Well, that didn’t take long. From The Weekly Standard, via Drudge. Just 48 hours after sanctions were lifted against Iran, and several billion dollars in assets and capital were released, Iran’s Foreign Minister tells the world Iran’s true intentions, and lets the world know that Barack Obama, John Kerry, and the United States were played for fools. Or worse.
The worst aspect of this statement from the Iranian Foreign Minister is that I have a sinking suspicion Zarif is telling the truth. Which means, of course, that the American people were lied to (again) by this Administration, because the terms of a “deal” with Iran were so unfavorable as to be a virtual sell-out. So, essentially, what we have lifted three decades of sanctions for is an Iranian promise not to enrich uranium past five percent. With virtually no way to verify if they comply or not. Despite UN Security Council Resolution after UN Security Council Resolution demanding Iran stop enrichment altogether. Already, the talk about sanctions being lifted has had the profound effect of bolstering Iranian currency, which was once in free-fall. Now, with the injection of the hard capital released as the sanctions are lifted, any economic leverage we had to turn the screws on the recalcitrant supporter of terrorism and violence the world over, is gone. G-O-N-E.
Congress, for its part, has feet as cold as this Vermont evening, and wants no part of the Iran deal. A bipartisan coalition has threatened to vote further sanctions against Iran, carrying enough votes to override Obama’s veto. Not getting the hint, Obama then threatened (why is it that all of his threats are directed at political opponents and not national enemies?) to use executive orders to override sanctions against Iran.
Expect that Iran’s nuclear program will continue, unabated. Enrichment to weapons grade can re-start at any time, if indeed it is ever halted. The sanctions which had allowed the West leverage over the sponsor of terrorism are now lifted, and cannot be easily, if ever, resumed. Sort of like putting toothpaste back in the tube. Even if Congress wishes to do so, our own President has promised to thwart the effort.
So, not long from now, Iran will have a nuclear weapon to put atop the ICBMs they are jointly developing with the North Koreans. They will once again threaten Israel with destruction, and have exponentially increased their ability to do so, with the acquiescence of the United States, especially Barack Obama.
One has to wonder whether Barack Obama is more Neville Chamberlain or Vidkun Quisling.
It’s a good thing we don’t look like idiots in Syria, at least…..