While the Obama administration proceeds at full steam ahead selling the Iranian nuclear deal, top intelligence officials are playing the supporting role and claim the agreement between the P5+1 nations and Iran would make it hard for the Islamic Republic to cheat nuclear inspectors.
David Cohen, a CIA deputy director, commenting on the deal over the weekend at the Aspen Security Forum reported spooks were “reasonably” sure that the terms negotiated by President Obama would preclude Iran from cheating and duping the international inspectors.
“We would be able to detect Iran if it were trying to deviate from the requirements that they’ve signed up to,” Cohen explained.
He emphasized inspectors’ would have “real-time persistent access to declared sites as well as a mechanism for getting scheduled access to suspicious sites.” He also discussed American’s access to “other information and capabilities.” This entire pretext is supposed to guaranty Iran’s cooperation moving forward.
But, the current negotiations with Iran will provide Iran with approximately $150 billion to fund terrorism and pursue nuclear weapons, warned James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and current chairman of Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Speaking on the Aaron Klein radio broadcast online, Woolsey stated neither the negotiations nor any agreement that grows from them “are going to substantively … do anything to stop the Iranians from having a nuclear weapon.” This is in contrast to White House press releases being issued on the subject, he said.
Further issues that are slowly leaking possibly include “off the books” and oral arrangements between the UN and Iran and possibly other P5+1 nations. Stay tuned.
Nevertheless, as the battle over the Iran deal moves to Congress, it may be moot, according to Constitutional scholars Rivkin and Casey, as some claim the Congress does not have the two-thirds votes necessary to override a presidential veto of any bill torpedoing the Iran deal.
But there is a glimmer of hope. Rivkin and Casey argue that since the Iran deal is not a treaty, which would make it Constitutionally protected from actions by the States, the individual 57 States (according to Obama) could enact their own sanctions against Iran to prevent or limit trade and interactions with Iran. Probably a remote option, but an opportunity for the States to assert their independence from Washington similar to what is playing-out in a federal district court regarding border security. Recently, the Fifth Circuit upheld the district court’s injunction against the Obama immigration plan.
Further complicating the issue was the Friday afternoon announcement that the US would allow the release of Jonathon Pollard.
Pollard, 49, is a criminal and traitor. He sold American secrets to a foreign government for money. He worked with Israel to steal American secrets A result of Pollard’s acts caused the US to revise and cancel numerous national security programs.
Many pundits argue that the convicted spy has served 30 years of a life sentence, but it’s undeniable that he shared information that cost the taxpayers huge sums of money and compromised programs (read the CIA assessment here). In addition to Pollard, the Obama administration tried to “sweetened the deal” for Israel by adding another $3 billion in military aid.
Inconceivably, in the give and take negotiations for a nuclear deal, President Obama caved to Iranian pressure and lifted the conventional arms embargo. On this front there’s bipartisan concern, but American negotiators declined to include the four American hostages currently held in Iran, Robert Levinson (reportedly a CIA agent), Amir Hekmati (A retired US Marine), Saeed Abedini (A US Christian Pastor) and Jason Rezaian (A Washington Post reporter) as part of the Islamic Republic deal.
As further evidenced in the psychotic relationships in the Middle East, Turkey has now joined the US in military airstrikes. In an about face, the Turkish government, a NATO partner and Euro wannabe, finally decided to allow the US to use its bases as launching points in its ongoing, non-war, against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The news was welcome at the White House, but it admitted there really wasn’t a plan yet in place to exploit the deal.
Meanwhile the Turkish government promptly began bombing the Kurds, not ISIS, in Northern Iraq as well as Syria. This development complicates an already complex military campaign to degrade the brutal terrorist group. Reuters reported that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the Kurds “could have a place in the new Syria if it did not disturb Turkey, cut all relations with President Bashar al-Assad’s administration and cooperated with opposition forces.”
The prospects of that arrangement are to be seen.
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