Sud­denly, the Obam­abomb

U.S. al­lies learn Iran can keep its weapons pro­gram

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

The pres­i­dent who promised us that his health care leg­is­la­tion would al­low us to keep our insurance plans and doc­tors now in­sists that his agree­ment with Iran will not al­low it to keep a nu­clear-weapons pro­gram. What the two pledges have in com­mon is that they are both lies. No mat­ter how many times such state­ments are re­peated and sec­onded by Pres­i­dent Obama’s par­ti­sans and the press, they amount to fraud — se­rial, in­ten­tional and po­ten­tially fatal fraud.

Here’s the dif­fer­ence: Thou­sands of Amer­i­cans may die as a re­sult of Team Obama’s do­mes­tic pol­icy mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions con­cern­ing Oba­macare, which for­mer fed­eral prose­cu­tor An­drew C. McCarthy has cor­rectly de­scribed as “crim­i­nal fraud.” How­ever, many times that num­ber are at risk as a re­sult of the Obam­abomb deal with Iran that amounts to na­tional se­cu­rity fraud.

For starters, there is no rea­son to dis­be­lieve the Ira­nian mul­lahs when they whip crowds into a frenzy with the phrase “Death to Amer­ica.” To the con­trary, there is plenty of ev­i­dence that they are in­tent on achiev­ing their stated goal of “a world with­out Amer­ica.”

Among the most alarm­ing such ev­i­dence can be found in the se­ries of steps the Ira­nian regime has taken to op­er­a­tional­ize its ca­pa­bil­ity to de­liver with­out warn­ing a dev­as­tat­ing, strate­gic elec­tro­mag­netic-pulse at­tack upon this coun­try. Tests in­volv­ing the launch­ing of mis­siles off barges in the Caspian Sea con­fer an abil­ity to fire them from ves­sels off Amer­ica’s coasts. Other ex­per­i­ments in­cluded the sim­u­lated de­liv­ery of a war­head to the mis­sile’s apogee — pre­cisely the sce­nario a con­gres­sional com­mis­sion warned could be used to un­leash an elec­tro­mag­netic pulse from high above the United States, in­flict­ing cat­a­strophic dam­age on the highly vul­ner­a­ble elec­tric grid and so­ci­ety be­low.

We are told that all that is miss­ing is a nu­clear war­head to place atop such mis­siles. Far from push­ing that omi­nous day into the fu­ture, let alone fore­clos­ing it al­to­gether, Mr. Obama’s deal with Iran can only make its ar­rival more cer­tain, and prob­a­bly more near-term.

For one thing, Iran has not been com­pelled to re­veal the full ex­tent of its nu­clear in­fra­struc­ture. Tehran se­cured this agree­ment by stealth, get­ting

Wash­ing­ton to ne­go­ti­ate for months be­hind the backs of its al­lies and present them with more or less a fait ac­com­pli worked out in se­cret bi­lat­eral talks bro­kered by the emir of Oman. The eas­i­est way for the Ira­ni­ans to deny us any ac­tual ben­e­fit from the re­sult­ing deal would be by con­tin­u­ing to ac­quire nu­clear weapons via the net­work of still-un­de­clared fa­cil­i­ties, cen­trifuges, test­ing grounds and other in­fra­struc­ture the regime is widely thought to have es­tab­lished.

For another, the sanc­tions that are be­ing eased will give Iran greater where­withal to achieve the mul­lahs’ nu­clear am­bi­tions. They are un­likely to be reim­posed, no mat­ter how badly the “in­terim” deal goes: Iran’s ve­towield­ing pa­trons, Rus­sia and China — which had pre­vi­ously done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to stave off se­ri­ous, mul­ti­lat­eral sanc­tions — are un­likely to go along with reim­pos­ing them.

In short, the Obam­abomb deal with Iran ex­em­pli­fies this pres­i­dent’s doc­trine: Em­bolden our en­e­mies. Un­der­mine our friends. Di­min­ish our coun­try.

Far from elim­i­nat­ing, or even ap­pre­cia­bly in­ter­fer­ing with, the

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