Former CIA Director Woolsey Says Iran Deal is ‘Worse Than Worthless’
Former CIA director James Woolsey who served under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1995, sharply criticized the current nuclear deal set to be announced between Iran and world powers, Israel’s NRG reported on Monday.
His comments were made in an interview with radio talk show host Aaron Klein.
Woolsey said that under the current terms of a deal, Tehran would be granted access to $150 billion of frozen funds which would allow it to considerably further its terrorist activities across the globe as well as its pursuit of nuclear technology.
Woolsey said that the deal “is not restricting terrorism by Iranian-backed entities such as Hamas or … any others, and it is not moving us toward any important restrictions on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.”
According to the former spy chief, neither the negotiations nor any agreement that grows out of them will “substantively … do anything to stop the Iranians from having a nuclear weapon.” He described the deal as worse than worthless.
He also noted that all the goals set by Washington for itself, like preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability, enriching uranium, or allowing for inspectors to enter the country’s nuclear facilities, have not been met.
“All of these are gone,” said Woolsey. “We’ve been negotiating with ourselves. Since the Iranians won’t make any changes in the directions we needed, I guess the administration’s negotiators or the administration itself, decided we would negotiate with ourselves – and we have defeated ourselves. We have conceded to the Iranians virtually all of the major points in the negotiations.”
Woolsey currently serves as the chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank and is a member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Board of Advisers.