Time and time again we have tried to rationalize with irrational people, and time and time again it has not worked. When a nation’s supreme leader chants, “death to America, death to Israel and death to the Jews” we don’t make a deal. This past summer, we were able to witness what many people, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, referred to as one of the Obama’s administration biggest failures, which in the future will gravely affect the United States and Israel.
For those who are passionate about making a deal with Iran, realize that rejecting this deal, under no circumstances, means that the United States won’t be able to have a deal in the future. By affirming the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the Iran nuclear deal, the United States is limited to the horrendous deal that was recently negotiated, putting US foreign policy in yet another more dangerous spot than we were before this was signed.
President Obama legitimizes the Iran deal by saying that the alternative is war. in a speech he delivered at American University on August 5, he said just that. Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong.
The only alternative isn’t war. For support on this contention, look to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
“Building broad international support for a better deal will take time and determination, but that has been the case throughout the past twenty years,” AIPAC says. “With clear objectives, coordination with our regional allies, and sustained pressure, the United States can negotiate a better deal to truly stop Iran’s nuclear weapons quest.”
Furthermore, Congress has the complete authority to reject the deal. Let’s look to historical precedence of such actions taken by Congress. Mark Dubowitz, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains that in over 300 international treaties, Congress rejected the deal because of crucial amendments that needed to be made. Let’s not rush to put something into action that doesn’t satisfy the needs with which we sat at the negotiating table.
Moreover, if we negotiate with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, we’re essentially negotiating with terrorists. President Obama’s OWN state department classifies Iran as the world’s foremost sponsor of global terrorism. What happened to the US policy of, “not negotiating with terrorists?” Let me tell you where it went—it’s gone down the drain.
In late 2014, during the time when the US was conducting airstrikes on the Islamic State (ISIS), two American journalists were captured—Steven Sotloff and James Folley. When they were taken, their families worked tirelessly to raise ransom to pay for their release. Consequently, the United States’ government threatened to prosecute the families for their efforts. Almost a year later, US policy has transitioned to negotiating with one of the most prominent sponsors of terrorism and mass murder globally.
In 1994, Iran backed the one of the most deadly terror attacks in the world prior to 9/11, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The attack targeted one of the largest Jewish community centers in Argentina—AMIA. This horrific attack was carried out by Hezbollah, and left 85 dead as well as over 200 wounded and injured. So why don’t we talk about Hezbollah for a second?
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) estimates that the Iranian regime has supplied approximately 100,000 rockets and missiles to its terror proxy Hezbollah. AIPAC estimates that because of this deal, the Iranian regime will receive an estimated $150 billion USD in sanctions relief. So let me pose the question: if Ayatollah Khamenei has already demonstrated that he is both capable and willing to sponsor terrorism, where will most of the money go? Is it going to go to repairing the horrible sanitation crisis and infrastructure situation in Iran? Is it going to go to building more schools and improving education? No, I don’t think it will go to improving the lives of Iranians.
Ultimately, realize that this deal does not improve the Iranian status quo and most definitely does not bolster US foreign policy. So I urge policy makers to come to the same conclusion I have. The alternative of this deal is not war like the Obama administration wants to make you believe, and by affirming this deal, you are fueling a regime that sponsors terrorism worldwide, proliferates anti-American, anti-Semitic, and anti-Zionist sentiment throughout the region and wants nothing more than to wipe both America and Israel off of the map.