New Iran deal fuels lack of trust in Obama

Watching this foreign policy debacle unfold is unsettling at best.

Who really believes that Iran will follow any treaty that is signed? And are we supposed to take the word of a president that told us ISIS was a jayvee team? Drew a red line in the sand that Assad walked right across in Syria? Pressed a “reset” button with Putin on relations with Russia?

Who gave us the Benghazi story line about the attack being caused by a video and continued that narrative while speaking over the bodies of the four Americans killed in that attack? Released five high-ranking terrorists in a trade for a deserter?

Trust the same administration that hasn’t pushed China on its ongoing expansionism in the South China Sea and cyber attacks on our government?

If you look at this administration’s track record on foreign policy, it is not very reassuring that it can get this right and that we should trust its questionable judgment. Barack Obama and his smug attitude about the whole thing is suspect at best.

And his line about “We can discuss and debate it but if anyone tries to change any of it, I’ll veto it”? That certainly doesn’t imbue any confidence that it’s even close to a good deal for anyone but Iran.

Who actually benefits from this agreement? How do countries in the Middle East feel about it since they know Iran and have to live with them? Why didn’t they have more say in it than we do? It’s their backyard.

Nothing that this administration has done in foreign policy should leave us with a feeling of confidence that it has this right either and especially since it could mean a nuclear Iran. Is this known terrorist-supporting nation one that we want having nuclear weapons?

Bad enough that they want to let them start selling oil again. That will allow them over

$100 million a day to fund terrorism. Within five years we are going to let them import and export weapons, up to and including ballistic missiles, which could reach our friends in Israel and maybe even us or our military forces in the area.

What will it take for the American people to see this deal for what it is? It is a terrible deal, and it is another policy blunder by Obama to think he can negotiate on faith with a regime that lies all the time.

Iran certainly wants the deal because some people believe that if sanctions were to be kept in place, Iran would face an economic collapse. Or could it be something to do with the president’s advisor, Iranian-born Valerie Jarret?

No one has ever questioned her involvement or advisory role in this. Maybe we should, because I, for one, certainly don’t see any benefit to the U.S., or our allies, for the concessions that are being given to Iran. I could be wrong, but to me the deal feels bad, very bad.

It should not be within the power of one individual to make such a deal, a deal that will affect the security of this nation and the world.

Write and call your senators and congressman and tell them, “No deal!”

Howard Harshaw

Hollidaysburg