April 7, 2015

Krauthammer on the Fundamental Problem With the Iran Deal

Political analyst Charles Krauthammer outlines the real problem with Barack Obama’s Iran deal: “The problem with deal is really a fundamental one, apart from all of the details. … Obama [said] in 2012 that the object of this is to end their nuclear program. That was the understanding. You end the program you get a lifting of sanctions. What we are talking about here is a preserving of the program, leaving it in tact everywhere even the underground facility in Fordow, which Obama said if you have a peaceful program there is no need for that. That all stays in tact. What he is talking about now is preventing a nuclear weapon, which means by some calculations you leave the infrastructure in tact but it would take them a while to achieve a bomb. Which means either they are going to wait until the end of the expiration of the deal and then develop an arsenal of weapons, because they’re going to have an infrastructure. Or It means that once the sanctions are lifted they’ll be quite prepared to cheat. It would take months for the IAEA, the UN, the entire bureaucracy to verify the cheating and to get any action whatsoever. So, either way the highway to a bomb is right there. And that’s the problem, the fundamental issue with the deal. Obama changed the entire idea. And if the press secretary is unable to rule out a lifting of the sanctions on the day a deal is signed in June, that is a catastrophe because once it happens you will never have a reimposition of sanctions and there will be nothing preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”

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