In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu providing proof that Iran lied about their pursuit of a nuclear weapon, President Trump has pulled the United States out of the Iran deal that had been set up by his predecessor.
Here is the President explaining his decision yesterday:
“In theory, the so-called “Iran deal” was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime. In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and, over time, reach the brink of a nuclear breakout.
The deal lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for very weak limits on the regime’s nuclear activity, and no limits at all on its other malign behavior, including its sinister activities in Syria, Yemen, and other places all around the world.”
This prompted jeers from the usual cast of characters. But as I have often said, while I do not want a war with Iran, the Obama administration lied through its teeth to get the deal done and it was never a treaty, because it was never ratified by Congress.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) summed it up well:
“The Iran deal has always been terrible. Today is a reminder that if you live by the Presidency, you die by the Presidency.
We ought to be clear about this: Donald Trump isn’t ripping up a treaty; he’s walking away from Barack Obama’s personal pledge. Two and a half years ago, President Obama made a bad deal with Iran without support from Congress, and today President Trump is pulling out of President Obama’s personal commitment, and he doesn’t need Congress’s support to do so.
American foreign policy makes lasting progress when it is led by the President, approved by Congress, and presented honestly to the American people.”
This is exactly correct.
To his credit, President Trump never liked the deal and seemed poised to tear it up and start from scratch, which was one of the main issues that supposedly led to the ouster of Rex Tillerson, who disagreed.
Now, in fairness, I do not want a war with Iran and a deal is certainly preferable to a war. But if that deal is constructed based on lies and does nothing to actually prevent a future war, then exactly what is the point?
The worst part of all is — as I alluded to before — the blatant dishonesty our own government peddled in selling this sham of a deal to the American public.
Ben Rhodes even brazenly admitted this after the fact in an interview with the New York Times, where he boldly bragged about manipulating journalists because they are young kids who know nothing and readily gobble up falsehoods as a result.
“The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns… They literally know nothing,” Rhodes explained.
“We created an echo chamber. They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”
Nobody in this country should have ever trusted Iran. That’s a given.
But our own government?
Listen, I am not naive; I understand how our officials in our government lie and manipulate for their own benefit constantly.
But to sell out the national security interests of our entire nation on a pack of lies?
And for what, exactly?
Just so they can brag about how great the deal is and have a foreign policy “achievement” to show?
It would be funny if it as not so sad. And terrifying.
Here is the cold hard truth: That deal was put together and agreed to based on a pack of fantastic lies.
Anybody who was not a blatant partisan knew that.
But yet the media did nothing to truly expose this scam for what it was.
And now we must pay the price for their dereliction of journalistic duties.
Shame on President Obama for dishonestly pushing this deal and not sending it through Congress as the Constitution intended.
Shame on his foreign policy minions who helped sell this atrocity.
And Shame on the media who failed miserably at vetting this monstrosity.
Thank God we have a president in power now who got us out of this horrid deal and will work towards re-setting the terms.
I just hope it is not too late to undo all the damage.