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Why I Oppose the Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, September 8, 2015 | comments
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A couple of years ago, regarding nuclear negotiations with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “No deal is better than a bad deal.”  Now, Secretary Kerry informs us that we as a nation have “a choice between” the deal the Obama Administration reached with Iran or “war and military action.”

So, what happened to walking away from the negotiations if we couldn’t reach a deal with favorable terms?  The answer, in my opinion, is fairly simple. 

The Obama Administration was so desperate for a deal that not reaching one was never really an option.  Secretary Kerry’s 2013 comments were merely talking points, aimed at assuring a wary American public that the Administration would never accept a “bad deal.”

Well, now they have.  It would have been more accurate for Kerry to say: “We absolutely must reach a deal, but we’ll try to reach the least offensive deal possible.”

The problem is Iran’s negotiators knew it.  Heck, the whole world knew it.  And in negotiations, when the other side knows you are desperate to reach a deal, you’re in a heap of trouble.  The result is almost always a heavily one-sided deal.  And that’s just what the Iran deal is.

There isn’t room in this column to detail every negative aspect of the Iran deal, so I’ll highlight a few of its most egregious failings. 

Let’s start with what Iran gets. 

First, rather than actually getting rid of their nuclear program, Iran is permitted under the deal to retain a vast nuclear enrichment capacity, which will allow them to obtain a nuclear bomb in unacceptably short order.  And contrary to earlier promises from the Administration, there are no anytime, anywhere inspections to determine whether Iran is cheating.  Incredibly, Iran is even allowed to block inspectors from military sites.

Next, under the deal, existing economic sanctions are lifted, giving Iran, the chief supporter of terrorism around the globe, access to approximately $150 billion in frozen assets.   A significant chunk of that money will likely end up in the hands of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Quds Force, making them even more dangerous.

Even more troubling, the deal lifts the arms and ICBM embargo, meaning that Iran will be able to acquire intercontinental ballistic technology from Russia.  If that happens, this deal will not only threaten the safety of our allies in the region, especially Israel, but will also make American cities, including Cincinnati, vulnerable to a nuclear attack.

What did the U.S. get in return?  Not much.

The Obama Administration got a deal, which was their top (and perhaps only) priority.  And that’s about it.  We didn’t even secure the release of the four American hostages being held in Iran, which is beyond ridiculous.


Ultimately, I agree with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and John Kerry from 2013) that there is an alternative to this deal.  And that is … a better deal, or no deal at all.


I would scrap this deal and strengthen existing sanctions to pressure the Iranian government into accepting more agreeable terms.  That’s why I’ve joined a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate in opposing this deal.

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