I ended last week’s discussion by stating that the Obama Administration’s foreign policy was inept. President Obama proved my point on Saturday the 23rd of November when he made a late night announcement that a nuclear agreement had been reached with Iran. The President stated that the terms of the deal were; “substantial limitations, which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.” Of course, a closer look at the “deal” will show that once again the President is misleading the American people.
Under this agreement, Iran committed to halting enrichment above a 5% threshold. This means that Iran retains its 3.5% uranium enrichment, which can be enriched to 20% in less than a month. Iran is also required to neutralize its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium. This is ridiculous because it can be chemically reversed or quickly replaced by the stockpiles of 3.5% uranium.
In return for doing nothing that will really halt Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon, the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have agreed to not impose any new sanctions, and to lift certain sanctions on certain sectors of Iran’s economy. Thus, Iran can now begin trading in oil, gold, and auto-parts. Some $4.2 billion in frozen assets are now being released, and a massive infusion of cash will be coming into Iran’s economy, which will guarantee the survival of the mullahs. Before this deal, Iran’s economy was in such poor shape that the Regime feared they might be removed from power.
It should also be noted that this agreement leaves Iran’s nuclear infrastructure intact. The Iranians will keep all 19,000 centrifuges, which includes 3,000 second generation centrifuges that can enrich uranium five times faster than the older machines.
One would have to be a complete fool not to realize that to disarm or stop a country’s weapons production; the first step must be to destroy the machinery that produces the weapon or weapons. The second step is to destroy the stockpiled weapons.
Iran got what it wanted. First: Once sanctions are removed it’s virtually impossible to reinstate them. Second: Iran gained and additional six months in which to reach their goal of becoming a nuclear power. Third: Military action by Israel against Iran’s nuclear facilities has been put on hold for at least six months. It is also doubtful that after the international community shook hands with Iran, that Israel’s military can operate independently.
I suspect that Iran has already sent the specifications for a nuclear weapons triggering device to North Korea, and that the North Koreans are hard at work building such a mechanism. After all, the parts for any particular bomb or its delivery system can be produced in several countries, and then shipped to Iran for assembly.
The question is no longer; “Will Iran have a nuclear weapon?” Now the question is; “Will Israel, independently, try to stop Iran from obtaining such a weapon?”
Quote for the Week: “History is lies agreed upon.”----Unknown.