Nuclear Deals: Same Song, Second Verse; A Political Opportunity? (Guest Post)

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OK, Republican presidential candidate (whom I hope will be conservative rather than a RINO), here is a gift that just may get you elected.

Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama, on April 2, announced in a White House Rose Garden ceremony, that an agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear capability had been reached. Of the deal, Obama said:

I’m convinced that if this framework leads to a final comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer.

Safer? Obama admitted that Iran will end up with the bomb in the end. And Iran gets to keep all of its ballistic missiles. Iran has, despite ongoing talks designed to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, been constantly improving its ballistic missile capabilities.

The expanded range of Iran’s ballistic missile program as indicated by the satellite imagery makes clear that its nuclear weapons program is not merely a threat to Israel, or to Israel and Europe. It is a direct threat to the United States, as well.

Regarding verification, Obama said:

This deal is not based on trust. It’s based on unprecedented verification.

That issue has already fallen by the wayside. Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would not allow online cameras into any of its nuclear sites.

The deal specifies that inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will have access to Iran’s centrifuges, supply chain, uranium mines, and any suspicious sites. But how this will all happen is still unclear. David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector, now president of the Institute for Science and International Security, says that the verification and inspection arrangements are critical. One of the critical things in any verification arrangements is that inspectors can go anywhere in Iran. It’s not clear that they could go to any military site in Iran.

Iran, in the past, has barred inspectors from entering nuclear sites. Yet Obama has said that inspectors will have “unprecedented access” to all sites.

Regarding war (confined if we’re lucky to the Middle East), Obama said:

When you hear the inevitable critics of the deal sound off, ask them a simple question – do you really think that this verifiable deal, if fully implemented, backed by the world’s major powers, is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?

Iran has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, refers to America as “The Great Satan.” and says that America is its number 1 enemy. Iran now controls four Middle East capitals – Baghdad, Iraq, Damascus, Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, and Sanna, Yemen – and the list is growing. Iran is the primary sponsor of world-wide terrorism.

No war in the Middle East? Yeah, right! Obama appeases Iran as he dismantles our military. And a nuclear Iran will surely attack the U.S.

Thomas Sowell said it best when he characterized the deal as “The Iran ‘Agreement’ Charade.”

To say that Obama is naïve would be an understatement, but his naïveté is not original. Bubba Clinton did exactly the same thing twenty years ago.

This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world. [the deal requires them to] freeze [their] existing nuclear program and to accept international inspection of all existing facilities. [the agreement] does not rely on trust. Compliance will be certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Bubba Clinton said those word about North Korea on on October 18, 1994. He was announcing that his administration had reached agreement on a nuclear framework with North Korea.

North Korea, only twelve years later, exploded a nuclear bomb. Today, Pyongyang has 14-16 nuclear bombs, and could have as many as 100 nuclear weapons by 2020. Research from the US-Korea Institute warns North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are developing rapidly. The capability was announced by David Albright. Yes, that’s the same man that was mentioned above.

Albright’s report says that North Korea has the capability to mount miniaturized warheads on both its short-range Nodong missile (which can cover South Korea and most of the Northeast Asian theater) and its Taepodong-2 missile, which has the potential to be used as an ICBM that can cover Japan and Alaska and Hawaii. And North Korea is winning the battle for acceptance as a nuclear state, as a number of regional countries (Russia, China, and the ASEAN states) seem content to conduct normal political and economic relations with North Korea.

It’s interesting to note that North Korea agreed to allow inspections of all seven of its declared nuclear facilities, but refused to allow an inspection team to inspect a plutonium reprocessing plant at Yongbyon. And that on June 13, 1994, North Korea announced its withdrawal from the IAEA. And that on October 21, 1994, the United States and North Korea conclude four months of negotiations by adopting an “Agreed Framework” in Geneva. To resolve U.S. concerns about Pyongyang’s plutonium-producing reactors and the Yongbyon reprocessing facility, the agreement called for North Korea to freeze and eventually eliminate its nuclear facilities, a process that required dismantling three nuclear reactors, two of which were still under construction. North Korea also agreed to allow 8,000 spent nuclear reactor fuel elements to be removed to a third country.

In 2002, CIA uncovered North Korea’s secret uranium enrichment program. Is this what we can expect from the Obama deal with Iran?

It seems that Bubba appeased North Korea in 1994. And Obama is currently appeasing Iran. OK, Republican presidential candidate. History is repeating itself, and the Democrat track record on nuclear arms deals ain’t so good. Point this out – loudly!

Cross-posted at Well Said, my very conservative web site.

