The Iranian nuclear deal has been completed. Despite great domestic and international pressure, President Obama forged ahead to pass the controversial agreement – with nearly zero support from our closest allies in the Middle East region.
“Under the terms of this deal,” presidential candidate Ted Cruz explained, “Iran will retain all of its centrifuges, one-third of which will continue to spin. Rather than the most intrusive inspections regime in history that we were promised, [International Atomic Energy Agency] inspectors must petition the mullahs to visit sensitive sites, and wait for two weeks for their permission. In a final, shocking concession, the United States will support lifting of the United Nations arms embargos that restrict the Iranian ballistic missile program and arms trafficking. And in return, billions of dollars of economic relief will flow to Tehran.”
The Iranian nuclear deal should not be viewed under a partisan lens, like every topic in our daily news is. While it’s true that the majority of Republicans do oppose the Obama administration’s deal with Iran, to focus on party bickering downplays the immense international opposition President Obama’s plan has attracted.
Referring to the new Iranian deal, Israeli’s Benjamin Netanyahu said in a television statement: “ In the coming decade, the deal will reward Iran, the terrorist regime in Tehran, with hundreds of billions of dollars. This cash bonanza will fuel Iran’s terrorism worldwide, its aggression in the region and its efforts to destroy Israel, which is ongoing.”
Israel is not our only ally who is unnerved by the new deal.
“Iran might exploit the new circumstances to further expand its influence politically,” said Shakhawan Abdulla, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), one of the two major parties in the Kurdish region’s government. “And it might bring Kurdistan under its control and attempt to undermine the region’s security,” stated Abdulla to al Jazeera news.
Nato ally Turkey has similar fears regarding Iran’s increasing power. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly addressed Iran, telling it to stop interfering in Iraq and Yemen and vying for regional domination. Erdogan continued, calling the recent acts of aggression “intolerable” and “must not be allowed to happen.”
Our president has ignored each and every one of our regional allies – all neighbours of Iran – and continues to publicly stress the importance of working within a coalition. Many around the world are wondering what President Obama knows about Iran that Israel, Kurdistan and Turkey don’t know. After watching this administration blindly fund and support every radical Sunni group they could find for the last 7 years, I suppose it’s only fair they should now support radical Shiite groups.
Despite a deal being reached which entirely favors Iran, the 4 Americans currently being detained in Iran will not be coming home. President Obama gave Iran freedom to create a nuclear weapon and allowed the rouge nation to bring in billions of dollars in revenue, but he couldnt even get back four of our own. That is not a negotiation – that is a surrender.