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WSJ: Mideast on Cusp of Nuclear Arms Race

President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are trying to fool the world into thinking that the Iran deal they are bound to soon complete will prevent the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons.

But Iran’s neighbors, who are most threatened by the arrangement, know better. And according to the Wall Street Journal, they now see the emerging agreement as the starting gun for their own nuclear weapons programs, entering a race that ends in ten years, once the restrictions on Iran are lifted.

From the piece.

The nuclear deal that the U.S. and other world powers hope to reach with Iran would put a 10-year curb on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. For some of Iran’s regional rivals, that is also becoming a deadline for developing nuclear arms of their own.

In Saudi Arabia, there are widespread public calls to match Iran’s nuclear quest. The two other Middle East heavyweights, Turkey and Egypt, could also feel compelled to follow suit, senior Western and Arab officials warn.

Such an arms race would further destabilize what is already the world’s most volatile region, where the risks of a nuclear war would be compounded by the threat of radioactive material falling into the hands of terrorist groups.

While Saudi Arabia has long advocated a nuclear-free Middle East, its leaders are doubtful that the completed accord on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program will stop Iran from becoming a threshold nuclear-weapons power when proposed restrictions on is number of centrifuges and uranium stockpiles expire in 10 years. They also aren’t willing to bet that the regime in Tehran will somehow become more moderate and responsible by then, a hope entertained by many in the West.

Think of the world we are facing with this Iran arms deal. Nuclear weapons in India, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt. And then others will surely not want to be left out of the fun. We are confronting the end of the nonproliferation era.

Does anyone really doubt that these weapons will be used? Either in hostility, through the accidental or purposeful provision of atom bombs to terrorists, or simply through an accidental launch?

Is this scenario less risky than trying to eradicate Iran’s nuclear program militarily which, if done by the United States instead of Israel, is an achievable objective?

Thinks of who will now have these weapons. Extremists, unstable regimes.

The Saudis seem kind of Westernized because they are fabulously wealthy and do business with us. But they’re not. They’re religious zealots seeking to spread their ruthlessly uncompromising brand of Islam far and wide. Are they really going to be good custodians of nuclear weapons?

The Iranian regime isn’t likely to change. It hasn’t changed much in 36 years. And now the mullahs will be newly emboldened and empowered by their successful completion of their decades-long nuclear weapons project.

Meantime, John Kerry and his Iranian counterparts will pick up the Nobel Prize for Peace.

From Hitler, to Mao tse-Tung, to the Soviets, to Iran – why do Westerners never believe that fanatics are serious about the beliefs they ardently espouse? And to the extent we do, we’re like like altruistic but naive women staying with morally defective men in the hopes that they can “reform” them.

This is going to be a very bad old world soon. It has been made that way not by fate, but by choices made by this president. And consequences to be faced by a future one.

Kerry Sucks Up with Condolences for Iran’s Now Motherless Leader

A sad thing happened to the leader of a brutal dictatorship that has vowed to destroy Israel – ostensibly our ally – and that is responsible for the deaths of many American servicemen and women and is also trying to undermine the United States throughout the Middle East.

His mother died. Aww.

Secretary of State Kerry snapped straight into appeasement mode, lavishing condolences on the ruthless totalitarian, Iranian President Rouhani. He expressed his sorrow personally both to Iran’s foreign minister and Rouhani’s brother, who are helping negotiate our surrender to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Meanwhile, the State Department issued a statement – on the passing of a foreign leader’s mother, if you can believe it – and then Kerry Tweeted it out.

From your Department of State:

We extend our deepest condolences to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Hassan Rouhani and his family on the passing of his mother, Mrs. Sakineh Peivandi. Such a loss is especially hard coming on the eve of Nowruz, traditionally a time when families gather together in joy and hope. We share in his grief and that of his brother, Presidential Special Advisor Hossein Fereydoun, who has been participating in the talks in Lausanne, and we keep their family in our thoughts.

Yes, in our thoughts.

