Barack Obama is a young man. By the time he leaves office, he will be in his mid-50s. Based on life expectancy, he could live for another 40 years or so. So he will be around to see the full consequences of his disastrous Iran nuclear “framework.”
The deal is done.
No matter what Republicans do, Europeans fully intend to let sanctions expire. They just needed an excuse to do so, an excuse that Obama provided. Someday, nations will ask why the world’s superpower ignored chants of “death to America” and “death to Israel” and allowed Iran to slow-walk toward getting nuclear weapons.
A little recent history. Under the watchful eye of the International Atomic Energy Agency, North Korea became a nuclear power — despite having signed a nuclear non-proliferation treaty. For 25 years, as it developed its nuclear bomb, North Korea insisted it had no such plans. Then-President Clinton dispatched former President Jimmy Carter to dissuade the North Koreans. Carter was convinced of North Korea’s sincerity. Carter said: “The world in 1994 was marching toward a war that was neither wanted nor necessary. … I hoped that Kim Il-Sung was looking for a way to resolve the crisis peacefully. … My expectations proved to be correct. Kim Il-Sung wanted to deal, and he and I negotiated an agreement.”
Carter triumphantly announced on CNN the terms of the deal he brokered to get North Korea, he said, that got them to end their nuclear program. North Korea took the economic assistance — and continued its nuclear program. Shortly after Carter’s visit, North Korea became an acknowledged nuclear power. These “successful” talks led, in part, to Carter’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Unfortunately, days after the announcement of Carter’s Peace Prize, North Korea publicly admitted that it never ended its nuclear program — and that the country intended to continue it.
Obama, as a candidate, called a nuclear-armed Iran “unacceptable.” Well, was anyone listening when National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Iran could make nuclear weapons “right now”? “It’s a political decision for them,” Clapper said to PBS’s Charlie Rose, “not that they don’t have the technical wherewithal, the technical competence, because they do.” Clapper said Iran’s supreme leader simply has not made the “political decision” to make the weapon!
Immediately after the announced framework, Iran disputed the White House’s characterization on major issues. No, said Iran, the sanctions are to be lifted right away. No, said Iran, we are not rolling back any of our nuclear facilities. And no, said Iran, we have not consented to “no notice” inspections, the only way to give real assurance that Iran won’t cheat as easily as it has already.
Military experts say it’s too late for Israel to take military action. Iran is now too far gone, too prepared, having dispersed sleeper cells to strike on cue. At least one of Iran’s nuclear facilities is underground and difficult to bomb. Why the need for an underground facility if it is for “peaceful purposes”?
The world will someday ask how a nation that funded and founded the terror group Hezbollah could be allowed to get a bomb. The leader of Hezbollah stated that he hopes all the Jews do return to Israel — that way they can be eliminated in one fell swoop. So much for the notion that the problem in the Middle East is Israel. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah wants to hunt down and kill Jews outside of Israel.
Days after last week’s “historic” nuclear deal, CBS reported that in Iranian mosques, worshipers still chanted “death to America.” But, CBS hopefully tells us, they’re doing this out of “more habit than conviction.” Iran has lied from the beginning, has always lied and is lying now. If, after all, this deal is about inspiring confidence, why wasn’t the recognition of Israel — as a Jewish state — a nonnegotiable part of the deal? But Obama dismissed it out of hand: “The notion … (of) Iran recognizing Israel … is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment.”
Finally, what makes Obama and the Democrats believe that ISIS, al-Qaida and the assorted related groups have only regional aspirations? The goal of jihad, as stated by the current head of al-Qaida, is to eventually ignite a battle between the West and the Muslim world. And, at the climactic moment, Allah is expected to appear and shift the balance of victory to the Muslim warriors.
Sound crazy? Insane? This is exactly why such people should never acquire nuclear weapons. Obama will someday have to answer the question, “How could you allow that to happen?”
I hope and pray that I am wrong.
COPYRIGHT 2015 LAURENCE A. ELDER
Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder.