The deal reached between 6 countries and Iran regarding nuclear containment raises far more questions than answers.
The role of the United States was played up politically through the media by President Obama and Secretary Kerry. Yet, the international negotiators carved out a deal that after a second look, gives Iran more latitude, less credibility for the United States and serious security concerns for Middle Eastern countries.
The foreign policy question that one must contemplate: Did the Iranian nuclear agreement stabilize or de-stabilize the Middle East? The plan calls for a six month freeze on Iran's processing of enriched uranium. However, numerous intelligence sources (McClatchy, Brookings, Stratfor, etc.) cite reports that Iran already possesses enough highly enriched uranium to produce 4-5 nuclear warheads.
In addition, Iran also has the ballistic missile capability to launch an attack on Israel, Saudia Arabia and many other countries. Israel, Saudia Arabia and other countries have already heightened their tactical response in anticipation of Iran having full scale capability to launch in 2-4 months. Saudia Aradia is considered an economic target that Iran would exploit to neutralize Arabian oil fields.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following statement following the announcement of the Iranian deal:
"This is not a historic agreement, this is a historic mistake."
Hence, this agreement has not stabilized the Middle East. It has set all Iranian threats on high alert.
For the United States, the question is: Did this agreement increase our national security interests?
Their are several negatives for the U.S.:
- Credibility: Obama has lost most all credibility internationally as cited by recent reporting by the American Maverick. This agreement was struck by the other five nations with Kerry and Obama swooping in to gain some good press on a bad deal.
- Endorsement: This agreement is the first international recognition of Iran's nuclear program. Iran views this as an endorsement of being a legitimate nuclear power. A recognition of power that is unwarranted and could prove unruly.
- Our Troops: Part of this deal delivers $5 Billion in aid to Iran. Historically, Iran has used over 70% of foreign aid to fund military operations and to support terrorist regimes such as Hezbollah and even Al Qaeda. With U.S., troops stationed throughout the region, our soldiers, sailors and air men are increasingly at risk.
- Israeli Relations: Again, Obama struck a deal that favored an arch enemy of Israel. The Israeli's have known that the current U.S. administration is not interested in strengthening our relationship. This deal alienates the Israeli's and forces them to realize they cannot depend on Obama to defend their Jewish state. Israel feels alone in the world and, unfortunately, that is exactly what makes this situation so critical versus Iran.
Bottom line: The Iranian deal de-stabilizes the Middle East and further degrades the United States foreign policy credibility and safety of our military.