I think it’s time the White House subscribed to a daily newspaper or at least has Eric Schmidt — Google chairman and Obama supporter — set up a Google Alert with Iran as a keyword. (This is too important a task to leave to incompetent government programmers. Call it a current events surge.) Because the administration does not appear to be up on current events in the area.
The recent agreement signed with Iran proves my point. Obama claims, “For the first time in a decade, we've halted the progress on Iran's nuclear program. Key parts of the program will be rolled back."
I’m sure that’s at least as accurate as his assurance that if I like my health insurance I can keep it.
But the Iranians don’t appear to be reading the same document. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced in his media that the new agreement removes the use of force as an option (as if "redline" Obama would ever order an attack) and guarantee’s Iran’s “right” to enrich uranium for all time.
The “rollback” Obama promises is nothing of the kind. Iran stops uranium enrichment for the time being, but does not have to dismantle the enrichment infrastructure. This is like an alcoholic promising to stop driving drunk after he puts a fifth in the glove box and leaves the keys in the ignition.
In return for an agreement that accepts the exact same terms Iran initially proposed one year ago, Iran gets billions of dollars and sanctions — that Obama never supported — are loosened. The fact is there are none so blind as those who will not see and Iran policy proves my point, as I wrote here.
As Mona Charen points out, the nation has been through this before during the nuclear negotiations with North Korea. The U.S. sat down at the table and merrily dealt away all our leverage in return for empty promises. The result: North Korea now has nuclear weapons.
What’s more, the same dupe who handled the negotiations with North Korea for the Clinton administration, Wendy Sherman, is now an integral part of the Obama-Iran team.
Talk about your track records!
The leaders of nations that actually live in the Middle East, and aren’t tourists, are appalled by the terms of the agreement. So much so that there are rumors that Israel and Saudi Arabia’s respective militaries are discussing joint operations to stop Iran.
Here’s my advice for those negotiators: If you come to an agreement the next to last to know should be the Obama administration and the very last should be Iran when they hear the bombers.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
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