Diplomacy Works, Deal Made With Iran

The Obama Administration makes a deal with Iran to avoid war. Why is this so upsetting to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to American War Hawks?

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An interim deal to put the brakes on the production of nuclear weapons grade material has been reached with Iran.  And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with the GOP/Teabully Party, are outraged. Coming on the heels of an earlier agreement that was scuttled by the French, the new agreement, which was signed early Sunday morning, will be in effect for six months and will “temporally freeze Iran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a more sweeping agreement.”

The agreement between the P5+1 nations, which include Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, and Iran requires Iran to cease taking further steps towards manufacturing weapons grade nuclear material. Iran must allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to verify compliance with the agreement which will now include daily inspections of all Iranian facilities.

Iran will see roughly 7 billion in sanctions relief, of which about $4.2 billion would come from oil revenues that have been frozen in foreign banks. Negotiations are expected to continue towards a permanent agreement which would be a Treaty that would require the U.S. Senate ratification.  This interim deal cannot be effected by the Senate.  And, if Iran does not strictly comply with the interim agreement, there will be no further negotiations toward a permanent agreement. Then, President Obama might also agree to the imposition of additional sanctions .

There have been reports that secret behind the scenes meetings laying the groundwork for the agreement had been ongoing between the U.S State Department and Iran dating back to June, 2013, before the election of the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said this about the agreement:

What was achieved last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it was a historic mistake.

 

Netanyahu wants the Iranian capacity to make nuclear material dismantled and the ability to ever make a nuclear weapon ended. But Iran denies that they have any intent other than to use their nuclear capability peacefully as “an alternative source of electricity to serve a rapidly expanding population.”

Democrats and GOP/Teabullly Senators alike have raised opposition to the deal with Iran. The opposition is based on wanting Iran to “rollback” its nuclear material enrichment program before the U.S. enters into even an interim deal.  This bi-partisan group of Senators, along with Prime Minister Netanyahu, just won’t trust the Iranians.

Let us recall the words of the GOP/Teabully hero, President Ronald Reagan, who appeared with the Soviet Premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, to announce the signing of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty at the Kremlin on December 8, 1987.  President Reagan said:

Trust but verify.

President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the entire U.S. negotiating team, have made it clear that they will verify Iran’s compliance with this deal, and that there will be no new deal that does not ensure the safety of Israel.

We know that the GOP/Teabully Party has no interest in allowing this President and this Administration to be successful at anything.  When the President was attempting to diffuse the situation in Syria and an agreement was brokered by Russia so that no American’s were required to risk their lives in Syria, Conservatives flipped the Reagan mantra to:

Distrust and verify.

Others on the GOP/Teabully side of the aisle have difficulty trusting the Iranians, as well as the President. Republican Jon Cornyn, the other Senator from Texas, has criticized  the agreement as:

A diversion from Obamacare.

What is clear is that the GOP/Teabully Party continues to say and do anything that obstructs any good that is being attempted by the Obama Administration at home and abroad.  They will even throw their hero, Saint Ronald Reagan, under the bus.

But, it is also clear, that both President Reagan and President Kennedy, certainly would be proud of this President who is following in their footsteps. After all, President Kennedy forced the Soviet Union to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba, and nary a shot was fired. President Reagan was instrumental and quite prophetic in getting Mr, Gorbachev to tear down that wall.

Edited/Published by: SB

 

 

 

 

 


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