Iran Deal 2, Don't Go Back Joe, It Was A Mistake The First Time, This Time A Bigger One
by Gary Polland on December 1, 2020 at 4:23 PM
At least two respected experts say no to resurrecting the Iran deal.
We now have the benefit of hindsight from former National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster who recently commented. We removed sanctions and paid Iran billions. What do they do? "They applied that money to intensify violence and across the region in an effort to put a (hostile) proxy army on the border of Israel." He called the 2016 deal a political disaster masquerading as a diplomatic triumph.
Former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate and Senator Joe Lieberman echoed those comments, calling the original deal cemented with pallets of cash sent to Iran a "mistake" and said the U.S. would be better off applying maximum pressure on the Iranian radical Islamic government.
Few people are aware of just how bad the Obama Iran deal really was.
- The expiration dates: The agreement anticipated the "conclusion of consideration of the Iran nuclear issue by the U.N. Security Council 10 years after the Adoption Day...Iran would be free to build nuclear weapons with no objections from anyone.
- The delay in inspections: The JCPOA contained the provision that Iran could delay requested International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections for up to 24 days - ample time to clean up for the inspectors.
- The removal of sanctions: The JCPOA was quite definite about removing all economic sanctions on Iran. This included the removal of sanctions that had originally been intended to be removed only when Iran definitively gave up its nuclear program.
- The lack of any consequences for breaking the agreement.
- Americans were not to be allowed to inspect Iran's nuclear sites.
- Iran could inspect its own sites: "Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work."
- No limits on ballistic missile development by Iran.
- No restrictions on the funding of terror groups around the world.
These terms were easy on Iran. What exactly did the rest of the world get out of this agreement? An increasingly bellicose Iran.