$8 Billion goes a long way to building a bomb

A lot of harebrained ideas have come out of the White House. Giving Iran $8 billion to keep on enriching uranium is one of the craziest. Photo: AP

FORT WORTH, Texas, November 28, 2013 — The day that Barack Obama was sworn into the presidency wasn’t a bad one just for America. The world has slowly come to understand that.

The American people have been battered nearly senseless with the harebrained ideas that have flowed from the White House. The fiasco of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, is just one of the most recent, the one that is now crowding the others from memory. The president has decided that he doesn’t want his name attached to Obamacare after all, and it’s hard to blame him for that.

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One of the most harebrained ideas to come out of the White House reaches a giddy, March-hare level of madness: to release $8 billion back to the Iranians with the promise that if Teheran decides to enrich uranium, it won’t enrich it enough to make bombs.

This insane idea puts one of our closest allies, Israel, in the grim position of facing a nuclear armed Iran, whose ruling ayatollahs would happily see it burn. They must be wondering in Jerusalem, should we attack, or should we hope that our feckless western allies will stand by us when Iran threatens to use a bomb? Obama’s red line in the Syrian sand will not reassure them. Secretary of State John Kerry may not think he’s stupid, but compared to what? A Thanksgiving turkey?

Iran will also get about $7 billion from gold and oil sales when sanctions are lifted under the deal that was signed in Geneva. Another $400 million in governmental tuition assistance could be “transferred from restricted Iranian funds directly to recognized educational institutions in third world countries to defray the tuition cost of Iranian students,” according to the White House.

According to Lanai Khamoushi, the former head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, this agreement will “open up a new path.” Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister praised the deal saying, “It recognized Iran’s right to enrich uranium”.

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Zarif added, “the nuclear program has been recognized, and the Iranian people’s right to use the peaceful nuclear technology based on the (Non-Proliferation Treaty) and as an inalienable right has been recognized and countries are necessitated not to create any obstacle on its way. … The program will continue and all the sanctions and violations against the Iranians under the pretext of the nuclear program will be removed gradually.

”Iran’s most well known nuclear sites will remain operational under this deal. None of the enrichment centers will be closed, and Fordo and Natanz will continue their work, and the Arak heavy water program will continue in it’s present form, and all enriched material will remain inside the country.”

This is all well and good for the Iranian regime. They can continue their work on a deliverable nuclear weapon unmolested and with an infusion of badly needed cash, without having to walk back their promise to blow Israel of the face of the earth. They can deal with inspectors with smoke and mirrors, because that’s all this agreement really covers.

Deals should provide benefits to both sides. You don’t buy a horse from a man and he doesn’t sell it if you don’t both think you’re coming out better for the deal. The benefits to the U.S. from this deal aren’t clear. It doesn’t ensure that Iran won’t get a nuclear weapon, and as our experience with North Korea shows, even a pipsqueak nation whose leaders are lower than septic sludge has to be treated seriously when it gets a nuke.

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That only makes America’s problems in the Middle East worse, not better. The deal is a huge gift for Russia, for Syria’s President Assad, and a pile of manure wrapped in a ribbon for every country in the Middle East that is even loosely an American ally. 

We will overcome Obamacare, even if it takes a spell, and we will see another president in the White House. Another Congress may repeal some of the domestic blunders of the current administration, and Europe might forgive us some day for bugging Angela Merkel’s cell phone. But how do you put the nuclear genie back in the bottle? What will the world be like with a nuclear Iran? How do we stop the Middle East from being enguled in flames?

That’s a question Israel must be asking, also.

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