During today’s State Department briefing, Associated Press correspondent Matt Lee was incredulous:

I’m just wondering aren’t you guys laying it on a bit thick here? Is there something that you are expecting in terms of Iranian concessions in the negotiations with this display?

This is the leader of a country – clearly the loss of one’s parent is tragic – but this is the leader of a country that you accuse of being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. You accuse of trying to develop a nuclear weapons with which its leaders have said it will use against one of America’s top allies  . . . Are you sending flowers as well?

As I noted before, this administration is under the mistaken impression that appeasement works with dictators. Rather, it connotes weakness.

And that is why the Iranians, in these nuclear discussions, are taking us to the cleaners.

How Can We Trust Obama on Iran When He Was So Wrong About Syria?

Just a few years ago, President Obama said the time for talking was done, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go.

The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. His calls for dialogue and reform have rung hollow while he is imprisoning, torturing, and slaughtering his own people. We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way. He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.

Several months later, Obama’s then-Press Secretary, the Prince of Prescience Jay Carney, said Assad was finished – through, done, I tell ya.

The fact of the matter is that the pressure on Assad continues to intensify. He’s been — he has dwindling financial resources. He has dwindling access to what he needs to continue to govern. His regime has lost control of parts of the country. There are a number of indications of the desire to depart from the regime by senior Syrian government and military officials. These are telltale signs that Assad’s future is very limited at best.

And we continue to work with the international community to do everything we can to enhance the pressure on him, to make it clear to everyone that they should not want to place a bet on the Assad regime because that is a losing bet — and it is a losing bet in pure realpolitik terms, but it’s also a losing bet, obviously, in terms of being on the right side of the people of Syria.

Well that was three years ago. If you bet on Assad, you won.

Now, Secretary of State John Kerry wants to negotiate.

But how can you negotiate with someone who isn’t there? Oh, wait, he is still there.

Now the same people who brought you the demise of Assad are bringing you the fully verifiable deal that will keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.

Place your bets! Except this time, your gambling with your life.

Corker Shuts Down Kerry Filibuster

The Republican open letter to the Ayotallahs has allowed the White House to change the subject away from possible new sanctions and the irresponsible deal President Obama is about to strike. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker today mercifully cut short Kerry’s staged contribution to the “outrage.”

Kerry Gives France a Hug. And a Kiss!

Take a look. I’m pretty sure he dropped a little smooch on French President Francois Hollande today during his make-up tour of Paris, necessitated by the failure of the United States to send anybody meaningful to the march Sunday for freedom of speech.

Yeah, Kerry laid it on thick, but that wasn’t the worst of it. He brought along James Taylor to sing a cloying little ballad – in this context, at least – the “You’ve Got a Friend” song, the lyrics to which are at least true, given that France can no longer really defend itself or seriously fight terrorism and so we do it for them.

Taylor appeared for about 30 seconds to have forgotten how the song goes.

Sorry, wrong message. We are with France in a global war against Islamic terror. Kerry should have brought this guy instead.

And finally, here’s Kerry speaking to the French in . . . French. I know some of you will mock this, but I happen to think it’s a good thing for a diplomat to be able to address an ally in their own language. Nothing builds trust and affection for Americans more among foreigners than when we at least make an attempt to say a few words their language.

Kerry: We are Not at War With ISIS

Out-Orwelling Orwell, Secretary of State John Kerry today said we are not at war with ISIS, merely engaged in “a major counterterrorism operation.” Well. That’s a bit like calling a bank robbery “a very aggressive withdrawal of funds.” We are dropping tons of bombs on their heads, aren’t we? And we’ve got more than aContinue Reading

State Department Been Thinkin’ on ISIL for a Year

Now this was weird. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf Wednesday acknowledged that the Obama administration has been “looking at” the ISIL terrorists for about a year, without apparently doing anything serious about them. Said Harf: We’ve been looking at that for months and month, even before the latest offensives that started against Mosul – for aContinue Reading