As the Iran nuclear negotiations drag on past their June 30 deadline, Iran has set new “red lines” that any deal must meet.
America’s negotiating requirements, however, are little more than “pink dotted lines” at this point, according to a panel of experts who presented yesterday at The Heritage Foundation.
The ultimate problem with this deal, Heritage’s Jim Phillips argued, is that the administration has an agreement in principle with a regime that has no principles except to maintain itself in power and export its revolution. By allowing Iran to continue its illicit uranium enrichment activities, we are legitimizing Iran as a nuclear power, he warned.
The Obama administration has failed at Negotiations 101, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph said. The administration is retreating from its red lines even as Iran is adding new red lines to their negotiating demands — including the lifting of the U.N. arms embargo and ballistic missile sanctions on Iran.
Despite President Obama’s repeated insistence, the U.S. will not walk away from a bad deal. This makes the U.S. look extremely weak. Yet the administration is still using the same talking points issued years ago about “walking away from a bad deal,” Joseph said. If you still believe these talking points, then “you must be living in bizarro world.”
America’s power is undermined by this deal, Doran warned. “We are in a Machiavellian no-man’s land. Machiavelli said you should be a loyal friend and a vicious enemy, the U.S. is neither.”
The deal will affect the U.S.’s relationship with our allies and also with our enemies, Doran said. Will our allies look at this deal as a capitulation because they see the U.S. giving in on our interests? And if we’re willing to give up on our own interests, why would we fight for theirs? The media’s images of Secretary of State John Kerry smiling and shaking hands with Iran’s leaders only serves to underscore the friction between our allies and us.
President Obama also assures us that the world will know if Iran cheats and starts making nuclear weapons. But “how long will it take for the world to realize?” Phillips asked. By the time the world is aware, Iran could have a stockpile.
Iran has dug in its heels on critical aspects of the proposed agreement, including inspection arrangements, the pace and scope of sanctions relief and accounting for past nuclear activities. And the U.S. has caved. If the U.S. has any desire to retain any influence in international affairs, it can not agree to a bad deal with Iran.
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