Obama’s bright white lie on his red line.
US President Obama gave a speech about the broad support the Iranian deal enjoys: “because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously supported it. The majority of arms control and nonproliferation experts support it. Over 100 former ambassadors who served under Republican and Democratic presidents support it.”
There are others that strongly support the deal too that Obama failed to highlight:
- Syria’s president Basher al-Assad, the man who has waged a war with this own people that has killed over 220,000 people thus far told the Iranian leader: “In the name of the Syrian people, I congratulate you and the people of Iran on this historic achievement.”
- Hezbollah, the terrorist group in Lebanon was impressed that Iran now had “global recognition as a member of the nuclear club.”
- David Duke, the former member of Congress and head of the KKK was happy that the Iranian deal would likely keep Israel from attacking Iran
As part of this agreement, Iran will get funds in the range between Obama’s estimate of $56 billion to as much as $150 billion. Not surprisingly. this makes the various terrorist entities that are financed by Iran quite happy including (parenthetical is the year when placed on the US State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations):
- Hamas (1997)
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, PFLP (1997)
- Palestinian Islamic Jihad (1997) rumored to be strained recently
- al-Qa’ida (1999)
These Iranian-backed terrorist groups are responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians and continue to destabilize the Middle East and beyond..
In Obama’s attempt to sell the Iranian deal, he cited many allies that endorsed the deal while specifically avoiding mention of America’s enemies that also support it. How does one account for the fact that both US allies and foes celebrate the deal? Is the deal actually beneficial to all of the parties, or do some countries simply not understand the deal’s details?
- The Western world gets to curtail Iran’s nuclear program and avoids a war in the near-term
- Iran gets to avoid a war, keep its nuclear infrastructure intact, global legitimacy, does not have to change its behavior regarding backing terrorism, and gets tens of billions of dollars in cash
- Iran’s allies get access to funds and arms from Iran in the near and medium-term, and potentially a nuclear-armed Iranian-sponsor in the not-too-distant future
Obama deliberately does not discuss the many enemies of the United States that support the P5+1 deal and their long list of reasons for doing so. Instead, he makes comments that it is only the Iranian hardliners (and Republicans and Israel) who oppose the agreement. By doing so, he attempts to conceal the enormous benefits granted to Iran (and its proxies) in the agreement. It is pure marketing and a bright white lie over his old red lines.
The party Obama highlighted as not being happy with the deal is Israel. A few reasons:
- Iran will be allowed to continue to call for Israel’s annihilation
- Iran will have billions of dollars that will not be constrained in any manner from funding terrorist groups that target Israel
- Iran will get access to a range of ballistic missiles in as little of five years
- Within 10-15 years, Iran will be a threshold nuclear state
- The structure of the deal provides Iran opportunity to break the terms and develop nuclear weapons within ten years
In other words, there is a little something (or a lot) for everyone in the deal, with the exception of Israel.
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