Chuck Schumer scrambling to abandon the president, is whether an Obama veto will hold. He and his Israeli counterparts believe communities like these would be at greater risk if the Iran deal passed and Iran had more capital to fund terrorism in the region, including Hamas. An indication of the pressure they have been feeling is the latest statement about Iran from Haim Saban, the billionaire media mogul who is one of the Democratic Party’s largest contributors.
So President Obama should hit the restart button.
Over the course of this siege, U.S. policymakers have been very explicit about their goals. In the Middle East, Iran’s hand is fortified in her proxy wars in both Syria and Iraq. For the next 26 years, until the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Shah kept oil flowing to western countries while his U.S. CIA-supported secret police spied on everyone and tortured and killed regime opponents.
Many expect Iran to cheat on the deal as it has done on most previous agreements, and, without iron clad verification, could give them nuclear weapons unexpectedly and at any time. But he argued that, if Iran were able to get a nuclear weapon, it would be “emboldened to engage in more of the activities that have been discussed”. In concert with behind-the-scenes machinations of the United States and its allies, he too was forced from power and an Islamic theocracy was installed with the covert help of the United States. Nor did he correct the falsehood that it was Iran rather that has destabilized Yemen rather than Saudi Arabia’s reckless air war and support for sectarian forces there. It legitimizes Iran’s status as a nuclear state. To be clear, the IAEA can request access to any suspicious location with 24 hours’ notice under the Additional Protocol of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran will implement under this deal. It has unlimited oil and natural gas, so it does not need a nuclear program except to terrorize and intimidate other countries – ultimately including the United States.
It would be a catastrophe for American influence in the world if Congress killed the Iranian nuclear deal. “And, you know, that’s something that we should welcome”. “At the end of the day, each person is going to have look into their own soul… And – and that’s something that I think we should be willing to promote if in fact they can get there”.
But Canada isn’t rushing to lift any sanctions on Iran.
There has been much debate in these pages as to the wisdom of Congress approving the Obama Administration’s proposed deal with Iran. Without such a provision, verification of Iran’s compliance is impossible.
“So in terms of getting a better deal, better for what?” Obama’s successors will have to deal with a nuclear-armed Iran. Iran will mothball some of its centrifuges, but it will not dismantle or close any of its nuclear facilities. Otherwise Obama would not even acknowledge the possibility of discussions with Iran in the future.
“The sanctions that have been placed for many years have not prevented Iran’s progress in its nuclear program”. But the Obama administration insists that Iran badly wants to modernize and engage with the world community.
Nowicki is The Republic’s national political reporter.