So we apparently have a deal which will curb Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions?
One of the most glaring issues I have with this deal is the fact that Israel is excluded from any discussions with or against the very nation that has consistently threatened it with annihilation with the very weapons under negotiation.
Read what DEBKAfile, an Israeli news source has to say about it:
debkafile’s intelligence and military sources list seven of the most glaring loopholes in the first-step accord:
1. Parchin: This long-suspected facility remains out of UN oversight. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry boasted after the signing that daily IAEA inspections will take place at Fordo and Natanz. However, cameras are already fixed at both those facilities without an agreement, whereas Tehran’s consistent denial of IAEA access to Parchin is not addressed.
2. Secret nuclear locations: Under the heading “Possible Military Dimensions,” the last IAEA report noted: “Since 2002, the Agency has become increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related organizations, including activities related to the development of a payload for a missile.”
The watchdog has received information indicating activities “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” This was further corroborated by new information obtained since November 2011.
Tehran’s non-cooperation for investigating these findings is not mentioned in the Geneva interim accord, nor was it addressed in the negotiations.
3. Dirty bombs: Iran doesn’t need a full-scale nuclear bomb or missile warhead for attacking Israel. For decades, Tehran has been working on perfecting hundreds of dirty bombs as part of its nuclear program, by adding plutonium or enriched uranium to conventional bombs. These weapons are easy to make and easy to use. In the hands of Hizballah or other Shiite terrorist organizations in Syria or Iraq, for instance, they could be used to strike Israel without leaving a trail to Tehran.
This peril too was ignored by the six powers in Geneva.
4. Rollback. While President Obama has presented the deal as a first step toward freezing or even rolling back “key aspects” of Iran’s nuclear program. The fact remains that, so long as Iran is permitted to enrich uranium, even though this is restricted to a low 5 percent grade, it is free to produce as much fissile material as it wants, whenever it wants. This seems more like roll forward than roll back.
5. Enrichment. Obama and Kerry said the new deal does not recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium. They were contradicted by the Iranian president and senior negotiator as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. So what is the truth? If Iran won recognition for this right, it blows the bottom out of the Non-Proliferating Treaty because, in no time, all the signatories may start enriching uranium with permission from the big powers. Neither is there any point in making Iran join the NPT’s Additional Protocol for snap inspections.
6. Centrifuges. Iran has undertaken not to add new centrifuges to its enrichment facilities, according to President Obama, but there is nothing to stop it from keeping up their production. In the six-month interregnum for negotiating a comprehensive nuclear deal, Tehran wins time to turn out enough centrifuges to substantially expand its production of enriched uranium.
7. A leap to breakout: Far from being static or in freeze, as the Americans claim, Iran is free to step up centrifuge production and boost its stock of 3.5 percent enriched uranium, thereby accumulating enough material to enhance its capacity for producing enough weapons-grade uranium to break through to a nuclear bomb rapidly enough to defy detection by the IAEA or Western intelligence until it is too late.
A nation facing a nuclear attack of annihilation is being asked by an American president to “trust me.” An American president who has seen fit to lie to his own people on a consistent basis for 4+ years now, and in the case of Obamacare, lies on a massive scale – lies that have seen the American trust in this president drop to less that 50%. Is this deal one of placing a liberal ideological agenda ahead of security commitments to a long term ally.
Is Secretary Kerry on a personal and opportunistic mission to place him in the White House one day soon? It’s been my observation over the years going back to Vietnam, that Kerry is that type of opportunistic national politician; one very unlike the John Kennedy we’ve heard so much of in recent days. John Kerry is no John Kennedy, nor is Barack Obama. What we need in these days is a leader with the qualities of a John Kennedy … a Ronald Reagan … A George H. W. Bush … or a George W. Bush.
This is a deal that smacks of presenting an image of American and Western weakness; or at least the appearance of weakness, to a nation that seeks nuclear weapons for evil purposes. History shows that such weakness, or even the appearance of weakness, encourages the deeds of evil-doers.
All the while, Israel is being backed into a defensive corner, and is being set up as the problem and the potential aggressor should things go badly wrong with this agreement.
I don’t expect any good to come from this agreement.
Don Johnson – November 2013