In my post in May, Obama Legitimatizes the Iranian and Cuban Dictatorships, http://williamcinfici.blogspot.com/2015/06/obama-legitimatizes-iranian-and-cuban.html, in which I commented on the preliminary deal between Iran and all of the Great Powers, including the United States, as well as Germany, to eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program, I noted that other critics had pointed out the deal’s numerous flaws. Now that the details of the Obama Administration’s final agreement have been announced, there are even more concessions to
and worse flaws.
As other critics have analyzed the deal thoroughly, it is necessary to make only a few general observations. In the first place, it is not only futile, but counterproductive to the interests of the
to legitimize an untrustworthy dictatorship by engaging in negotiations with
it, especially one that is terrorist-sponsoring, such as the Iranian regime. As I have noted in other posts, such
negotiations confer diplomatic legitimacy, which is a propaganda victory for
the dictatorship and a loss of morale for political prisoners and other
dissidents who are subjected to its tyranny.
As this deal with
Iran will thereby boost its terrorism-sponsoring
capability, it will allow the Islamic Republic to provide more aid its main
ally, Bashar Assad’s Baathist regime of Syria, another state-sponsor of
terrorism. Combined with the Obama
Administration’s lackluster effort at balancing the need to fight both al-Qaeda
and “Islamic State” Islamist terrorists in Syria with the necessity of
replacing Assad with an ally in the War on Terrorism, the deal suggests the
Administration has given up on any serious effort to overthrow Assad.
The nuclear deal also rewards
for its nuclear weapons program because it allows the ending of economic
sanctions unrelated to its nuclear program, specifically those in regard to
terrorism and ballistic missile technology, the latter of which can be used to
deliver nuclear warheads. Iran already can reach Europe
and is known to be developing even longer-range missiles.
Therefore, the message the deal sends is that the way for even rogue states to obtain what they want from the
and the other Great Powers, in terms of diplomatic legitimacy or concessions,
is to develop a nuclear weapons program.
It was obvious also that the Obama Administration wanted a deal with
Iran, because it had no stomach for
war or it sought the glory of a diplomatic achievement. The Islamic Republic effectively exploited
this tactical weakness to its benefit.
Conservatives must urge Congress to reject the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, as well as to strengthen economic sanctions against the Iranian regime, support more comprehensive and effective policies to roll back Iranian-inspired Islamist revolution, to oppose more rigorously those terrorists sponsored by Iran and its allies, and to support more strongly policies in support of liberty for the Iranian people. Such policies, coupled with a credible military threat, would better deter the Iranian regime from obtaining a nuclear weapon.