We Don’t Need No Stinking Deal

EditorialBy Gregory J. Welborn

Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry

Very few op-eds have been as easy to write as this one; in fact, seek the article almost wrote itself from the daily headlines of the last several days. The toughest thing for me to do was to come up with a catchy title. As for the article, well anyone who believes that Iran and the civilized world have a “deal” desperately needs to read this article. Everyone else can skip this page and move on to the movie reviews. As the grand, great, overweight, self-important, pompous, supreme, high mullah of Iran made painfully clear today, Iran doesn’t need no stinking deal, but if they did, it certainly wouldn’t be the deal President Obama is claiming his team has negotiated.

In the last several days since Secretary of State Kerry’s return from Switzerland, President Obama and his team have shifted into high gear and double overtime to convince America that the deal they’ve negotiated is not only the best possible deal we could get, but it’s actually good for America. The President has even gone so far as to steal some of the symbolism employed by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu in his U.N. presentation against the deal to argue in favor of the deal. But plagiarism of cute illustrations isn’t going to be enough, and so the President, as so often has been his practice, launched into misdirection and accusations to convince skeptical Americans that our only option is to appease the grand mullahs.

President Obama told America that, “when you hear the inevitable critics of the deal sound off, ask them a simple question: Do you really think that this verifiable deal, if fully implemented, backed by the world’s major powers, is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?” Before dissecting all that’s wrong with this, let me answer the question: Yeah, this deal is worse than another war, because this deal would bring about a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East!

In order for any deal to be good, let alone truly beneficial to perpetuating peaceful coexistence, the deal has to be mutually agreeable and verifiable. What Secretary Kerry brought home to President Obama as his legacy present fails on both counts. But we don’t need to take my word for that.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Today, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ripped into the U.S. and its western partners in comments he released on his Twitter account and on his official website. He made it absolutely clear that President Obama’s understanding of when sanctions would be released was not the same as his understanding of when sanctions would be released. Obama has relied heavily on the argument that the deal is good because Iran doesn’t get what it wants (economic relief) until it gives us what we want (implementation of key components). The Grand Poohbah of Iran said that the sanctions lift the minute Iran signs the deal. No efforts on their part, no verification of good faith gestures or even actual reductions in nuclear capability would be accepted as a condition.

That’s a hard enough stance to take, but Iran went one better. Today also, the country’s military head stated that access to Iran military facilities would not be granted to U.N. or any other international body’s inspectors. The geek squad is free to poke around the facilities Iran wants them to see, but anything else would be off limits.

Contrary to President Obama’s presentation of our false choice, the deal negotiated by Kerry-The-Intrepid doesn’t require Iran to do anything to reap their reward, and what it does require later can’t be verified because access to suspicious sites won’t be granted. I’m not Donald Trump, but even I can smell a bad deal like this one.

Beyond the asymmetry of the deal (we don’t get anything, they get everything) and the lack of verification (we can inspect only what they want to let us see), the deal, if signed, would be a disaster for a couple of other important reasons.

We need look no further than our experience with North Korea to learn that dictators who are determined to get a bomb won’t let a little thing like an international agreement stand in their way. President Clinton spent years negotiating a deal with North Korea only to have the Hermit Kingdom turn off the U.N. cameras, break through the crime scene tape the U.N. thought secured the nuclear facilities and build a bomb they agreed they wouldn’t build in order to get economic benefits from the U.S. Only an idiot would believe that a similar piece of paper would stop the mullahs from getting their bomb.

The second reason is much more practical. From what I can see (just now corroborated by no less than President Obama on television this week), Iran will have a bomb before the final details of the deal are worked out. We learned from Obama’s NPR interview that Iran is, as of right now, only two to three months away from “breaking out” – the period necessary to actually assemble a bomb. The deal, if implemented, is supposed to force Iran to stretch that out to one year.

Now, I’m pretty good in math, but it doesn’t take more than 5th grade skills to figure out that Iran will have a bomb before the “final” June 30th deadline for a final agreement. The date today is April 9. Three months from now, Iran will sign a deal and then detonate a nuclear bomb underground. Iran don’t need no stinking agreement.

The only thing that can stop this nightmare is a military strike to really set them back. Sadly, another war in the Middle East is inevitable. The only thing that’s negotiable is whether there’s going to be a nuclear holocaust. Let’s hope the Israelis are smarter and braver than our fearful leader.



Gregory J. Welborn is a freelance writer and has spoken to several civic and religious organizations on cultural and moral issues. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 3 children and is active in the community. He can be reached [email protected]/5l.com

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