At the very least, a complete explanation of what we’ve been doing and what we’ve known is in order.