October 24, 2021

IRAN VIOLATED THE NUCLEAR ACCORD

OBAMA BROKE THE CONSTITUTIONPresident Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran reached in July 2015 was denounced by this writer and many others as a terrible deal since giving Iran billions in sanctions relief was a serious mistake. In the early stages of the nuclear agreement, Iran is expected to gain access to as much as $100 billion of its oil revenues that have been frozen in overseas. The Iranian regime supports terrorists from Hezbollah and Hamas and other terror groups in the Middle East. With billions given Iran, it will bring havoc in the region. The mullah regime is an existential threat to Israel, our European allies, and to our nation.

Obama’s appeasement with Iran has made war inevitable in the near future. This writer predicted that Iran would not comply with the nuclear accord and would continue to improve its missiles to deliver nuclear weapons. Sadly, this is exactly what has happened! In October 2015, Iran launched an Emad rocket in violation of the nuclear agreement. A month later, in a further act of defiance, Iran fired a second missile.

Barack Obama is the president who has committed the most crimes in history, including high treason, dereliction of duty, and criminal negligence in Libya. From the very beginning of his presidency, he has shown contempt for the Constitution and laws of this country. In 2001 Obama said that “the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties full of constrains imposed upon us by our Founding Fathers.” Obama hates those “constraints” since he wants to govern in a dictatorial manner. Bypassing the Senate on the Iranian nuclear deal violated the Constitution.

The agreement with Iran made by Obama was a treaty which, according to the Constitution, needed the approval of 2/3 of the Senate. The Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration violated the Constitution. No matter what President Obama may say about his right to do executive international agreements or deals, he does not have the authority to negotiate treaties with other nations without the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. Article 2 Section 2 of the Constitution is very clear. It says that “the president shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided that two thirds of the Senators present concur.”

Obama called the negotiation with Iran and other countries “a deal” or, as the agreement is formally known as, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). However, this “deal or accord” is still a treaty that needed the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. The negotiation process of the JCPOA was conducted by representatives of Iran and the global powers known as the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States — plus Germany). The make matters worse, Obama took the agreement to the United Nations Security Council and it was quickly ratified before Congress had the opportunity to study the accord. What a horrible precedent to take a treaty involving our national security to the United Nations (U.N.)! This is one more step towards a planetary government by which our beloved country will lose its sovereignty, Constitution, wealth, and freedom.

The Republican majority in Congress made a big mistake by not following the Constitution and allowing the president to impose an illegal procedure that required a 2/3 vote to stop Obama’s shameful agreement. Republicans should have fought strongly against the Democrats in the Senate who placed Obama’s legacy above all other considerations, including the security of the nation.

World peace and a stable Middle East took a back seat among Senate Democrats who wanted to please the traitor who lives in the White House. Americans should remember the names of all the many irresponsible Democratic members of Congress who supported the dangerous Iran deal and vote each of them out of office in November 2016.

Iran views the United States as the “Great Satan” and its number one enemy

A New York Times article reported on September 2, 2015 that hard-liners in Iran, who run the regime, still consider the United States as the “Great Satan” and its number one enemy. Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of the radical Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, stated that plans are underway to expand the reach of Iran’s missiles and warned that despite the nuclear deal, America was still the “same Great Satan.”

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is the commander of an army of about 300,000 soldiers, not including reservists. The IRGC is the most powerful part of the regime’s security forces, which controls many aspects of the regime, from the country’s missile systems to the Basij militia.

General Jafari criticized Iranian regime officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, who want to improve relations with the United States. He stated the following: “What causes even greater concern is that with this simple-minded attitude these people believe that we need to choose another path and should change our behavior. The enemy has now resorted to using soft political and economic power. The answer to these kinds of threats after the deal could be for the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to adopt a revolutionary and clearer stance.” General Jafari told a group of military figures to prepare for new American threats and advised Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to do the same.

General Jafari and his military commanders have shown great concern over possible constraints of the Iran’s missile program, under a provision of the nuclear agreement. The agreement calls for limits on the missiles, which are regarded as vital to Iran’s military strategy. General Jafari said the range of missiles — now 2,000 kilometers, about 1,242 miles — would be increased. Obviously, developing long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), as Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer reminded us, is not directed against his country. It is directed against the United States and its European allies. Obama needs to deploy the anti-missile system that he cancelled in Poland and the Czech Republic and deploy a better one to protect the U.S. mainland.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly warned that any new sanctions imposed by the United States including in relation to Iran’s missile program, would violate the nuclear agreement.

