Let’s cut to the chase on Iran. Let’s dispense with this diplomatic dance where we impose sanctions because we think Iran is doing something devious, but then look to make a deal with them because we think they can be trusted. Let’s decide once and for what we believe Iran’s true motives are and then act accordingly, before we reach a point of no return.
Is Iran an honest broker? Are they on the path to becoming a responsible member of the international community? Are they really only seeking nuclear energy and not nuclear weapons? Will they not attempt to conceal aspects of their nuclear program should they agree to inspections?
Or is Iran at its heart an enemy of the United States? Is Iran merely buying time as they race to a nuclear weapon? Why would Iran want a nuclear weapon? Do they simply want it as a deterrent for defensive purposes or do they have plans to use it pre-emptively either directly or through a terrorist surrogate? Who would they target in such an attack?
And lastly and most importantly – should we believe the words of the Iranians themselves or should we believe the wishful thinking of the diplomats who are desperately trying to craft a deal over Iran’s nuclear program?
The diplomats tell us that Iran is a reasonable nation with whom we can negotiate. Iranian military and religious leaders (groups arguably more powerful than any civil authority) call America the Great Satan.
The diplomats tell us that Iran is seeking a peaceful nuclear program. Iranian leaders have vowed to destroy Israel and they have released a video of a military training exercise in which they attack a replica of a U.S. ship.
The diplomats tell us that we can work with Iran not only to resolve this issue, but also greater regional issues as well, such as the threat of ISIS. Iranians have called for the flag of Islam to fly over the White House.
Do you see a pattern here? If we can trust what the diplomats think about Iran, then we are fine and have absolutely nothing to worry about. If we take the Iranians at their word, we face a belligerent enemy desperately trying to get a weapon they think can level the playing field with us.
Shouldn’t we be asking why this administration is basing their tactics on the most optimistic scenario possible in a situation where a miscalculation would have catastrophic consequences? Shouldn’t we be asking why the American government appears to be so cavalier about the idea of Iran potentially getting a nuclear weapon?
If a nation who has proclaimed its hatred for you is developing a nuclear program, what do you do?
If a nation who has proclaimed its hatred for you releases video footage of a training exercise in which it attacks a replica of one of your warships and is developing a nuclear program, what do you do?
If a nation who has proclaimed its hatred for you is training to attack your warships, has called for the flag of Islam to fly over the White House and is developing a nuclear program, what do you do?
If a nation who has proclaimed its hatred for you is training to attack your warships, calls for the flag of Islam to fly over the White House, is actively working an on intercontinental ballistic missile delivery system and is developing a nuclear program, what do you do?
Do you lift all sanctions and allow them to continue their program at a slower pace and ask them to promise to show you all of their secret facilities? You would do that if you were one of three things: someone who is as naïve as a two-year-old, someone who is so obsessed with making a deal that they truly don’t care how bad the deal is, or someone who actually wants Iran to get a nuclear weapon.
Unfortunately, we are being led by people that fall into one of three groups listed above. It is becoming increasingly clear that this American administration has resigned itself to a nuclear Iran. Our only hope in preventing Iran from realizing its ambitions is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the brave members of the Israeli Defense Force. We must pray that Netanyahu does not lose his upcoming election to someone who shares America’s suicidal view of Iran’s nuclear program.