10 Responses to “Nuclear Deals: Same Song, Second Verse; A Political Opportunity? (Guest Post)”

  1. 1

    Nanny G

    Factsheet of Obama VS Iran’s understanding
    FIRST:

    “We will not sign any agreements unless on the first day of the implementation of the deal all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the same day,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.
    http://news.yahoo.com/sanctions-must-same-day-nuclear-deal-implemented-rouhani-074043123.html
    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/09/politics/iran-nuclear-bill/index.html

    BUT Obama’s Fact Sheet reads:

    Iran will receive sanctions relief, IF it verifiably abides by its commitments.
    http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/world/parameters-of-plan-on-iran-nuclear-program/1507/

    SECOND:

    Obama Fact Sheet:

    At the bottom of page two, not only has Iran agreed to “regular access” by inspectors to all of its nuclear facilities, including the fortified plant inside the mountain at Fordo, but they’ve agreed to the IAEA’s “Additional Protocol,” which authorizes “snap inspections.”
    http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/world/parameters-of-plan-on-iran-nuclear-program/1507/

    HOWEVER:

    Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan categorically rejected as a “lie” a Guardian report alleging that Tehran has granted access to its military facilities under the recent framework agreement with the world powers.

    “No such agreement has been made; principally speaking, visit to military centers is among our redlines and no such visit will be accepted,” Gen. Dehqan stressed on Wednesday, rejecting “the report by foreign media outlets, such as the Guardian” as “untruthful allegations”…
    http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940119001411
    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2015/04/08/iran-military-sites-off-limits-to-inspectors/

    Obama is playing make-believe with us.
    He is fooling no one.
    Iran looked at his lack of backbone in Syria (after his Red Line remark) and knows he is spineless.

  2. 3

    Greg

    Republicans seem to forget—and would very much like for everyone else to forget as well—that the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act was signed into law by Barack Obama on July 1, 2010, after being passed by a House and Senate that were both controlled by strong Democratic majorities, and that those sanctions have been subsequently expanded by a series of Executive Orders that were also issued by Barack Obama.

    It has not been a matter of Republicans tightening down the screws, and Democrats irresponsibly seeking to loosen them up for no good reason. It’s been a matter of imposing sanctions that have inflicted serious economic pressures on Iran, and of the Obama administration offering to lessen them in exchange for specific desired concessions. That was the entire point to begin with.

    This process was also the reason Obama threatened to veto any increased sanctions the Republican controlled Congress attempted to legislate. Doing so would remove the Obama administration’s ability to tighten the screws further in response to Iranian intransigence of the sort they’re now hinting at. It would basically kick over the chessboard and set everything but the Iranian nuclear program back to square one.

  3. 4

    Nanny G

    Obama must be astounded at the tone deafness of the Mullahas in Iran.
    Here he is offering them all he can on a silver platter but what do they do?
    Call Obama a liar and kick his ”agreement” back in his face.
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ayatollah-khamenei-accuses-wh-lying-being-deceptive-and-having-devilish-intentions_914336.html

    Khamenei broke his silence on the supposed “framework” the Obama administration has been trumpeting…..
    “The White House put out a statement just a few hours after our negotiators finished their talks…this statement, which they called a ‘fact sheet’, was wrong on most of the issues,” Khamenei said.

    It reminded me of the time Bill Clinton wanted to hang out in Japan and get lavish attentions of geishas there, but Arafat demanded he come to Camp David immediately to assure him about signing a peace deal with Israel.
    Bill obliged but Arafat turned his back on an agreement that was the most generous he could ever have gotten: more than 95% of all his demands.
    Boy, was Bill ever mad!

  4. 5

    Bill

    @Greg: Ooooo…. yeah, Obama’s such a tough guy.

    Sanctions were already in place before. This act extended them. But, of course, that was then and this is now. This was prior to the 2012 election. Now, he is in a surrendering mood.

  5. 6

    Greg

    @Bill, #5:

    He’s apparently tough enough to take firm stands on a number of controversial issues that blowhards in Congress won’t risk touching with meaningful legislation.

  6. 7

    mos 8541

    billy and the fool president, billy a pedophile, sexual predator and the fool pres a closet gay. None of you recall the first India nuclear test-billy placed economic sanctions on India. India was only doing about 10% trade with the us. 18 months later, India captured the cotton market to Europe, squeezing out American, and profits rose 3.2%. Surprise, India tested a bomb and won the second round on country profits. India won twice, the sex fiend’s actions continue this country’s losses with India. Great democratic job-maybe billy has early syphilis?

  7. 9

    Randy

    @Bill: I think Obama has run out of chalk for drawing lines. Maybe he used it all up in Syria or Ukraine. This make believe agreement is just to avoid other issues in the Middle-East. “See the squirrel!” Not one of Obama’s foreign policy programs has been successful.

  8. 10

    Greg

    @mos 8541, #7:

    Pedophile? Get a damn dictionary. Lewinsky was 22 years old at the time she engaged in consensual sexual relations with Clinton.

    She was involved in a five-year affair with her former high school drama teacher, also married, that began 3 years before her involvement with Clinton. Lewinsky was no babe in the woods.

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