We should be able to have our own inspectors and a guarantee that Iran has no intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons.
For anybody watching the Republican presidential primary debate last Wednesday, the controversial nature of the Iranian nuclear deal was immediately obvious. Sen.
Most centered around one issue: the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
Let’s put this issue on the ballot and let Oregonians decide if they want to spend their tax dollars directly or indirectly on state sponsors of terrorism.
Barak also proposed that the USA hold a regional conference, with the participation of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Gulf States and Turkey, in an effort to coordinate a battle against extremist Sunni Islam and work to thwart efforts for Iranian regional control.
Khamenei pointed out in a speech in Tehran, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)”I am telling you, first, you will not be around in 25 years’ time, and God willing, there will be no Zionist regime in 25 years“. The Obama administration says it will begin the process to relieve sanctions on Iran next month if the country meets its obligations to curb its nuclear program.
Obama has the ability to waive the provision, after giving Congress 30 days notice, if he believes it’s in “the national interest and will expand trade and investment opportunities for United States companies”.
We are talking about the same Iran that has vowed to destroy their enemies with a nuclear bomb. McConnell, Boehner and their rank-and-file are angry that they could not succeed in convincing enough Democrats on the other side of the aisle of their ultimate argument: that the JCPOA was a weak capitulation that virtually handed the Iranian government a nuclear weapon.
The recent statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the U.S. remains the great Satan and that Israel needn’t worry about what happens when the Iran deal expires because they won’t be around by then, should give everyone pause. But for a people who worship the Prince of Peace, supporting strong diplomacy and a deal that will keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is the natural position for Christians to take.
He added: “The agreement talks about normalization of economic relations with Iran and states that the parties shall ‘implement this JCPOA in good faith based on mutual respect.’ But there can not be respect for a country that actively foments regional instability, advocates for Israel’s destruction, kills the innocent and shouts ‘Death to America.'” Cardin was speaking truth to power.
So how did, or how will, the U.S. really benefit strategically, geopolitically, or economically from the nuclear deal?
I can not know the agony experienced by US presidents, from Nixon to Obama, as they negotiate with countries tied to that part of our world. As he has done in previous cases – most notably with Obama’s executive actions on immigration and the Justice for Victims Act earlier this year – McConnell is forcing tough votes on the Iran agreement by introducing poison-pill amendments with the sole goal of making a Democratic filibuster look politically untenable.
It’s telling that many Democrats who approve of the deal are doing so with less-than-ringing endorsements. Sen. Many Assyrians from the valley have felt the impact of Iranian terrorism firsthand, losing their land, home and businesses, while their Christian relatives have been driven out of Iran.
With a new administration arriving in 2017, it would be best for the U.S.to reverse the damage that has already been done.