Does anyone with credibility like this deal Obama's team made with Iran? I'm not seeing much encouragement as I scan the news covering the subject.
Ask yourself this: What was so urgent about securing a deal that will allow Iran to pursue nuclear development in exchange for our releasing the sanctions? Did you do a double take on that formulation? You should have.
Nor did the administration even lift a finger in these negotiations to secure the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini, whom Iran has imprisoned based on entirely trumped-up charges. The administration said, "The P5+1 talks focused exclusively on nuclear issues." But as David French writes in National Review Online, "no, they did not. They also included 'humanitarian' discussions. Do we only care about the humanitarian needs of Iranians?"
From Obama's perspective, one thing is definitely more urgent than any foreign policy issue on the table: creating a serious enough diversion to slow down his free-falling approval ratings from the Obamacare rollout and insurance policy cancellations, which have exposed his deliberate deceit of the American people.
For the first time, a CNN poll shows that more than 50 percent of Americans do not believe Obama is "honest and trustworthy," and only some 40 percent believe he is an effective manager of the federal government. It gets worse. Fifty-six percent say the president is not admirable, does not reflect their opinions on important issues and does not inspire confidence.
So what are the "deal points" of this diversionary deal other than that it greatly reduces the long-standing and painful sanctions against Iran imposed by U.N. resolution and American law? Well, it now has a "right" to enrich uranium. Columnist and author Jed Babbin, a former deputy undersecretary of defense under George H.W. Bush who has reviewed the agreement, says that over the next six months, while we are supposed to be further negotiating, "Iran gives up very little." It is permitted to retain enough of its enriched uranium to produce rudimentary nuclear weapons.
But not to worry, we get to conduct inspections to ensure the process is not used for nefarious purposes. Except that the media are reporting that the deal requires fewer inspections than the International Atomic Energy Agency believes are necessary to ensure Iran isn't developing nuclear weapons.
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