The White House has announced that a nuclear deal has been reached with Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism and the main backers of international Islamic extremist terrorism groups. This is a naive deal that the Obama administration seemed to want to get done more for political reasons and Obama’s legacy rather than the ongoing safety of the United States, Israel and the free world. Officials say that this agreement will lift sanctions on the middle eastern nation in exchange for a curbing of their nuclear program.
To do this, Iran has agreed to reduce its number of centrifuges by 2/3rds, including a ban on enrichment at key facilities. This means a limit on research and development at the infamous Natanz facility. This deal also caps uranium enrichment at 3.67% and limits Iran’s stockpile to 300kg for 15 years.
One of the benefits of this deal to Iran is that it will get $100 billion in funds that are currently locked up outside the nation due to U.S. sanctions and it will spur economic growth in Iran.
Additionally, Iran agreed to ship spent fuel out of the country forever and allow IAEA inspectors access to the facilities in perpetuity. This monitoring of uranium mining and centrifuge activity will last for up to 20 years.
This could potentially push Iran’s timeline for a bomb to over a year, as opposed to only a couple months, and keep them within the confines of peaceful uses of the energy only.
Secretary of State Kerry, President Obama and other international leaders such as UK Prime Minister David Cameron have hailed the deal as ‘historic.’ President Obama went so far as to say that “every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off.”
President Obama, in his comments, just reinforce what a foolhardy President he is.
In Syria, another state sponsor of terrorism, dictator Bashar al-Assad also sent his congratulations on the deal.
Immediately, Israeli officials as well as the Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee came out blasting the deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons,” and that the deal was “a bad mistake of historic proportions.” Netanyahu assured the global community that he will fight the deal’s ratification in the U.S.’s Republican-controlled Congress. Miri Regev, a former spokeswoman for the Israeli military who now serves as a minister in the government went even further saying that the deal gave Iran a “licensee to kill.”
Here in America the outcry from some politicians is just as loud. Representative Devin Nunes Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee was just as pessimistic, saying “I don’t know what information the Obama administration possesses that indicates this deal will actually prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon or will cause the mullahs to reduce their support for worldwide terrorism, but it sure isn’t the same intelligence we’re seeing in the Intelligence Committee… Iran has killed hundreds of U.S. soldiers, tried to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States, and is committed to annihilating Israel. This deal will guarantee Iran the capability to carry out its clear intent.”
Congress now has 60 days to review the deal before it comes to a vote. If it is blocked, President Obama can use his veto thus requiring a two-thirds majority to override it. This means Democrats would have to join in the effort as well.
There are still significant hurdles to overcome before the deal can go into effect. While peace is an admirable goal, Iran has no intention of peace. They are just continually using the naiveity of the Obama administration to buy themselves more time to advance their publicly stated goal of obtaining a nuclear weapon and destroying Israel.
From the Wall Street Journal:
VIENNA—Iran reached a landmark nuclear agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers, a long-sought foreign policy goal of President Barack Obama that sets the White House on course for months of political strife with dissenters in Congress and in allied Middle Eastern nations.
The accord, which comes after a decade of diplomatic efforts that frequently appeared on the verge of collapse, aims to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.
The Obama administration and its partners hope the deal will resolve a dispute that at times threatened to spark a military conflict. In the optimistic view, it would ease tensions with Tehran over time and pave the way for fresh attempts to resolve some of the region’s many other conflicts.
in an address from the White House early Tuesday, Mr. Obama hailed the deal, threatening to veto any vote in Congress against it.
“Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region,” he said. “Because of this deal, the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon.”
Critics in Washington, Israel and the Gulf nations that neighbor Iran say the deal will merely delay Iran’s path to nuclear weapons. After 10 years of restraint on its activities mandated by the agreement, Tehran will then be able to ratchet up its nuclear program and potentially unleash a nuclear arms race in the region, they fear.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahucalled the deal a “historic mistake.”
“Wide-ranging concessions were made in all of the areas which should have prevented Iran from getting the ability to arm itself with a nuclear weapon,’’ Mr. Netanyahu said. “The desire to sign an agreement was stronger than everything else.”
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