When we were kids, our parents and teachers constantly told us that in times of disagreement, we should look for ways to compromise. They wanted us to be the kind of people who were willing to work with others if for no other reason than to gain for themselves some peace and quiet. And still to this day, most of us would say we seek to compromise on the none critical things. On what we will have on our pizza. Where we will go on vacation. What movie we will watch. But, it seems that the president is seeking to compromise his own principles.
President Obama suggested on Friday that Iran could receive significant economic relief immediately after concluding a deal to curb its nuclear program, a gesture towards one of Tehran’s key demands.
This is one of the issues that I never understood. Why are we seeking a deal with Iran in the first place? The Iranians, as has been well documented, are the biggest sponsor of terror in the world. They are clearly a threat to our interests in the region, and this does not even broach the Israeli issue. So, here we are, just as the Iranians are gasping for air, we let them up.
“Our main concern here is making sure that if Iran doesn’t abide by its agreement that we don’t have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions,” the president said at a news conference. “It will require some creative negotiations,” Mr. Obama said, adding, “I’m confident it will be successful.”
What this means is that we want to give life to a regime that has repeatedly lied, and supported our enemies. Someone who has openly stated that they would not stop until Israel was wiped off the map. And not only do we want to lift sanctions on this country, but we want to fast track the process. This proves that the Democrats want to do exactly the opposite of Ragan, no matter how well it worked.
Just like with the Soviet Union, Iran has been stewing in their own juices for years. Having had its trade restricted and the seizure of money by international banks, it is virtually on the edge of economic ruin. So, what do we do, we give them back their money and open up trade. We do this with no mention of their terrorist activities and no real hope that they will curb their attempt at getting the bomb.
Such solutions could potentially include a faster timetable for lifting sanctions and also freeing up tens of billions of dollars in Iranian oil revenue that has been frozen though Obama made no reference to that money.
It is questionable as to the intent of this deal. But it is producing some scary possibilities. Even without the threat of a nuclear Iran, there is the threat of their interference in other ways. What if they began to supply Hezbollah with better weapons and equipment because of this new influx of monies? Does this not put our ally at risk. It also would allow Iran to give more support the rebels in Yemen. There is no mention of Iran being restricted in these areas.
So we must ask, why exactly are we negotiating with Iran? And why would we not simply let them go the way of Russia?