The deal with Iran that President Obama announced Tuesday morning is a fraud upon the world, and especially upon America. Whether Obama actually believes his own rhetoric or not is irrelevant at this point. He has handed Iran the keys to the nuclear clubhouse, and there’s no way short of military action to take them back.
The president spoke at 7am Eastern Time in order that his speech could be carried live on Iranian television. He was speaking more to the Iranians than to Americans–and the Iranians didn’t believe him any more than we should.
The deal “is not built on trust, it is built on verification,” Obama declared from the White House, in a statement carried live on Iranian state TV. All potential pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon have been cut off, he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “a bad mistake of historic proportions,” adding that “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted.”
“One cannot prevent an agreement when the negotiators are willing to make more and more concessions to those who, even during the talks, keep chanting: ‘Death to America,”‘ Netanyahu added. “We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything, and therefore we did not commit to preventing an agreement. We did commit to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and this commitment still stands.”
The fact is: Iran will cheat. It will cheat so profusely and expertly that whatever verification assets are used to stop it won’t even know where to begin. Saying that “all potential pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon have been cut off” is like your high school football coach saying he can field a defense against Tom Brady’s Patriots.
It’s not that the U.S. doesn’t have the assets to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, it’s that Obama has negotiated all those assets away. The only assets we have remaining are covert intelligence, which will be very much hampered by the public protocols for verification.
The AP’s lede on the negotiations Tuesday was:
After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.
I take exception to “18 days” here, because it’s been over 20 months since these negotiations started. Iran very well, at this point, have enough material to start its breakout. By delaying the negotiation and controlling the ground upon which the diplomatic battle was fought, Iran has effectively given themselves enough time to run thousands of centrifuges and build up its stock of enriched uranium.
The deal forces Iran to move most of its stockpile out of the country, likely to Russia. Russia which has reportedly lost enough nuclear material to build a bomb already. The same Russia that suffers dozens of thefts and losses each year (and that’s what the IASA tracks, not mentioning what it doesn’t). The Iranian uranium will be trucked over the border, while other shipments–untracked–will be smuggled right back in.
It’s a stacked deck, and everyone–with the possible exception of Obama–knows it.
Obama said he will veto any attempt by Congress to pass legislation blocking the deal. The man is that committed. Or deluded.
History will record July 14 as a watershed day. In addition to the French revolutionaries storming the Bastille, leading to the worst terror in French history, the day will mark the day when Western powers (including France) allowed an apocalyptic radical Islamic maniac to achieve his sinister ends: a nuclear bomb headed straight for Tel Aviv.
(crossposted from sgberman.com)