We live in extremely perilous times, made more so by the deal just negotiated by our secretary of state and the foreign minister of Iran. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said, this deal gives Iran two clear paths to the bomb — the first is if it keeps the deal and the second is if it cheats. If it keeps the agreement, Iran will be free to develop a nuclear weapon in 15 short years; until then, Iran can continue to conduct nuclear research to be quickly aggregated at the end to create a weapon. That is, if it doesn’t, cheat and build a bomb sooner.
In evaluating this deal, everyone should keep two things in mind. First, there is a mandate in Sharia law called taqqiya, requiring a Muslim to lie if it will further the interests of the faith. This agreement is a perfect example of taqqiya by the Iranians, who are led by their mullahs. Second, Islam is still fighting the Crusades, having waited almost 1,000 years to retake much of the world from the infidels. 15 years is but the wink of an eye.
The Iran agreement limits research and development — but only for the first eight years — and the phasing out of centrifuges, but only after ten years have passed. It also calls for the immediate lifting of all sanctions, with guarantees that if either the United States, the European Union, Russia or China re-impose sanctions, Iran may abandon its commitments under the agreement. In other words, if sanctions are reimposed because Iran violates the agreement by continuing its nuclear weaponization program, Iran will be free to continue its nuclear weaponization program because the sanctions have been reimposed!
The agreement provides that a “Joint Commission” will monitor its implementation, using the International Atomic Energy Agency to verify compliance. But past success by the IAEA in verification has been limited to facilities whose locations are known and to which it has had full access. The agreement permits Iran to delay access by the IAEA whenever it chooses, for up to 24 days. As Netanyahu put it: “It’s like telling a drug dealer ‘we’re going to check your meth lab … in 24 days.’”
The agreement mentions specific sites at which activities will be curtailed (e.g., Fordow, Natanz, Arak), but what about Iran’s secret nuclear sites? The head of the IAEA has told members of the U.S. Senate that he cannot guarantee that the IAEA will have access to the most crucial site of which they are already aware — the military site at Parchin. Although President Obama has assured the American people that Iranian military facilities will be subject to monitoring and inspection, Item 74 of Annex I to the agreement provides that access by the IAEA will not be “aimed at interfering with military or national security activities.” Thus, contrary to Obama’s assurance, Iranian military facilities will be off limits. Further, Iran’s Foreign Minister said recently in a speech in Vienna, reported by the Los Angeles Times, that Iran “made access to military sites a ‘red line,’ and had ‘fully achieved’ those terms in the bargaining.”
Just another Obama lie, like “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
One recent revelation was particularly shocking — details of the IAEA inspection process are unknown to the secretary of state! In a startling admission, Kerry confessed to a Senate committee that he had no access to certain secret side agreements reached between the IAEA and the Iranians, the existence of which agreements had just been leaked to the senators. The secretary of energy tried to excuse the administration’s failure to read the side documents by saying that “the agreement requires Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA and ... side agreements are standard practice.” As Senator Tom Cotton said: “The mullahs know what’s in the side deals with IAEA. It’s just Americans who don’t know.”
Paragraph 36 in the State Department’s summary provides that any party can end the deal with 35 days’ notice, after which it would be released from performing its part of the bargain. Think about that. We will have given Iran $140 billion; the Europeans will be swarming all over Iran, gleaning megabucks; and Iran, having given one month’s notice, will be free to develop a nuke without further interference.
Obama and his administration seek to justify this travesty by stating that the only choice is between this agreement and war. Actually, the choice is among this agreement, a better agreement and a return to squeezing the mullahs until their eyes bulge. It needs to be pointed out that there was essentially no military input into this deal; during the negotiating process the defense establishment was completely frozen out. The result of this agreement — aside from assuring that Iran will become a nuclear power in 15 years (if not sooner) — is that European businesses and investors are already rushing in to Iran with billions. Hamas has announced that Iran is financing new attack tunnels into Israel; and Iran will increase its subversion in Yemen, the Balkans, South America and the Persian Gulf, not to mention Iran’s growing support of terrorists in our own homeland … using money that we provide!
Restrictions on the development of other weapons are not included anywhere in this agreement. That means, for example, that Iran can continue to develop ICBMs that can be used to deliver a nuclear device to its target. As Netanyahu noted, Iran doesn’t need an ICBM to deliver a nuke to Israel; Israel and Iran are on the same continent. But Iran would need an ICBM to deliver a nuke to a target in the U.S. Not only is Iran not prohibited by the agreement from developing ICBMs, it will be doing so with the money released to it by the U.S. when this agreement is signed!
Col. Allen West recently publicized something astonishing. Kerry’s daughter, Vanessa, married an Iranian-American in 2009. During the pre-wedding festivities, Kerry attended parties with the father of his future son-in-law’s best man — none other than Mohammad Javad Zarif, currently the Iranian Foreign Minister and the negotiator on the other side of the table. Did you get that? The guy who negotiated this deal with Kerry is the father of Kerry’s daughter’s husband’s best bud.
Shamefully, what tactic is Obama using to secure passage of this deal? It is the time-honored tactic of “blaming the Jews.” Kerry has publicly insinuated that if the deal fails, it won’t be because it is a lousy deal; it will be because Israel manipulated lawmakers. Kerry stated: “I fear that what could happen is if Congress were to overturn it, our friend Israel could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed.” Kerry — and Obama — are threatening to blame Israel if the Congress decides that the deal is not in the interest of the U.S.A. As opposition to this pig grows (regardless of the lipstick that Obama and his people put on it), not only is Kerry inciting hatred against Israel, but he is also repeating a disgusting slander, namely that Israel controls Congress. This is an attempt to make Israel — and the Jews — the scapegoat for the failure of Obama’s treachery.
However, Congress has its own share of this debacle. If this deal goes through, it will be because Republican leaders abdicated their responsibilities under the Constitution by agreeing to modify the treaty ratification process so that instead of a two-thirds majority being necessary for passage, all that is needed is a one-third minority.
If this agreement passes, there will be plenty of blame to go around.
Stuart Kaufman is a retired lawyer, investment banker and businessman. He relocated from New York to Mount Pleasant in 2012. A friend recently told him that he has been a South Carolinian all of his life ... but he just didn’t know it.