Who Is Helping Iran’s Hard-Liners?
August 6, 2015
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the
American public rejects the president’s Iran deal by more than 2 to
1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on
major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal.
What happened? People learned what’s in it.
And don’t be fooled by polls that present, as fact, the
administration’s position in the very question . The Post/ABC poll assures
the respondent that, for example, “international inspectors would
monitor Iran’s facilities, and if Iran is caught breaking the agreement
economic sanctions would be imposed again. Do you support or oppose this
Well, if you put it that way, sure. But it is precisely
because these claims are so tendentious and misleading that public — and
congressional — opinion is turning.
Inspections? Everyone now knows that “anytime,
anywhere” — indispensable for a clandestine program in a country twice the
size of Texas with a long history of hiding and cheating — has
been changed to “You’ve got 24 days and then we’re coming in for
a surprise visit.” New York restaurants, observed
Jackie Mason, get more intrusive inspections than the Iranian nuclear
Snapback sanctions? Everyone knows that once the
international sanctions are lifted, they are never coming back. Moreover,
consider the illogic of President Obama’s argument. The theme of his
American University speechWednesday was that the only alternative to what he
brought back from Vienna is war because sanctions — even the more severe
sanctions that Congress has been demanding — will never deter the Iranians.
But if sanctions don’t work, how can you argue that the Iranians will now be
deterred from cheating by the threat of . . . sanctions?
Snapback sanctions, mind you, that will inevitably be weaker and more
loophole-ridden than the existing ones.
And then came news of the secret
side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy
Agency. These concern past nuclear activity and inspections of the Parchin
military facility where Iran is suspected of having tested nuclear
We don’t know what’s in these side deals. And we will
never know, says the administration. It’s “standard practice,” you see,
for such IAEA agreements to remain secret.
Well, this treaty is not standard practice. It’s the most
important treaty of our time. Yet, Congress is asked to ratify this “historic
diplomatic breakthrough” (Obama) while being denied access to the heart of the
Congress doesn’t know what’s in these side agreements,
but Iran does. Andjust
this past Monday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to the supreme leader,
declared that “entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden.”
One secret side deal could
even allow Iran to provide its own soil samples (!) from Parchin. And
imagery shows Iran bulldozing and sanitizing Parchin as we speak. The
verification regime has turned comic.
This tragicomedy is now in the hands of Congress or, more
accurately, of congressional Democrats. It is only because so many Democrats are
defecting that Obama gave the AU speech in the first place. And why he tried so
mightily to turn the argument into a partisan issue — those warmongering
Republicans attacking a president offering peace in our time. Obama stooped low,
accusing the Republican caucus of making “common cause” with the Iranian
“hard-liners” who shout “Death to America.”
Forget the gutter ad hominem. This is delusional. Does
Obama really believe the Death-to-America hard-liners are some kind of KKK
fringe? They are the government, for God’s sake — the entire state apparatus
of the Islamic Republic from the Revolutionary Guards to the supreme leader
Ayatollah Khamenei who for decades have propagated, encouraged
and applaudedthose very same “Death to America” chants.
Common cause with the Iranian hard-liners? Who more than
Obama? For years, they conduct a rogue nuclear weapons program in defiance of
multiple Security Council declarations of its illegality backed by sanctions and
embargoes. Obama rewards them with a treaty that legitimates their entire
nuclear program, lifts the embargo on conventional weapons and ballistic
missiles and revives an economy — described by Iran’s president as headed
back to “the Stone Age” under sanctions — with an injection of up to $150
billion in unfrozen assets, permission for the unlimited selling of oil and full
access to the international financial system.
With this agreement, this repressive, intolerant,
aggressive, supremely anti-American regime — the chief exporter of terror in
the world — is stronger and more entrenched than it has ever been.
Common cause, indeed.