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Iran agreement places world in greater danger
Well, they made "history" this week with the nuclear agreement reached by Iran and world powers on Tuesday.
We can only hope that certain counties, like Israel, don't become history due to this ill-conceived attempt at giving the current administration the "legacy" it's been looking for.
The agreement would lift international sanctions on Iran, allowing them to press on with their nuclear work. We didn't even get those Americans held prisoner in that country back. Iran will also be able to sell oil on the open market, putting a lot of cash into the hands of a country that funds terrorism around the region.
Congress has the authority to review the deal, but President Obama calls it "an accomplishment" and says he will veto any effort by Congress to reject it.
Meanwhile, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani declared that his county's "prayers have come true." On Twitter, he also said: "To our neighbors: Do not be deceived by the propaganda of the warmongering Zionist Regime. #Iran & its power will translate into your power."
The Iranian FARS News Agency ranting against the rest of the world continued as well, blaming America for the creation of ISIS, among other things.
"With the American spin machine on overdrive, the hostility between Iran and the United States is here to stay," FARS said.
Our team totally caved on a number of points in this agreement -- such as lifting a United Nations arms embargo in about five years, while another embargo on the construction of ballistic missiles, will expire in eight years.
Also, Iran will be able to veto any inspection of their nuclear sites, and will be allowed to keep its military locations off limits to international inspectors.
The "anytime-anywhere" inspection clause was supposed to be non-negotiable, yet the administration tossed it aside just so they could have an agreement.
In April, top administration official Ben Rhodes told CNN that we'd have the "anytime-anywhere" access to the nuke facilities. But Tuesday, Rhodes told the same network that these types of inspections were never sought.
Was this a lie, a contraction, or an admission of how messed up the "agreement" with Iran really is?
This deal is so bad that both Israel and our Arab Sunni allies in the region are reacting in anger and disbelief. Even commentators on MSNBC were saying Tuesday morning that the deal could kick off a new Middle East arms race.
Critical comments on the deal are also coming from both Republican and Democrat sides of the aisle, but not everyone is unhappy. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was pleased about the deal. Iran has been providing arms and cash support so that he can keep dropping barrel bombs on his own people.
Vladimir Putin, the leader of the country that made Iran nuclear power a possibility, was also smiling. After all, who else will profit from a Middle East arms race?
As for Hillary Clinton, she called it an "important step in putting a lid on Iran's nuclear program." An ABC reporter tweeted that another journalist's question after Hillary's Iran remarks were "are you going to the Taylor Swift concert??"
Does anyone remember the deal her husband negotiated with North Korea over nukes around 20 years ago? How did that one turn out?
Comparisons to Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" speech will no doubt come to mind as this deal is further explored.
Everyone looks back to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to visualize the horrors these weapons create. But those early models were just firecrackers compared to what a modern thermonuclear warhead can do.
The bombs dropped on Japan had the impact of 15,000 tons of TNT, while today's weapons are in the range of hundred of thousands of tons, even millions.
I'm afraid that the world will get to relearn this 70-year-old lesson at some point in the future.
-- Brian Mosely is a Times-Gazette staff writer. He can be contacted at email@example.com.