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Opinion: Iran Nuke Deal at Best A 15-Year Ceasefire

No deal is better than this deal with Iran. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Can Iran be trusted? Or is it talk now, fight later? Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The framework agreement reached last week between the major world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program has been hailed by US President Barack Obama as preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. To some degree, he is correct—for now. But key fine-print in the deal unfortunately paints a picture in which the world leaders have obtained today’s peace in exchange for tomorrow’s warfare. And it could prove to be worse than ever.

Hailed by the world powers as “historic”, the Iran nuke deal instead recalls a historic mistake—the Versailles treaty that ended World War I. The leader of the Allied Armies, Ferdinand Foch—according to About.com—believed the treaty didn’t properly prevent Germany from starting a new war. He famously said of the deal, “This is not peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.” World War II started almost exactly 20 years later.

And so it is for this Iran agreement if it is finalized as it appears today—it’s not peace, it’s a 15-year ceasefire at best. Here’s why. … Continue Reading

Iran Nuke Deal in Place that Would ‘Threaten Israel’s Survival’

April 2, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The major world powers achieved a framework nuclear agreement with Iran that will roll back Iran’s nuclear program for at least 10 years, but that could also put Israel at serious risk. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his phone call with US President Barack Obama after the deal was announced, said in comments released by his office, “A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel… This deal would legitimize Iran’s nuclear program, bolster Iran’s economy, and increase Iran’s aggression and terror throughout the Middle East and beyond.”

The agreement, which still must be fleshed out into a comprehensive deal by the end of June, requires that Iran temporarily cut down its stockpile and production capabilities of nuclear fuel, in exchange for sanctions relief. The plan, released by the White House, claims it will push back Iran’s timeframe for developing a nuclear weapon—known as a ‘breakout’—from the current two-to-three months to 1 year or more for at least the next decade. Notably, the plan did not say what Iran’s breakout time would be after the 10 years of extensive restrictions on Iran expire. … Continue Reading

Obama Vows to Veto Bill Allowing Congress to Review Iran Nuke Deal

Obama threatens to say 'No' to Congress on Iran. US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

Obama threatens to say ‘No’ to Congress over Iran. US President Obama. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

The administration of US President Barack Obama is working with major world powers to formulate a negotiated settlement on Iran’s nuclear program, but there’s one party the President doesn’t want at the table: the US Congress. Members of the American legislature, which passed a number of sanctions on Iran over the latter’s illegal nuclear program that would be eventually removed in a deal, proposed a bill last week that would require President Obama to submit an agreement with Iran to Congressional review before rolling back sanctions.

But The Hill reported that on Saturday a spokesperson for Obama’s administration made it clear such a bill, which received public backing from multiple members of Obama’s own political party, would be vetoed by the President. A key reason given is that the negotiations are in their final stretch, and such a Congressional bill would be a “complicating” factor in the talks. But an originator of the bill pointed out that without Congressional input, Obama alone will decide America’s decision on Iran. … Continue Reading

Think Tank: Iran Nuclear Work ‘Poses A Challenge’ to Negotiated Safeguard

February 22, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Iran is researching technology that could enable them to partly reverse a process used to convert medium-grade nuclear fuel into peaceful medical use, according to a new report from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog. In light of the above, a think tank is recommending questions be answered about this move to determine if it’s undermining the agreement in place to prevent Iran from expanding it’s nuclear capabilities. That arrangement, the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), was put in place while a long-term nuclear deal is being negotiated with major world powers.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) released a report on their website analyzing the latest review on Iran’s nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The review noted that while Iran had made one step to reduce concerns they are working around the JPA, a new effort could help them recover research-grade nuclear material that was supposed to be cut down as part of the plan. … Continue Reading

Obama Says Iran Needs ‘To Make A Decision’ in Nuke Talks

Obama telling Israel to back down on Iran. US President Obama (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (right). Israel talking to world about Iran. Illustrative. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama telling Israel to back down on Iran. US President Obama (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (right). Israel talking to world about Iran. Illustrative. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Amidst all the reports and claims by the sides that Iran and the major world powers have narrowed their gaps in their nuclear talks, US President Barack Obama made it clear that the time has come for Iran to choose whether or not they actually want to make a deal. “The issues now are sufficiently narrowed and sufficiently clarified where we’re at point where they need to make a decision,” said Obama in a press conference posted to the White House website. “…We now know enough that the issues are no longer technical. The issues now are, does Iran have the political will and the desire to get a deal done?”

Iran leadership weren’t the only ones getting questioned by Obama, however. He also leveled a not-so-subtle hint that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shouldn’t be talking to Congress about Iran right now. An American newspaper, The New York Sun, took major issue with that—linking the move to the silencing of the Czechs in the talks with Nazi Germany right before World War II. … Continue Reading

Israel Opposes Reported Iran Nuke Deal while Iran Gloats

Really moderate, or just for show? Iranian President Rouhani. Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

Really moderate, or just for show? Iranian President Rouhani. Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted little time in making clear his nation’s opposition to the reported compromise American is willing to make in a nuclear deal with Iran. In comments published by his office on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, “Israel will oppose this deal, which is dangerous to us, dangerous to the region, dangerous to the world.” While Israel doesn’t like this arrangement, Iran sounds like they do.

The statements come after The Jerusalem Post, citing Israel radio, reported that the US is open to allowing the Iranians to keep 6,500 centrifuges—machines used in the process of turning uranium into nuclear fuel—if the Iranians work to keep the Middle East quiet. Iran is a major sponsor of regional terrorism and is helping the Syrian regime stay afloat in their civil war. … Continue Reading

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