Justin Smith examines President Trump’s withdrawal from Obama’s idiotic Iran Nuke Deal as a message to Iran, perhaps North Korea and the appeasement minded EU nations that America will not be held hostage by threats of war.
America Will Not Be Held Hostage
Avoiding a Dark Future
By Justin O. Smith
Sent 5/10/2018 9:44 PM
On Tuesday May 8, 2018, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal, a bad unilateral presidential agreement and a terrible milestone of American history made by his predecessor, and it was great to see President Trump making this strong and definitive decision, for a number of reasons that all bear on our national security. He made the right and the only sound decision, especially in light of recent revelations, that the Iranians had never stopped pursuing their nuclear weapons, as promised, and, in defiance of our European allies and escalating tensions with Iran, he walked away from a promise made by Obama and not the American people.
Last month during an address from the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the world, "Tonight I'm here to tell you one thing. Iran lied -- big time."
Netanyahu continued and revealed Israeli Intelligence had acquired 100,000 files and 55,000 Iranian documents, from the Shorabad District of Iran, which exhibited Iran was still continuing with its nuclear weapons program, referred to as Amad, despite the 2015 deal it made with Obama and the international community. Both Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, and President Hassan Rouhani lied when they said Iran had no interest in nuclear weapons.
The White House stated on April 30th: "These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran had a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world ... ".
From day one, I admonished Congress and the American people not to place any trust in anything the Iranian Mullahs had to tell us or any agreement entered with them. I noted that the International Atomic Energy Commission didn't even know about Iran's pursuit of nukes for twenty years. Even between 2000 and 2004, when many sources stated Iran was pursuing nukes, Iran denied it, until it came out in 2004, whereupon they still denied it. And don't forget too that former IAEA Director General Mohamed El Baradei, a Muslim Brotherhood agent and sympathizer, hid Iran's nuclear progress right through 2007, with him and Iran denying it all along.
Failing to account for Iran's corrupt nature was one of the more stupid and serious flaws in Obama's deal, since history has shown the Mullahs of Iran are bad faith actors, malevolent and evil, and they cannot be trusted to negotiate anything honestly. And flawed deals like this one have exacted a heavy price from the world, as witnessed in 1938 and Neville Chamberlain's "peace for our time".
When the Grand Fool Barack Obama, his Court Jester John Kerry and former Ambassador to the U.N Samantha Powers speak as though Obama alleviated the possibility of Iran's nuclear program, they are outright lying. The deal explicitly allowed the Iranian nuclear program to move full steam ahead unrestrained by any international consequences.
This terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, which I wrote about in detail in 2015 in 'Obama's Dismal Legacy' and 'Iran and Nuclear Terrorism', gave Iran $150 billion that it has used to continue its ongoing campaign of terror in Yemen and Syria, through Houthis and Hezbollah proxies, and its funding of Hamas terrorists in Gaza, while its Mullahs continue on with the development of long-range ballistic missiles; and, just days ago, they burned a paper American flag, as they chanted "Death to America." All of this has come by way of Barack Obama's failed Middle East policies, which further enabled the hell now flourishing.
Since at least 2006, myself and many others have been warning about Iran and Hezbollah's growing presence and influence in both the Triangle Area of South America and the Northern Triangle of Central America. On May 8th, my friend, Judith Bergman gave an important advance warning:
"According to Emmanuel Ottolenghi, speaking at the April hearing on Iran's global terrorism networks: 'A survey of cases prosecuted against Hezbollah operatives in the past two decades shows that the terror group remains a threat to the security of the U.S. homeland and the integrity of its financial system. Iran and Hezbollah sought to carry out high casualty attacks against U.S. targets multiple times. Additionally, they built networks they used to procure weapons, sell drugs, and conduct illicit financial activities inside the United States.'"
Just imagine the horror they will unleash, if Iran achieves a fully capable nuclear weapon. Does anyone believe that given the chance, these terrorists won't smuggle nukes into America and detonate them?
Criticizing Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal as "weak" and "insane", President Trump stated in part: "The Iran deal is defective at its core ... America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction, and we will not allow a regime that chants ‘Death to America’ to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth."
Shortly afterwards, National Security Advisor John Bolton stated that all U.S. sanctions related to Iran's nuclear weapons program, that had been lifted, were now back in effect. "We're out of the deal. Right now. We're out of the deal" Bolton said.
It's a complex and dangerous game unfolding, and the longer it continues, the more dangerous it gets for America. Despite progress with North Korea and the release of three Americans, do not expect either North Korea or Iran to really abandon their nuclear weapons program. They're fully out in the open now with these programs, and they both are nearly completely finished with the technological tweaking necessary to build a full arsenal of nuclear weapons; and, they both worked together on their programs out of a mutual hatred of the United States, aided and abetted at different points by both China and Russia. And the day after President Trump's announcement, Iranian missiles rained down on both Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Look for one of these rogue nations to deliver a nuke or two to some rabid Islamic terrorist group, or even some crazed commie Antifa bastard, in one or more U.S. cities over the next decade, so they can have plausible deniability, when an American city goes poof in a blinding nuclear flash and a 300 mile per hour radiation laden aftershock. This is the biggest factor that should demand the United States and her leaders move forcefully to remove both the North Korean and the Iranian regimes from power, even if it means reducing their nations to glass to achieve this end.
President Trump's withdrawal from this bad deal is moving America closer to recovering its moral character, by rebuking Obama’s bitter fruit of appeasement and ensuring the United States will not allow Iran to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons, under any circumstances. Considerably less danger exists in a preemptive strike on Iran’s and even North Korea's nuclear facilities, all their government buildings, and all their military installations, if it proves necessary, rather than going forward with a bitter fruit that only promises a dark future filled with exponentially larger conflagrations, massive wars and chaos.
By Justin O. Smith
Edited by John R. Houk
All source links are by the Editor except Justin’s link to Dr. Emmanuel Ottolenghi quote in the 40-page PDF entitled, “State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network” dated 4/17/18.
© Justin O. Smith