5 Reasons Congress Must Reject Obama’s Iran Deal
Back in May, the Senate voted almost unanimously to approve legislation requiring Obama to submit his nuclear deal with Iran to Congress for approval or rejection. The measure passed 98-1 with only Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) opposing because he objected that the deal was not to be presented to the Congress as a treaty. The House also produced overwhelming support for the bill with 400 votes in favor and only 25 opposing. Obama signed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) into law on May 22, 2015.
The bill garnered its huge bipartisan support mainly because it ensured Congress could, if necessary, nullify the agreement (at least as far as U.S. sanctions are concerned) if the deal fails to halt Iran from obtaining any nuclear weapon technology.
Now that the administration has released the full text of the Iran deal, it has become clear that the agreement is not only a bad deal, but is a horribly dangerous one that must be soundly rejected. Here are 5 reasons why it truly is “the worst deal since the Munich deal of 1938,” as Charles Krauthammer noted.
1. Obama has to violate the law for the Iran deal to work
The INARA states unequivocally that the president
ensures that Iran's nuclear activities permitted thereunder will not be used to further any nuclear-related military or nuclear explosive purpose, including for any research on or development of any nuclear explosive device or any other nuclear-related military purpose.
Under Obama’s deal, military sites are for all practical purposes off limits. Iran has stated categorically that inspection of military sites (which is quite obviously where “research on or development of” nuclear-related military applications would be conducted) will never occur, regardless of whether 24 hours, 24 days or 24 years notice is given.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who negotiated for Iran, stated just this week that access to military sites is a "red line" and that Iran "fully achieved" the sites’ exclusion in the bargaining. Iran’s top theocrat Khamenei has also made it abundantly clear in previous statements that military-designated sites are off limits, most recently reiterating the point through his aide. The defense minister, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, and -- most significantly -- the terrorist designated Revolutionary Guards are all unanimous on the matter, leaving no doubt that only by war will inspectors have access to Iran’s military facilities.
By failing to secure military-site inspections as part of the agreement, the law that Obama signed on May 22 has been breached. There is no possible way under this agreement to “ensure” that Iran’s nuclear activity will be only for peaceful purposes.