The Iran Illusion

The next president of the United States must act to rescind the Iranian deal that U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., supported. Without support from Donnelly and a few other Democrats, the Iranian deal would not have passed.

Last year, Donnelly stated, “I am willing to give this agreement the opportunity to succeed.”

I would beg to differ.

First, understand Iran’s development of nuclear and ballistic weapons means nuclear and ballistic proliferation throughout the Middle East. Sunni-based Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Cooperation States fear Shia-based Iran more than any other threat in the region. Rightfully so.

Iran signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty in 1968 and renewed this treaty several times. In 2002, U.S. spy satellites revealed Iranian uranium enrichment plants that Iran did not report to the International Atomic Agency. Interestingly, Iran later admitted to hiding uranium enrichment facilities from the world for nearly 20 years.

In October 2015, after inking the Iranian deal, medium range EMAD rockets were launched/tested by Iran in violation of international law. These missiles were ballistic and capable of delivering nuclear warheads. In just eight years, Iran will be allowed to conduct ballistic missile tests under the Iranian deal.

In January, 11 international companies and individuals who assisted Iran in developing ballistic missile systems, against international treaties, were sanctioned by the Obama administration.

In the spring, Iran test-launched a “defensive” intermediate range ballistic missile system, and Russia began the process of delivering to Iran its most advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile system capable of engaging multiple aircraft and ballistic missiles 90 miles away. Russia had canceled this contract in 2010, but President Vladimir Putin lifted his self-imposed ban just one year after the U.S.-Iranian deal became reality.

Economics and the enforceability of the Iranian deal serve as another basis for rescission in 2017. Billions of frozen dollars were released to Iran, and hundreds of billions in huge new contracts were inked between Iran and European multinational and state-owned corporations.

As investment spreads in the Iranian economy, more interconnectedness occurs at an accelerating pace that is difficult to reverse. Iran’s huge financial contracts with Europeans serve to divide American and European security interests.

Those charged with monitoring Iran’s “civil nuclear” energy do not get 24/7 access touted by President Barack Obama to Iranian nuclear facilities. Certain nuclear sites have unfettered access. Other, more strategic, locations do not. Iran has 14 days to push back on a request to inspect “undeclared sites.”

With Iranian objections, a long bureaucratic wait can be placed on inspections while Iranian officials dismantle, modify or undo nuclear-developed projects.

As of today, certain arms control experts see Iran’s uranium-enrichment and plutonium enrichment capacity being just one year away from production of a nuclear bomb.

So what is the grand illusion? It is believing that the Iranian deal will bring us peace and safety and prohibit Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Donnelly seems satisfied in fostering such a dangerous illusion.