Gen. Paul Vallely: Iran Playing US 'Like a Fiddle'

Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 11:51 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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America, under the leadership of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, has neither the acumen nor the appetite to negotiate with the Iranians to persuade them to halt their nuclear program, retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely told Newsmax TV.

"They'll continue to play us like a fiddle," Vallely said on "America's Forum." "They know they can play Obama and Kerry as they want. They'll continue to develop their nuclear capability and the extension of support in terrorist elements around the world. From this perspective, you're not going to see any headway there. Somebody needs to go in that can really negotiate with the Iranians. Unfortunately, right now it's not the Americans because they have no confidence they can deal with us."

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Vallely weighed in on several world issues, including violence between the Palestinians and Israelis and the border crisis in the United States.

After striking a six-month deal in January with Iran to limit the country’s uranium and plutonium programs, an informal deadline of July 20 was set to reach a final deal limiting Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions against Tehran.

If the July 20 deadline comes and goes without a decision or an extension, the United States needs to be prepared to support Israel, which has threatened to attack Iran’s sites, Vallely said.

"We need to be prepared to support Israel and the teardown of the borders by the ISIS forces in the Middle East, and Syria, and in Iraq right now," he told hosts J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman. "This is more pressing than anything as ISIS becomes more powerful. When you look at the chess board over there you see the Russians continuing to support [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, so we need to have a strategy over there do deal with today and tomorrow. What we call a forward strategy."

He has great faith in Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s ability to choreograph negotiations for a cease-fire between the Palestinians and Israel. Egypt is responsible for the Sinai, the southern borders of both Israel and Gaza, as well as monitoring the unrest in Libya and the Sudan, in addition to guarding the Suez Canal.

"I'm excited to see President el-Sisi stepping in and trying to at least negotiate something," he said. "You can't negotiate with Hamas, a terrorist organization. It’s been tried I don’t know how many times over the last 20 years. Their goal is destroy Israel, as Iran's goal is to destroy Israel.

"Egypt realizes that they are an important part of this whole chess board over there. So, I am excited, and I think they're very smart people. They're very intelligent, but they have a plan, they look to the future."

Lastly, Vallely said, U.S. national security is under attack as a result of the border crisis. Terrorist cells are entering the country as resources are shifted to deal with the surge of unaccompanied minors and other undocumented people coming from Central America. He suggested a 20-kilometer no-go zone south of the border into Mexico.

"We neutralize those threats in that no-go zone," he explained. "We have got to be very pro-active down there because it's going to get worse and worse each day. The refugees, these children, are just pawns in this whole scheme."

He characterized Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent comments that the United States is enforcing immigration law as another lie by the administration.

"It's deception again, manipulating the situation. The laws are on the book, they're very clear. We don't need immigration reform, we need to enforce the laws in the United States and enforce those that will come in legally into our country and stop all entries.

"It's not only the southern borders, but the borders of our airports, the borders at the seaports. So again, they're using the refugee as a pawn down there really to create an open border or strategy that the Obama administration wants to see happen."

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