This week, President Obama secured the final vote in the Senate needed to execute his deal with Iran. As public scrutiny over this deal intensifies, it’s important that lawmakers examine the actions by Iran that have increased opposition to this bill.
Chants of “Death to America” still ring out in Iran, as President Obama bends over backwards to strike a nuclear deal with the extremist theocracy. The Obama Administration, eager to get Congress to approve the deal, dismisses these chants as belonging to “a few hardliners.”
But as recently as July, Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, tweeted out a photo depicting a silhouetted Obama holding a gun to his own head with the words: “if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S.”
Iran has threatened our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, for decades, by funding terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and declaring their desire to “wipe Israel off the map.”
Threats like these have earned Iran every single one of the crippling economic sanctions we have imposed on them since 1979. And clearly the sanctions have been serving their purpose— why else would Iran want to strike a deal with us if not for the debilitating economic strain?
In fact, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, lifting the sanctions would immediately allow Iran to collect $100 Billion in oil revenues which has been sitting in escrow in international banks for years waiting for the sanctions to be lifted. Such a huge windfall would allow them to purchase conventional weapons from nations like Russia without breaking the deal, and even funnel more money to terrorist activities.
Worse yet, in exchange for lifting the sanctions, we receive nothing more than a pinky promise from Iran that they won’t use their nuclear facilities for 10-15 years. We don’t even demand that they dismantle these facilities, only that they hit the pause button on their uranium enrichment.
The deal doesn’t allow for “anytime/anywhere” U.N. inspections, requiring instead that the U.N. give over three weeks’ notice before an inspection can take place. With the lack of teeth in the agreement, the likely outcome is that Iran will continue to expand its nuclear program in secret.
Even a more optimistic view reveals this deal will put America and its allies at risk. If Iran adheres to the agreement for ten years, by then they will have profited enough from the lack of sanctions to enrich all the uranium they want. No matter how you slice it, this deal gets Iran closer to a nuclear weapon than they would be without any deal at all.
Lastly, in exchange for lifting the costly economic sanctions, America doesn’t even receive the four citizens who are currently being held captive by Iran. These hostages include a Washington Post reporter, a U.S. Marine veteran, and a Christian pastor.
President Obama gives lip service to a military option and reinstating sanctions in the event Iran doesn’t comply, but after failing the “red line” test with Syria, leading from behind in Libya, and prematurely pulling out of Iraq leaving a power vacuum that gave rise to ISIS, does anyone really believe he would ever use a military option on Iran?
At the end of the day, the disastrous Iran Deal is just another plank of the Obama Doctrine of betting the farm on the goodness of our enemies at the expense our own security and the safety of our allies. The Obama Administration has thrown out Reagan’s mantra of “trust, but verify.” They repeatedly conduct foreign policy with the naivety of a parent who believes the “D-” on their sons’ report card is all the teachers fault just because he said so. There is no excuse for trusting Islamic extremists with faith and goodwill as they simultaneously threaten harm to American and Israel.
Mark Elsasser is the Editor in Chief of Conservative-Force.com