The Basij militia of thousands of young men enforces domestic order and is used to attack anyone who protests against the Islamic terrorist regime and wants democracy. Reporting to the Supreme Leader, the IRGC is listed by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization — and also maintains an extensive business empire in Iran. The support of the IRGC and the Basij will be crucial to the Islamic Republic’s hopes of suppressing a popular revolt against the tyrannical regime.

Bellicose statements were made after Obama signed the nuclear accord by Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, the IRGC’s top commander in Tehran province, and Mohammad Yazdi, the head Assembly of Experts. This should have alerted the incompetent President Obama that the United States is seen as Iran’s Number One enemy. It also should have alerted Obama that Iran would soon violate the long-negotiated agreement.

Moreover, General Jafari said that he intends to increase the range of Iran’s missiles by developing long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles in spite of the fact that such an action would violate the signed nuclear deal. Obviously, the intention is to reach targets in the United States and Europe.

On December 31, 2015, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Iran Vows to Speed Up Ballistic-Missile Program, Casting Fresh Doubts on Nuclear Accord.” The article explained that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered his defense minister to expedite development of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile program in response to the weak new U.S. sanctions set to be imposed on Iranian defense companies and individuals.

On December 31, 2015, Rouhani wrote a letter to the defense minister stating the following: “Apparently the United States government is considering adding new individuals and institutions to the list of previous oppressive sanctions. It is necessary to continue with greater speed and seriousness the plan for the production of various missiles needed by the Armed Forces within the approved defense policies.” Rouhani’s comments were made on his official Twitter account creating fresh doubts on the prospects for America and Iran to successfully implement the landmark nuclear agreement reached in July 2015.

An Iranian Emad rocket was launched in violation of the nuclear agreement in October 2015.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei violated the nuclear accord signed with the United States and other countries by conducting two missile tests. In a further act of defiance, Rouhani said Iran will not accept any limitations on its missile program.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration has stated that it could begin removing sanctions on Iran as early as January 2016 since that country has begun taking steps to roll back its nuclear program. The Obama administration told Congress that it was planning concurrently to impose new sanctions on Iranian defense firms and officials following the two ballistic missile tests conducted by Tehran over the past three months in violation of the nuclear accord. The Obama administration has long said that the nuclear agreement does not prevent the United States from imposing sanctions on Iranian or other nations, companies, and individuals involved in missile development, as well as those that support international terrorism and human rights abuses. The Treasury Department was preparing to blacklist and sanction about one dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates for their role in supporting the Iranian missile program.

The new sanctions by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control were going to target a United Arab Emirates-based company called Mabrooka Trading Co LLC. According to the Treasury, Mabrooka’s China and United Arab Emirates-based networks “have been involved in procuring goods for Iran’s ballistic missile program.” The sanctions would forbid the United States or foreign nationals from conducting business with the blacklisted firms, as well as freeze any assets the companies or individuals hold inside the American financial system.

The Wall Street Journal reported that part of the justification for the sanctions is the ongoing ties between Iran and North Korea, including the alleged purchase of components from a North Korean firm and the dispatching of Iranian technicians to North Korea since 2013 to develop a rocket booster. This alliance between Iran and North Korea is very dangerous and represents a major threat to the security of the United States and its European allies.

The Wall Street Journal explained that Rouhani said that such sanctions are illegal and that Iran will take steps to retaliate, including accelerating the pace of its missile program. The Iranian president stated the following: “If U.S. continues its illegitimate interference with Iran’s right to defend itself, a new program will be devised to enhance missile capabilities. We have never negotiated regarding our defense capabilities including our missile program and will not accept any restrictions in this regard.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly warned that any new sanctions imposed by the U.S., including in relation to Tehran’s missile program, would violate the nuclear agreement.

Those statements made by the Ayatollah Khamenei and by Rouhani scared our weak and indecisive Commander-in-Chief and he backed away from his proposed weak sanctions. Shamefully, Obama said the sanctions would be delayed while Secretary of State is negotiating again with the Iranians. Secretary of State Kerry has been in nearly constant contact with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, for several days. The Iranians consider the United State to be a “paper tiger” and must be laughing at Obama for his weakness and fear that Iran would walk away from his “legacy” nuclear deal. How would Obama admit that he was a fool and was taken advantage by the mullahs? How would he admit that his critics were right?

The missile-related sanctions would have been the first since the July 2015 agreement was reached. During the nuclear negotiations the United States and the other nations tried to construct the deal in a way that would allow a range of lighter sanctions for smaller breaches of the accord.

However, these two violations are not “smaller breaches” of the accord since improving the range of the Iranian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) presents an imminent threat to the security of the United States and its European allies. Critics of the nuclear deal have argued that Iranian hardball tactics would force America to choose between repeatedly overlooking smaller infractions or risking a major confrontation with Tehran that could cripple the deal.

