Secretary of State John Kerry's tentative deal to end a dispute over Iran's nuclear program shows how the Obama administration is willing to turn its back on Israel, the United States' closest Middle East ally, says Fox News strategic military analyst Ralph Peters.
"I'm not sure whether to be struck more by John Kerry's weakness, his lack of moral fiber, or his complicity. Clearly, he was dying to sign any treaty in Geneva," Peters, a retired lieutenant colonel and author, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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The Geneva talks involving Iran and six world powers are aimed at ending a decades-old standoff with Iran amid fears of a wider Middle East war.
"The Iranians wanted everything for free," Peters said Monday.
"We have the Iranians over a barrel," he said. "Sanctions are working in this particular case. Iran's economy is staggering and stumbling, it's going to its knees. The only reason the Iranians have come to the negotiating table is because they are hurting badly economically and they're worried about domestic unrest.
"The deal was going to be that we would loosen up sanctions, we'd release Iranian funds, and all the Iranians would give us would be a promise to suspend uranium enrichment. They would not destroy centrifuges, they would not give up any of their enriched uranium stockpiles, they would not stop work on the ARAK plutonium reactor, which is scheduled to go online late next year, and you know what, plutonium, you don't have to go uranium enrichment process. That's bomb-grade stuff right there.
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is 100 percent right, this is a bad, bad deal," said Peters, author of "Hell or Richmond,"
a Civil War novel.
"I don't want a war with Iran. I would be all for a sane, sensible treaty that permanently derailed Iran's nuclear program. I am not for a treaty that gives Iran breathing room to develop nuclear weapons," he said.
Malzberg asked what was behind the administration's willingness give away the store.
"Obamacare has been such a disaster that the administration is desperate for anything that appears to be a win. We should get Kerry a T-shirt, you know, that says, 'I went to Geneva and all Obama got was this lousy piece of paper.'
"I wish we acted in our interests a little more instead of trying to be perfect saints among the devils.
"Obama and Kerry are both really starry-eyed about the idea that Iran may finally be willing to give us a kiss on the cheek, so we're going to hand over everything we got, including the deed to the house.
"There's no denying that President Obama doesn't like Israel. If Israel disappeared tomorrow, Obama wouldn't shed a tear," Peters said.
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