The Obama administration’s carnival of colossal concessions granting Iran sanction relief will feed a Middle East nuclear weaponization and delivery system frenzy.
This feckless agreement is particularly dangerous at a time when U.S. global defense countermeasures are being systematically dismantled. Included are mobile submarine and bomber-deployed systems which are least vulnerable to attack, adversely impacting our second-strike sea and air nuclear deterrence capability.
Originally positing that the Iran nuclear negotiations would specifically exclude considerations involving relief from conventional arms and ballistic missile embargoes, a last hour U-turn maneuver chauffeured by Russia changed that, and not in a good way.
After only eight years, Iran will be granted a free pass to develop, market, and purchase advanced intercontinental launch systems. This will afford them easy access to sophisticated Russian, Chinese, and North Korean equipment such as anti-ship missiles and components that will endanger our Persian Gulf naval forces and control of Strait of Hormuz waterways.
Top Pentagon officials have gone public about perils of affording the world’s leading terrorist sponsor, dedicated America/Israel arch enemy and non-signatory of ballistic missile control treaties free access to international arms markets.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “The reason that we want to stop Iran from having an ICBM program is that ‘I’ in ICBM stands for intercontinental, which means having the capability of flying from Iran to the United States.”
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey warned that “we should under no circumstance relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking.”
Israel’s U.S. Ambassador Ron Dermer pointed out to Fox News’s Megyn Kelly that since Israel and Iran are on the same side of the world, “those ICBMs are for you [us].”
Yes, and they will soon very likely enable Tehran to deploy atomic electromagnetic pulse (EMP) devices over America with devastating capacities to fry vast regions of our power grid. (See my July 16 article, “Iran Deal Poses Bigger Threat to U.S. than to Israel.”)
Israel’s alarm about the grimly fateful deal is at least equally shared by Saudi Arabian leaders who recognize that Iran empowerment will put their country in the cross-hairs of expanded regional Sunni-Shiite violence.
Having good reasons to expect little reliable support from the Obama administration, they are reportedly reaching out instead to top officials in China and Russia.
They are also believed to be shopping for their own nukes from Pakistan. As Prince Turki al Faisal, the kingdom’s former head of intelligence vowed, “whatever the Iranians have, we will have.”
A 2009 State Department cable made public by Wikileaks reported that Iran then had the largest and most active missile program in the Middle East. The country has already carried out several launches of a two-stage Safir space launch vehicle, the first one in 2009 carrying an Omid satellite. They revealed an even larger Simorgh space launcher in 2010.
A July 2013 report published by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) stated that: “Iran will likely continue to pursue longer range ballistic missiles and a more capable [space-launch] vehicle, which could lead to the development of an ICBM system.”
It concluded that “Iran could develop and test an ICBM capable of reaching the United States by 2015.”
Meanwhile, as Iran advances as a global nuclear threat and Obama/Clinton “reset partner” Russia continues to invade sovereign land and expand its warfare arsenal, U.S. nuclear forces are being cut back dramatically.
By 2018 the number of deployed and nondeployed submarine-launched ballistic nuclear missiles will be reduced from 336 to 280. Astoundingly, some of the missile tubes aboard the Navy’s 14 Ohio-class ballistic submarines are being purposefully altered to prevent ballistic missile launches.
If this isn’t indefensible enough, 50 of our 450 Minuteman III missiles are being removed from silos and stored. The remaining 400 ICBMs to be retained will constitute the lowest number since 1962.
There should be little wonder that President Obama’s lead from behind approach is failing to win the hearts, minds, and respect of America’s allies and adversaries. As he slumbers in a dream world without need for overwhelming defensive nuclear deterrents, Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, and other rogue nations continue to expand their offensive arsenals with determination and impunity.
It’s way past time for a loud congressional wakeup call to acknowledge the harsh real world, one recognized in the wisdom of Ronald Reagan’s peace through strength doctrine.
Unfortunately, by the time they will get a chance to vote in September, Obama will have already taken the agreement to the U.N. Security Council for certain approval, thereby canceling all previous resolutions outlawing and sanctioning Iran’s dangerous nuclear and delivery system provocations. That tragic Obama legacy is one that our children and theirs will inherit.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of “Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom”(2015) and “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax” (2012). Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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