Tuesday, July 14, 2015

THE DEAL


Well the “deal” with Iran has finally been agreed upon by the 5+1 and Iran. It is over 100 pages long and no one can decide if it is good or bad without reading all of it.

By the way it is a “Deal” not a “Treaty” and for decades Presidents have used that terminology to bypass the Constitutional requirement for Congressional approval

I for one cannot at this time conceive it to be a good solution, but before coming to a more definitive opinion will have to wait the next few days to read what various columnists write and commentators say. Also to a lesser extent to take into account the political verbiage from Washington.

Iran is a rogue nation and is on an aggressive course for domination of the Muslim Mid East. Right now it needs money more than the nuclear bomb to accomplish its goals which ultimately include the destruction of Israel.

Russia supported Iran’s demands for the lifting of the ban on sales weapons and ballistic missiles to Iran. It too under Putin is a menace to our world and also needs the money from sale of arms.

This out of context excerpt from a “Foreign Policy” article of 7/14/15 is a readable analysis of the deal.
“Obama asserted in his remarks that once the deal expires, the United States will be in a stronger position to get tough if Iran strays. But of course, after a decade or so of sanctions relief, integration into the international community, enhanced interdependency with China and others, and likely continued efforts to expand its influence in the Middle East, it is far more likely that a decade from now Iran emerges as the party to the deal that is most greatly strengthened. For these reasons and based on Iran’s current activities in the region, it is also vital this president of the United States and, more importantly, his successor, work to ensure that Iran does not threaten regional stability in other ways that would essentially negate the security gains afforded by this agreement. If Iran continues to seek to destabilize the region, continues to sponsor proxies like Hezbollah that do so, continues to pose a direct threat to important U.S. allies from Israel to the Gulf, or worse, if it uses resources from this deal to increase those threats, then this deal will be seen as having missed the mark. Indeed, it will be seen as having missed the point altogether if tensions between Iran and its neighbors continue to rise, Iran is seen to gain permanently in places like Yemen, Iraq, and Syria, and the result is war or a perceived motivation on the part of some of those threatened to pursue their own paths toward proliferation.”

There is an editorial in  USA worth reading:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/14/iran-nuclear-deal-diplomacy-step-right-direction-column/30129545/ 

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