On October 2015, officials from France, United Kingdom, and Germany backed the United States call for the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions committee to take action over the missile test. One European diplomat said on December 31, 2015 that the tests clearly breached two existing U.N. resolutions, including the Security Council decision of July 2015 endorsing the nuclear deal. The European countries should match the proposed weak United States sanctions, but diplomats said that was unlikely. Thus, the European allies of the United States, in their strong desire to do business with Iran, are showing immense weakness and appeasing that nation.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out that “the recent two Iranian missile tests and the U.N. ruling that they violated Security Council resolutions threaten what had already been a fragile rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran in the aftermath of the nuclear deal.” In a further sign of increased tension, Commander Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said on December 30, 2015 that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards naval forces had recently conducted a test of unguided rockets about 1,500 yards from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the narrow Strait of Hormuz.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards naval forces conducted a test of unguided rockets about 1,500 yards from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out that “the recent two Iranian missile tests and the U.N. ruling that they violated Security Council resolutions threaten what had already been a fragile rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran in the aftermath of the nuclear deal.” In a further sign of increased tension, Commander Kyle Raines, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said on December 30, 2015 that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards naval forces had recently conducted a test of unguided rockets about 1,500 yards from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the narrow Strait of Hormuz.

Commander Raines stated the following: “Iran’s actions were highly provocative. Firing weapons so close to the passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an international recognize maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional, and inconsistent with international maritime law.”

The Revolutionary Guards denied such an action saying Iranian ships were not conducting tests in the area. Tests, military exercises, and detentions of ships around the crucial Strait of Hormuz have often taken place during times of heightened tensions between Iran and the United States. Approximately a third of the world’s oil trade goes through the narrow Strait of Hormuz.

Secretary of State John Kerry said that Iran had shipped about 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium to Russia, including almost all of its 20%-enriched uranium. Iranian officials said they received about 140 tons of minimally processed yellowcake uranium from Russia in exchange. How does he know? Did the United States have officials verify this claim?

White House is denounced for its retreat from proposed sanctions to penalize Iran for its missile tests

In a most shameful abrupt reversal, President Obama is delaying his proposed weak sanctions on Tehran over its overt violation of the nuclear accord missile program by firing two recent intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Members of Congress from both parties criticized the president for the delay, warning that the move would embolden Iran to further destabilize the Middle East and continue to violate de nuclear deal with complete immunity.

Jay Solomon wrote an article titled “Lawmakers Blast Delay on Iran Sanctions” which was published in the Wall Street Journal on January 2, 2016. He explained that “Senior U.S. officials have told members of Congress that the sanctions were delayed because of evolving diplomatic work between the White House and the Iranian government.” Members of Congress, including White House Democratic Party allies, said they believed failing to respond to Iran’s two recent ballistic missile tests would diminish the United States’ and the West’s ability to enforce the nuclear agreement reached between global powers and Tehran in July 2015.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons from Delaware, who voted for the terrible nuclear accord, said the following: “I believe in the power of vigorous enforcement that pushes back on Iran’s bad behavior. If we don’t do that, we invite Iran to cheat. I’m awaiting a clearer explanation, and hoping they’ll be taking action.”

Solomon pointed out that critics of the White House accused Obama of backing down on his promises to take action in the face of Iranian provocations such as missile launches. The sanctions would have been the first imposed on Iran since the nuclear agreement was reached in July. American and European officials said that, if imposed, they would test whether the Ayatollah Khamenei was serious about backing away from the deal.

To show more defiance, Iranians fired rockets 1,500 yards from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Strait of Hormuz which should be considered a major provocation and possibly an act of war. How would Iranians respect Obama when our weak president failed to follow through on threats to launch military strikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in 2013 in response to its use of chemical weapons against civilians? Obama ignored his own red line and showed the world that his words are empty threats.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner, has also backed the deal while calling for its vigorous enforcement. Mrs. Clinton needs to speak now about the lack of enforcement of Obama.

Wall Street Journal editorial

On January 2, 2016 an editorial in the Wall Street Journal criticized Obama’s actions with Iran. It said the following:

“President Obama imagined he could end his second term with an arms-control detente with Iran the way Ronald Reagan did with the Soviet Union. It looks instead that his nuclear deal has inspired Iran toward new military aggression and greater anti-American hostility.

The U.S. and United Nations both say Iran is already violating U.N. resolutions that bar Iran from testing ballistic missiles. Iran has conducted two ballistic-missile tests since the nuclear deal was signed in July, most recently in November 2015. The missiles seem capable of delivering nuclear weapons with relatively small design changes.

