U.S. can still fix Iran deal

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - LT. COL. DO­MINIK GE­ORGE NARGELE Ar­ling­ton

Pres­i­dent Obama may not have any in­ter­est in war, but war may have an in­ter­est in him, as the old Rus­sian proverb goes. Congress and the next pres­i­dent must cor­rect the dan­ger­ous Obama de­fense pol­icy on ground forces be­fore it does real harm to the U.S. mil­i­tary.

Hav­ing re­duced the U.S. Navy to pre-WorldWar-I lev­els, the Army to pre-World-War-II lev­els and nu­clear weapons to be­low 1950 lev­els, Mr. Obama is slash­ing na­tional se­cu­rity to the point that the United States will be ill­pre­pared for the kind of mis­sions that history, de­mo­graph­ics, tech­nol­ogy and pol­i­tics coun­sel us to ex­pect.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin is on his way to re­cap­tur­ing large parts of the ter­ri­tory the for­mer Soviet Union lost af­ter its col­lapse. He is now look­ing to take con­trol of the Arc­tic Sea and al­ready rou­tinely vi­o­lates our airspace over Alaska, Hawaii and Guam with long-range bombers. Rus­sia and Red China are rou­tinely en­croach­ing on our shores with sub­marines and war­ships; China’s navy will soon grow strong enough to dom­i­nate the Pa­cific and up its bul­ly­ing of our al­lies Ja­pan and the Philip­pines. China, Rus­sia and Iran are es­tab­lish­ing bases and out­posts in Latin Amer­ica, Cuba and the Caribbean. Mr. Putin has taken over the Mid­dle East and con­sid­ers Mr. Obama a weak fool who can al­ways be stared down.

Mr. Obama’s nu­clear deal with Iran, a cor­rupt theoc­racy that has killed thou­sands of Amer­i­cans in past years, is not based on re­al­ity. The Ira­nian version of the deal is a far cry from the Kerry/Obama pro­nounce­ments and has no prac­ti­cal value for Amer­ica. Iran has made a treaty with Mr. Putin, Syria and Iraq and has flouted Mr. Obama’s peace ad­vances, con­tin­u­ing to spon­sor global terror and tak­ing more U.S. cit­i­zens prisoner. The Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei has said Iran’s pol­icy to­ward the United States will not change.

But it’s not too late to re­verse course. Amer­ica can still strike the nu­clear and ter­ror­ist fa­cil­i­ties in Iran and de­stroy them. If we don’t, Tur­key, Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt and other coun­tries will be­come nu­clear states.

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