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Peace in his Mind (Such a Deal)

Greg Crosby

By Greg Crosby

Published July 17, 2015

 Peace in his Mind (Such a Deal)

The Obama White House and its world partners have finally reached a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. So did we give away the store? Not only did we give away the store, we gave away the warehouse, and the parking structure next to it. FDR famously called the bombing of Pear Harbor "A day that live in infamy." This pact with Iran might very well be called "A deal that will live in infamy." Or maybe we might refer to it as Chamberlain II.

Think of it like the four-year old boy who trades his expensive electronic toy for his friend's cheap Cracker Jack whistle in the shape of a bird. We got the bird.

The Weekly Standard calls it "a deal worse than even we imagined possible. It's a deal that gives the Iranian regime $140b in return for ... effectively nothing: no dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no anytime/anywhere inspections, no curbs on Iran's ballistic missile program, no maintenance of the arms embargo, no halt to Iran's sponsorship of terror." And I'll add no release of the three American hostages Iran is holding, a Christian preacher, a U.S. Marine, and a journalist.

The New York Times, not exactly what anyone would call a conservative or anti-Obama newspaper, said, "Little in the deal announced on Tuesday eliminates Iran's ability to become a threshold nuclear power eventually — it just delays the day. To Mr. Obama's many critics, including Henry A. Kissinger, the architect of the China opening, that is a fatal flaw. It does nothing, Mr. Kissinger wrote recently with another former secretary of state, George P. Shultz, to change "three and a half decades of militant hostility to the West."

Meanwhile our only real friend in the Middle Ease, Israel, is having conniption fits over this deal. As reported in the Washington Post, "Israeli leaders across the political spectrum condemned in stark apocalyptic language the Iranian nuclear pact announced by the United States and world powers Tuesday, calling it a historic mistake that frees Iran to sponsor global terror while assembling the information and materials to build a nuclear weapon."

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal "a bad mistake of historic proportions," and said, "Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world. Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons, many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted."

And Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett said, "Today a terrorist nuclear superpower is born, and it will go down as one of the darkest days in world history."

Okay, that's Israel. So what are our own high-ranking officials in Washington saying about the deal? Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the historic Iran nuclear deal reached in Vienna Tuesday will secure Iran's pathway to a bomb and add to its capability to terrorize the West and the Middle East. "Iran has killed hundreds of U.S. soldiers, tried to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States, and is committed to annihilating Israel. This deal will guarantee Iran the capability to carry out its clear intent," Nunes said.

Last week in Israel, General Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he expected some of the sanctions relief Iran will receive under the deal would go to supporting terrorism. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, wrote a letter last month to Republican senators confirming that Iran continues to support terrorist groups. These are Obama's own people saying this!

President Barak Bend-Over bama has even included this little concession to the deal: not only will international economic sanctions on Iran be lifted, Iran will be allowed to continue key elements of its nuclear work, as well as research and development. Iran will be permitted to continue spinning centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon.

And get this! Western powers will also work with Iran to help it install and operate more advanced centrifuges. That's right, that's part of the deal. Now WE are actually going to assist them in building their nuclear facilities! Wow! You can't make this stuff up. For a long time I couldn't make up my mind whether Obama's foreign polices were naive and inexperienced or were purposeful, based on his ideology. Taking everything into consideration, all that he has said and done through his administration, I now believe he actually sees America (and Israel) as the enemy, as a power to overcome and diminish.

Concerning the Islamic State known as ISIL or ISIS, Obama has stated more than once that his objectives are to "degrade and ultimately destroy" them. I don't know about ISIS, but after this Iranian deal, I can't help wonder if that is, in fact, his secret objective for the United States.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. He's also a Southern California-based freelance writer.