The Obama Administration has brokered a deal in Tehran that transparently invites Iran to develop the enriched uranium it needs to develop nuclear weapons. Is it any wonder, then, that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are publicly celebrating the agreement as a victory over the United States? Meanwhile, back in the American capital, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest congratulate themselves; each has proclaimed to the nation that the United States and its Western partners have achieved an historic accord that will prevent Iranian nuclear ambitions from coming to fruition. As they do, the official Iranian press lambastes the White House account as pure fiction and insists that nothing at all has changed in Iran’s nuclear plans. It is not the case that the President, Secretary of State, and White House Press Secretary wear rose colored glasses; rather, they want the public to wear them. They have sold America, Israel, and Europe short in favor of enabling radical Islamists in the Rouhani government to obtain nuclear weapons. Theirs is a dishonorable abandonment of the American cause, one more example of a defeat achieved by self-inflicted wounds.
There are few more dedicated to the goals of the Iranian revolution than those in the Rouhani regime. Their primary objective is to change the balance of power in the Middle East so that they may obliterate Israel and extend radical Islam directed by their agents through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and the other Arab states that have relations with the West. They despise the Americans, who they regard as infidels, and they are quite willing to promise, even in writing, compliance with terms that they intend to violate. That has been Iran’s history in its dealings with the United Nations on the very issue of nuclear proliferation. Iran is a state sponsor of terror and a dedicated foe of the United States and Israel. For Iran, destruction of “infidel” countries like the United States and Israel is part of their governing creed, a daily pronouncement from Iranian leaders, and justifies murder and deception. If you would kill an American, what deters you from lying to him?
The irreducible rule for the savvy negotiator is to know his enemy and to avoid negotiating with him unless he has been rendered prostrate first. The problem with the President and Secretary Kerry is that they have chosen to treat a country intent on our destruction as a wayward ally rather than a dedicated enemy. There is not one basis in fact to support the conclusion that Iran is anything other than a dedicated opponent of the United States and Israel. The Administration has chosen to accept half-hearted promises from a regime that offers little change even if its promises were honored.
The mistake was to negotiate with the current Iranian regime at all. The sanctions were working to reduce the power of that regime. Had they remained in place for several more years, Iran would have been in a better position to accept American demands, but even then we would have done well not to invite “negotiation” or a “give and take” because there is nothing worth giving up to this odious regime intent on destruction of non-Muslim nations and regime change in all moderate Muslim nations. Now, on half-hearted promises of compliance with a deal that will still allow Iran to develop enriched uranium, the President and Secretary Kerry have promised an end to all remaining Western sanctions. In short, nothing will now stand in the way of Iran developing the bomb, because the United States is doing everything it can to make the future bright for one of our most dedicated enemies.
The deal brokered by the Administration cannot succeed. It permits continued development of enriched uranium by the Iranians, calling for a reduction in centrifuges over a decade from 19,000 to 6,100 and for cessation of uranium enrichment at the infamous Fordo facility. In exchange, what remains of the sanctions will be dropped entirely. That long compliance period provides ample cover for Iranian development of a bomb. By calling for slow reduction over a long period of time, the deal facilitates Iranian exploitation, inviting it to cheat here and there and expand its stockpiles of fissile materials. That was the history of Iranian response to United Nations’ demands and inspections. They claimed compliance, promised to allow inspections, then prevented full inspections, then denied non-compliance upon proof of same, and continued all the while to develop enriched uranium. What tangible change enables us to conclude that this regime will deviate one iota from its history of prevarication? In their dealings, they have never been candid; what makes anyone think they will be truthful now? The same people responsible for deceit and withholding of material information in response to the United Nations remain in control of the government and are represented at the bargaining table. The entire Tehran event has been theater with little real substance, beyond Iranian showcasing the United States as a weak and ineffectual power. The sessions leading up to this deal have been a poorly veiled act of Iranian legerdemain. In short, only fools believe the deal genuine and only bigger fools believe that Iranians will abandon their quest for the bomb.
No one in Western governments is so naive as to believe Iran’s ambition anything less than developing a bomb, yet the Administration coddles Iran and has greatly reduced its demands for an end to production of enriched uranium, extending its compliance timetable, and misrepresenting the deal struck as a tough bargain. We are told that if Iran does not comply with the deal, the Administration will be the first to know and will react, but who seriously believes this Administration will react promptly or with force to any violation by Iran? Certainly not the Iranians who consider the Administration a laughing stock that gave away whatever advantage it had at the bargaining table. We have heard rhetoric of serious response from Obama before (the line in the sand for Syria, for example), yet no one, and certainly not the Iranian and Israeli leadership, believe that the United States will use force to stop Iran from developing the bomb.
Watch now over the next several months as bit by bit we learn of deal violations by Iran. The evidence will come to light, the Iranians will deny it, and this Administration will call for a further investigation even when the proof is clear. Israel is making it plain that it will not sit by and allow Iran to develop the bomb. Israel has cut its tether to the United States on this point, doing so the right way (publicly and loudly) and will act unilaterally if necessary. Indeed, Israel knows well that Iran’s repeated statements that Israel must be destroyed will be carried out if Iran has the means.
A nuclear Iran is not an option for Israel. Israel will destroy so much of Iran as is necessary to protect itself. Those actions will not be unwelcome in some parts of the Arab world. Neither Saudi Arabia, Jordan, nor Egypt want a nuclear Iran. They oppose attempts by Iran at achieving regional hegemony and do not want to have to develop a nuclear arsenal of their own as a counterweight to an A-bomb toting radical Iranian state.
In the end, Obama’s deal with Iran has made the United States largely irrelevant in finding a solution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Israel and the moderate Arab state governments now know that they must fill the vacuum left by an Administration unwilling to block Iranian nuclear ambitions. They know that if Iran acquires the bomb, the Obama Administration will likely do nothing to stand in its way, even if Iran causes nuclear weapons to be used in terrorist raids against Israel, or even in Europe.
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nuclear Iran is not an option for Israel. Israel will destroy so much
of Iran as is necessary to protect itself. Those actions will not be
unwelcome in some parts of the Arab world. Neither Saudi Arabia, Jordan,
nor Egypt want a nuclear Iran.