After years of negotiation, Europe and America have seemingly accepted the following fact: we must allow Iran to keep most of its nuclear program intact. After lauding the deal as an option that is better than war, President Obama has presented the American people, and the world, with a scenario that only postpones the inevitable result of a nuclear Iran.
Give the negotiators credit: they stuck with a vision that they believed would make the world a safer place, by placing a number of restrictions and limitations on Iran’s nuclear-making capabilities. But the whole deal is subject to limited verification by the IAEA, a castrated arm of the United Nations, which has no power, and which has been constantly fooled by Iran’s nuclear activities.
Despite all the reactions from the Left and Right, the main question remains: Why did President Obama and Europe pursue this deal with Iran?
If you look at the larger, more grandiose picture of the President’s foreign policy, you will see a very interesting revolution taking place: extending a helping hand to America’s enemies. He opened negotiations and has secured a deal with Cuba that will normalize relations by first opening up borders for travel and lifting trade embargoes. He attempted to negotiate the conclusion to the war in the Ukraine with Russia, only to have Putin run circles around him, and prove how ineffective a president Obama is when confronted with a cunning adversary. And when first elected, Obama made a trip to the heart of the Muslim world to tell them that America was willing to throw Israel under the bus for their support. And now Iran.
Do you see a pattern here?
In fact, the legacy Obama wants to leave behind betrays his original declared intentions with Iran. Remember, he had first promised to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program entirely. That did not happen, and, in fact, after ten years, Iran will have the option to go full steam ahead and become a major nuclear power in the Middle East.
Now, if we were talking about Switzerland or Finland, that would not be so much of a world issue. But we are talking about a country that, in truth, is seeking to dominate the entire area through the use of terrorism and military aggression. Obama’s response to this is: We are only focused on nuclear arms deals, and cannot allow ourselves to be deflected by other tawdry matters of international relations in which Iran is involved.
And if the deal was only about nuclear reactors, nuclear facilities, and nuclear bombs, we would have plenty to keep us worried. But here is the rub: As a result of accepting the West’s terms of the treaty, more than $150 billion of sanctions relief will be offered to Iran as a gift.
It is without question that Iran will divert part of this sweepstakes windfall to assisting and promoting its terrorist cohorts throughout the Middle East. Furthermore, despite vocal opposition from certain parts of Congress, the truth is that, at the end of the day, President Obama will have his way, because Congress does not have the power to override him – and they do not want to embarrass him on the national stage.
So, we are looking at a scorpion, and hoping it won’t bite the hand that feeds it. But we should know better. And maybe these two simple details should feed our concerns: First, Iranians are excessively delighted about the terms of the treaty (claiming they got everything they wanted). Second, Russia and China lauded the treaty in stratospherically happy terms, the former country even remarking that we could all now breathe a sigh of relief.
The truth is that when you are dealing with Iran and its mullahs, the only country that can now sigh with delighted relief is Iran itself, as it laughs all the way to the bank.