Washington, DC - President Obama's so-called peace-pact with Iran remains top of the news as Congress vents its objections to the controversial treaty. The presidential hopefuls have each chimed in with their two cents worth of opinion and the consensus on the Hill and on the campaign trail is that it is a bad deal.
"Even those stalwart Democrats such as Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey are finding it hard to reconcile party loyalty with the need to admit that America and its allies, Israel in particular, got the short end of the stick in the Iran talks," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Weber said that Iran will be in better shape to threaten its neighbors throughout the Middle East if the deal is ratified. "The mullahs in Teheran have not let up on their threats to 'wipe Israel off the map' and they can literally do that with just one well-placed bomb if they are allowed to continue their quest to become a nuclear power. And, you can bet, that once they take care of Israel, they'll be arming the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles they are constructing, complete with nuclear clusters, and setting sights on U.S. targets. After all, according to them, America is the Great Satan."
That Iran is keen on building a formidable atomic war machine is evident, Weber said. "They are also anxious to beef up their ability to foment global terrorism. And they'll be in a good position to do so when the infamous deal is signed and international sanctions are lifted. The rogue nation will then have immediate access to some $100 billion in frozen funds that are being held abroad. That's more than enough to finance jihadist conflicts throughout the region and beyond."
It's hard to think of what else the Iranians might have sought when they sat down at the negotiating table with John Kerry all those many months, Weber added. "They even managed to get themselves removed from the U.S. terror watch list and, with the sanctions all but dismissed, they will soon be trading their stockpiles of oil-a source of mega-bucks that can be used to supply radical Islamic terrorists."
Once sanctions are lifted, oil from Iran will begin flowing freely. Crude from Iran is already being factored into the equation by oil traders. It's having the immediate effect of reducing bulk oil prices to some of the lowest levels in some time.
"The list of concessions we got out of the talks is skimpy at best-including limited inspection access to nuclear facilities and not much more," Weber pointed out. "So, too, are the reasons the administration offers for Congress to endorse the deal skimpy. President Obama tried to make an end-run around the nation's lawmakers by allowing the United Nations to affirm the nuclear pact with Iran, but it is for Congress, and Congress, alone, to give the deal a thumbs-down vote and we encourage them to do so in a timely fashion. The deal reeks."