More than one month ago, it was reported that the culmination of 20 months of negotiations resulted in a nuclear deal with Iran.
When negotiations first began to take place, the United States mandated that the country obliterate its nuclear infrastructure. When Iran refused, we should have walked away immediately and told them that dissentions would continue until they complied. But rather, we made one concession after another.
This is beyond illogical, categorically irresponsible and downright reckless.
We cannot trust Iran.
Recently, retired Staff Sgt. Robert Bartlett spoke out against the deal in a television ad saying, “Every politician who is involved in this will be held accountable. They will have blood on their hands.”
This deal, even at first glance, demonstrates the weaknesses of our leadership and indicates that we don’t have anything to fear from Iran.
Mike Huckabee, a 2016 presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas, who is in staunch opposition of this deal, said, “The Iran nuclear deal is a horrific, humiliating handout that rewards the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism with money, power, global recognition and a path to a nuclear bomb.”
Through the concessions of this deal, we can clearly see the evidence of the fact that the Iranian government knowingly took full advantage of our administration.
Benjamin Weinthall of FOX News said that Iran “will get an estimated $150 billion in sanctions relief payments. … The nuclear deal ensures that it will be business as usual for Iran.”
In the midst of the conversations being had, it is inexcusable that only few people seem to be mentioning the persistent detention of four Americans, whose fates are still uncertain.
According to USA Today, President Barack Obama and U.S. diplomats are working to gain the release of the detainees. Negotiations with Iran, though, do not suggest that this is in fact the case. The Obama administration has even identified Iran as a serial human rights abuser in its annual human rights report.
But we didn’t fight for the release at the table.
Human rights should have motivated this discussion. Instead, it was limited to the discussion on the prevention of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, which is exactly what this deal is empowering this country to do.
This situation continues to unfold as the Associated Press recently reported that the Nuclear Deal allows Iran to use its own inspectors to investigate its sites. In simple terms, we are allowing Iranains to protect the facilities in which they will build their bombs.
When the International Atomic Energy Agency spoke about the nuclear deal, it said, “As said previously by the Agency, the separate arrangements of the road map are safeguards confidential; we have a legal obligation to protect them and we cannot discuss or comment on their contents.”
Republican House Speaker John Boehner commented in response to the statement above arguing, “Why haven’t these secret side agreements been provided to Congress and the American people for review? Why should Iran be trusted to carry out its own nuclear inspections at a military site if it tried to hide from the world?”
As long as Iran holds this power, America is not the only free nation that will be affected by this deal. Even now, at the onset of this deal, the Middle East, especially Israel, is already in grave danger of suffering the repercussions of Iran’s actions.
With bipartisan opposition to this nuclear deal, it is imperative that we stop capitulating to the demands of a country that does not deserve to be making demands to begin with.
Instead of removing economic and oil sanctions on Iran, we should be imposing even greater suffocating sanctions with our first priority being the protection of American lives.
Lauren Konkol is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.