The Hill Oped: History will not look kindly on ‘Chamberlain-esque’ Congress

October 18th, 2015
By failing to derail President Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal last month, the U.S. Congress became complicit in committing the worst foreign policy blunder of the 21st century.
Post-World War II historians have long marveled at the naiveté of Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in announcing his 1938 Munich Agreement with Adolf Hitler achieved “peace in our time.” It lasted eleven months as peace was only secured by fighting the world war Chamberlain’s peace failed to achieve.

The Iran nuclear deal will come back to haunt us. When it does, surviving pro-Iran deal congressional members who supported it will undoubtedly look to blame others.

Sadly, several Democratic members of Congress opted for blind party loyalty, embracing the agreement’s obvious national security flaws. This author’s efforts to explain the adverse national security impact—well before the vote—to one Democratic Party senator supporting the deal met with the response “we are not going to change our mind.” Partisanship should never trump national security.
Future historians will wonder what these pro-Iran deal congressional members were thinking when they cast their votes. If only a resolution accompanying their vote set out what they knew was being surrendered in terms of our national security. A model resolution might have included the following:
“We have read the agreement in full and, understanding its impact, believe it to be in U.S. national security interests despite having been denied review of parts of the agreement.
We make this determination with the absolute knowledge that this agreement:
1.  Defeats the initial intent of negotiations by ultimately providing Iran with a pathway for obtaining nuclear weapons—reversing a successful seven decade-long policy of U.S. non-proliferation and overwhelmingly being opposed (79%) by our constituents.
2.  Releases between $100-$150 billion dollars in Iranian assets, some of which will be used to fund terrorism as Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan boasts and as National Security Advisor Susan Rice acknowledges—thus making America complicit in funding terrorism.
 
3.  Lacks the “any place, any time” verification inspections Obama originally promised, assuring us we have “absolute knowledge” of such status—an assertion with which former CIA directors strongly disagree.
4.  Ignores Iran’s use of North Korean nuclear assets.
5.  Ignores evidence Iran is focusing on an Electromagnetic Pulse weapon—the impact of which can kill hundreds of millions of our constituents.
6.  Ignores a May 2015 IAEA report of “credible” evidence “Iran has carried out activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” 
7.  Ignores Iranian mullahs’ eschatological belief in the Mahdi’s return, resulting in an afterlife that instills in them no fear of U.S. nuclear retaliation.
8.  Was negotiated by Obama in hopes of making Iran a regional partner—a hope not shared by high-level Administration officials. 
9.  Allows a nation, constitutionally mandated to export its Islamic revolution globally, ultimately to become nuclear-armed to further pursue this mandate.
10. Ignores Iranian responsibility for more American military deaths than any country since the Vietnam war.
11. Ignores Iranian complicity in the bombing of the USS COLE in Yemen, Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and in the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. as has been adjudicated in civil courts resulting in $43 billion in court-ordered judgments against Iran to be paid to victims and their families.
12. Plays into Iran’s hands, as Ayatollah Khamenei reveals in his book “Palestine,” by focusing on Islam’s mandated destruction of Israel and the U.S. with “improved” weapons.
13. Strengthens Iran to inflict greater casualties against U.S. forces once Tehran’s aggression can no longer be ignored.
In announcing a nuclear agreement with Iran, Obama quoted President Kennedy who, referencing the need for U.S./U.S.S.R. discussions on nuclear weapons decades earlier, said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”
Ironically, Obama’s one-sided nuclear deal with Iran conveniently ignored a Kennedy caveat, “We cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.” Furthermore, Kennedy negotiated to contain the nuclear threat; Obama negotiated to increase it.
Kennedy drew the line against one-sided negotiations. Obama has crossed it. When America ultimately pays a heavy toll for his doing so, future historians will not look kindly upon the Neville Chamberlain-esque U.S. Senate that allowed it to happen.
The media claims this deal delivers President Obama “a legacy-making victory.” It is no “victory.” Iran’s soon-to-be-well-financed terrorist proxies will launch a new wave of aggression claiming freedom loving victims. This deal starts a newly funded killing game that will eventually reach nuclear proportions.

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