Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., holds Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement in his hands. If he denounces Obama’s pact with the atomic ayatollahs, 12 more Democrats likely would join him in defeating this deal, as sufficient Democrats probably would in the House.
Schumer says he is “studying the issue.” He need look no further for guidance than to . . . Chuck Schumer. As Breitbart.com’s Joel Pollak and others have observed, this accord violates nearly every principle
that Schumer requires for his approval.
In a May 10 speech
to the Lefkowitz Leadership Institute, Schumer said any no-nukes deal with Iran must feature “five things we have to be very, very careful about.”
First, Schumer insists that “the United States and the Western powers can inspect anywhere and anytime . . . unannounced.” Obama’s arrangement miserably fails this test.
Last April, General Hossein Salami, the Revolutionary Guards’ deputy chief,
inspectors from military bases. “Iran will not become a paradise of spies,” he thundered. “We will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy.”
On July 31, Ali Akbar Velayati, bolstered this point. As the Middle East Media Research Institute reported, this top aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, the entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector, to the sensitive military sites of the Islamic Republic is forbidden, no matter what.”
While Obama’s covenant lets inspectors visit non-military sites, Iran may stall them for 24 to 78 days — plenty of time to cover up anything fishy.
Under Obama’s agreement, the Iranian regime itself would collect soil samples at suspicious sites and supply them to inspectors. As Sen. John Barrasso, R–Wyo., explains, “It’s like asking an NFL player to mail in their own urine sample instead of the collection being done so you can verify what you’re getting is real.”
Not content to cheat after Congress has weighed Obama’s deal, "NBC Nightly News" White House correspondent Chris Jansing said Wednesday, “Reports tonight that satellite images show Iran cleaning up one of its military nuclear sites, destroying evidence.”
Second, “The sanctions in their first year reduced Iranian GDP by 6 percent, and Iran came to the table,” Schumer observed. “If sanctions had worked to bring them to the table, you don’t loosen them before they do anything. The sanctions are very important still.”
Most sanctions against Iran would vanish immediately. Moreover, Obama plans an Iranian bailout with $100 billion to $150 billion in unfrozen assets replenishing the vaults of the world’s No. 1 purveyor of radical Islamic terrorism.
What could go wrong?
Third, “How do sanctions snap back?” Schumer asked. “How automatic is it?”
Not very. Indeed, Obama’s deal would grandfather pre-snap-back
enterprises. They would be free to do business, even if snapped-back sanctions subsequently hindered commerce.
Fourth, “We have to know” about Iran’s previous or existing nuclear activities, Schumer insisted. Measuring Iran’s compliance without establishing an atomic baseline is as pointless as swallowing an anti-hypertension drug without first taking one’s blood pressure. How would you gauge progress?
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi could help develop that baseline. Alas, Tehran has spent five years preventing international inspectors from interviewing him and other Iranian atomic experts.
Fifth, “They have 10,000 kilograms of enriched uranium,” Schumer noted. “What’s going to happen with that uranium?”
Obama’s deal does cut that 11-ton stockpile to 300 kg (661 pounds). However, that restriction ends after 15 years.
Sixth, Schumer also declared in December 2013, “Democrats and Republicans are going to work to see that . . . Iran gives up not only all nuclear weapons, but all nuclear weapon capability, all enriched uranium, all the centrifuges, and all of the heavy-water plants at Arak.” While Obama’s transaction would neutralize
Arak, it otherwise violates Schumer’ own “pledge and … assurance”
on these other specifics.
Obama’s hopelessly naïve bargain is dreadful for America and Israel. It also defiles Schumer’s own standards. Thus, he should crush this dangerous swindle and help Democrats relegate it to the diplomatic Dumpster.
Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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