The White House initially downplayed the missile tests, but this week it did an odd flip-flop on whether to impose new sanctions in response. On December 30, 2015, it informed Congress that it would target a handful of Iranian companies and individuals responsible for the ballistic-missile program. Then it later said it would delay announcing the sanctions, which are barely a diplomatic rebuke in any case, much less a serious response to an arms-control violation.

Under the nuclear accord, Iran will soon receive $100 billion in unfrozen assets as well as the ability to court investors who are already streaming to Tehran. Sanctioning a few names is feckless by comparison, and Iran is denouncing even this meager action as a U.S. violation of the nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded to the sanctions reports on December 30, 2015, by ordering his defense minister to accelerate Iran’s missile program. Your move, Mr. Obama.

Opponents of the nuclear accord predicted this. Mr. Obama says the deal restricts Iranian action, but it does far more to restrict the ability of the U.S. to respond to Iranian aggression. If the U.S. takes tough action in response to Iran’s missile tests or other military provocations, Iran can threaten to stop abiding by the nuclear deal. It knows the world has no appetite for restoring serious sanctions, and that Mr. Obama will never admit his deal is failing. The mullahs view the accord as a license to become more militarily aggressive…

The White House’s media allies are blaming all of this on Iranian “hard-liners” who are supposedly trying to undermine President Rouhani for having negotiated the nuclear deal. Memo to these amateur Tehranologists: The hard-liners run Iran.

Mr. Rouhani was only able to complete the nuclear deal because Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard decided the terms were in their interests. They get serious sanctions lifted and an immediate financial windfall, while retaining the nuclear infrastructure they can fire up when the accord expires after a decade, if they don’t find an excuse to do so sooner.

The sages now blaming hard-liners for Iran’s nastiness are the same folks who told us that the nuclear accord would empower the “moderates” in Iran by showing America’s peaceful intentions. When will this crowd figure out that Iran’s rulers don’t want better relations with the U.S.? They want to become the dominant power in the Middle East while driving the U.S. out of the region.

Mr. Obama’s ambition to emulate Reagan’s success was never realistic because he pursued the opposite of the Reagan strategy. The Gipper stood up to Soviet aggression, rebuilt U.S. defenses, and then negotiated from strength. The Soviets bent to his terms. From his first days in office Mr. Obama begged Iran to negotiate, making concession after concession until even the Ayatollah had to accept. It’s no surprise Iran has concluded that it can now press its military ambitions with impunity.”

Conclusion

If Obama were a strong president, he would sanction Iran immediately for its flagrant violation of the ill-advised nuclear accord. He would also delay indefinitely the implementation of the nuclear agreement until Iran agrees to stop its ICBM testing. Obama would tell Iran that the $100 billion in Iranian oil money frozen in overseas accounts would remain frozen.

As Democratic Senator Chris Coons from Delaware said: “I believe in the power of vigorous enforcement that pushes back on Iran’s bad behavior.” Obama sold his terrible nuclear accord to the Democrats in Congress by stating that there would be strong enforcement of the agreement but when Iran violated the accord twice, he has refused to punish the mullah terrorist regime.

The Wall Street Journal concluded its editorial by stating the following: “From his first days in office Mr. Obama begged Iran to negotiate, making concession after concession until even the Ayatollah had to accept. It’s no surprise Iran has concluded that it can now press its military ambitions with impunity.” Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran was denounced by this writer and others as an act of appeasement. In less than a year Iran violated the agreement twice by firing missiles.

As far as Obama’s legacy on his terrible Iranian deal, it will be make war inevitable, encourage the proliferation of nuclear arms in the Middle East and leave the world in absolute turmoil. Iran is currently violating the accord and Obama does nothing except sending Kerry to conduct endless negotiations with the evil Mullah regime. Appeasement has never worked in history. Iran’s officials and military leaders do not respect Obama. They see him as a weak leader and they think they are able to violate the accord with impunity. They see the United States under Obama as a superpower in retreat. This is very dangerous to our national security.

Obama’s legacy will be to be remembered as the new modern-day appeaser with Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, China and Islamic terrorists. His deal with Iran will be compared by historians with the agreement made by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French President Édouard Daladier with Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini in 1938 in Munich. Obama will be remembered not only as the U.S. appeaser but also as the architect of the destruction of the United States.

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French President Édouard Daladier signed the shameful Munich Agreement on September 30, 1938 with dictators Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. It gave Germany the Sudetenland and de facto control over the rest of Czechoslovakia. Hitler falsely promised to stop his aggressions in Europe Upon his return to Great Britain, Chamberlain delivered his infamous “peace for our time” speech to crowds in London. This was called the appeasement policy which made Word War II inevitable, when 11 months later Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.

 

 

 

 

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