Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) charged that the Obama administration has “created a possible death sentence for Israel” with the Iran nuclear deal.
The pact is also “a virtual declaration of war against Sunni Arabs,” he said this morning on MSNBC, as “you’re making every Sunni Arab nation recalculate — you have locked in an industrial-sized nuclear program on behalf of the Iranians, and over time they can have as large a program as they want.”
Graham says he hasn’t seen the full agreement just inked in Vienna, but “we’re going to ensure that there will be a nuclear arms race now.”
“With the mere passage of time, this industrial strength program we have locked in place will become a nuclear weapons program so the Arabs are going to get their own bomb,” the presidential candidate said. “…You have taken our chief antagonist, people who have killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq, who’ve toppled pro-American governments throughout the region including Yemen, you’ve given them the capability to become a nuclear nation. That technology I fear one day will be shared with terrorists and come here.”
“This is the most dangerous, irresponsible step I have ever seen in the history of watching the Mideast. Barack Obama, John Kerry, have been dangerously naive about the Mideast in general. They’ve taken it to a new level, and any senator who votes for this is voting for a nuclear arms race in the Mideast, and is voting to give the largest state sponsor of terrorism $18 billion. And what do you think they’ll do with the money? Put it roads and schools? It’s going to go to Assad, it’s going to go to Hezbollah and Hamas.”
Obama, the senator stressed, “put Israel in the worst possible box.”
“This will be a death sentence over time for Israel if they don’t push back. You put our nation at risk,” Graham said.
“Every goal the president expressed two years ago has absolutely not been met, and you put the arms embargo on the table at a time when they’re destroying the Mideast with their conventional weapons program. You may think this is a good deal. This is a terrible deal. It’s going to make everything worse, and I really fear that we’ve set in motion a decade of chaos,” he continued.
“…When they drew a line against Assad and did nothing about it, they set in motion holy hell in the Mideast. I think John Kerry is a good man, but at the end of the day, they want a deal so bad they cannot stand it.”