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Fred Fleitz: There Are Alternatives to Iran Deal Besides War

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By    |   Friday, 21 Aug 2015 07:37 PM

There are many alternatives to the controversial Iran nuclear deal, despite the White House's insistence otherwise, says former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz, senior vice president for policy and programs at the Center for Security Policy.

"The alternative of not having a deal at all is infinitely better because this deal legitimizes Iran's nuclear program and allows it to build an industrial scale nuclear program that will be able to make many more bombs than they currently make," Fleitz said Friday to J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "Newsmax Prime."

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"We're even going to give Iran nuclear technology. We're going to help it acquire reactors as well as fusion technology.

"Another alternative, a better alternative, is to go back to the drawing board in a new Republican administration for a legitimate deal that stops Iran from enriching uranium, producing plutonium...."

Fleitz — a former CIA analyst and author of "Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s: Causes, Solutions, and U.S. Interests," published by Praeger — said by inking the deal, President Barack Obama would "do a great deal of damage to himself, to American national security, and to our country.

"Everyone knows Iraq and ISIS was mismanaged, but there's now enormous controversy over this Iran deal, that it won't stop Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons, the secret side deal, hundreds of billions of dollars will go towards terrorism.

"The Democratic Party must be looking at this and they're very concerned about where this will end up."

Under the deal, announced by President Barack Obama, some economic sanctions would gradually be lifted in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear arsenal. The negotiations were led by the United States and involved six world powers.

Fleitz also believes not enough noise is being made over the so-called secret "side deals" that have been made, one of which will reportedly allow Iran to inspect its own nuclear sites.

"These secret side deals … won't be shared with Congress. In these deals, Iran will collect nuclear samples on its own nuclear-related activity," he said.

"I was a CIA analyst for a long time. That's a no-no in terms of how these things are done. But in addition to that, the chief of the IEAE [International Atomic Energy Agency], Mr. Yukiya Amano, was sent a letter by the Iranian government, threatening him with physical harm if he told members of Congress the details of the secret agreement.

"So my question is now, how bad does this deal have to get before Democratic supporters of the deal in Congress finally throw in the towel? … As I said, this deal keeps getting worse and worse."

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