A Bad Done Deal
Wasp Tevya Weeps
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Our dear friend, Wasp Tevya, is at the breakfast table this morning. He is preparing corn muffins for our morning meal, but he will have just a simple cup of tea. His appetite has been ruined because the United States and its partners have reached an agreement with Iran with regard to their ability to produce nuclear weapons. If this was a scoring game, it would be Iran ten and the U.S. zero. Tevya has asked for the pleasure of your company this morning. We hope to see you soon, and if you can bring some Tums.
Thank you all for joining me this morning. I listened to Secretary of State John Kerry talk about this "historic" deal with Iran and my heart broke. I now foresee a very troubled future for our ally, Israel and for Arab nations that don't like this arrangement. We were told that Iran will find every pathway to developing a nuclear weapon cut off. That's the claim, but the reality is very different. Iran will be allowed to retain its enrichment structure. The irony here is that Iran developed this capability in defiance of already existing international obligations. We are, in essence, rewarding Iran for doing the wrong thing. We are being told that this deal is in line with a tradition of American leadership. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We have always told other countries not to pursue nuclear development. Iran has the green light to go ahead and develop their capabilities. Other countries will now have to follow suit. A nuclear Middle East is on the horizon.
If we are to conduct inspections of Iran's facilities, we have to call them up and ask their permission. There is going to be two week waiting period imposed before any inspections can take place. If this were a proposal for a movie, I would be laughing now. It's not fiction, it's fact and the joke is on the civilized world who never had a reason to trust Iran in the first place. Israel knows what Iran is capable of and they are very worried. Netanyahu said that under the terms of this deal, "Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and around the world." Netanyahu is spot on and, we are fools to enter into negotiations with a rogue nation that has the audacity to chant "Death to America" while engaging in talks. President Obama clearly wanted a deal at any price, and he has assured his name in history. My fear is that his legacy will be one of death and terror around the world. As my Grandma would say, "if you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas."
Trusting the Enemy
In deciding to trust Iran, America and its partners have abandoned history, experience and the simple fact that Iran doesn't deserve anyone's trust. They are masterminds at the art of the lie and the future will be more of the same. The only difference is that the consequences will be graver. Iran will continue to develop nuclear weapons. Only a fool would believe otherwise. They will appear to be behaving while they use their money to destabilize the Middle East and the rest of the world. President Obama has made it quite clear that with or without the support of Congress, this deal will go through. If this negotiation is not called a treaty, congressional approval is not necessary. Congress may have a trick or two to stop this fiasco, but it is highly unlikely they will do anything effective. The clock is ticking and the Iranians are rubbing their hands in gleeful anticipation of an Iran without sanctions and the go-ahead to fool the world. We are living in very dangerous times, and things just got worse. This deal is "historic", but it is historically naive and ill-conceived. We are going to need a miracle to change the course of history, thanks to a president who can't help embracing our enemies.
Dear God, you made so many fools
It's a shame to be a fool
And it's no great honor either.