The Iran Deal: Bad for America, Dangerous for the World

September 12, 2015
Editorial

by Representative John Moolenaar

President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is dangerous for the American people and our allies around the world.

Across Michigan’s Fourth District, I have heard from thousands of constituents and they are overwhelmingly opposed to this deal. Along with a bipartisan majority of Americans, they understand what the Obama Administration does not; this deal is bad for America. 

Why Is This a Bad Deal? 

Short of immediate access to a nuclear weapon, Iran has been given all that it wants.

Even supporters of the deal agree the United States cannot trust Iran, and that Iran will likely cheat. So why reward bad behavior? It only encourages more of it.

Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism around the world and this deal gives it immediate access to billions of dollars it can use to fund terrorism against our country and our allies.

The deal lifts weapons sanctions and allows Iran to develop intercontinental missiles that will be able to reach targets in the United States.

It also allows Iran to keep its underground, fortified nuclear facility at Fordow. Even President Obama has said Iran does not “need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordow in order to have a peaceful nuclear program.”

Finally, within 15 years, Iran will be allowed to have an internationally recognized nuclear weapons program capable of attacking targets anywhere in the world.  

What About Nuclear Inspections?

Under the deal, Americans are banned from inspecting Iran’s sites. This is a failure of U.S. diplomacy and it means that compliance is neither verifiable nor enforceable.

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have secret inspection deals, including one that allows Iran to self-inspect Parchin, a military site associated with nuclear activity. Where is the accountability to the American people that compliance is assured?

The deal also allows Iran to deny IAEA requests for site visits for 24 days, possibly longer. The dispute review process is lengthy and convoluted, and allows Russia and Iran to have a vote on the board that resolves the disputes. When Russia wants to sell weapons to Iran, can we really trust those countries with our national security?

Is War with Iran the Only Alternative to This Deal?

No. In fact, this bad deal makes war more likely. 

Already, Iran’s neighbors are worried about a Middle East arms race and the White House has had to make arms deals to reassure them. Saudi Arabia will be using the new arms in Yemen, where it is fighting forces backed by Iran.

To be clear, economic sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table and can again. Even Democrats who support the deal say that sanctions can be snapped back into place if Iran violates the agreement. 

If sanctions could be snapped back if and when Iran violates the deal, they could also be leveraged to negotiate a better agreement.

What Is a Better Agreement?

A better agreement requires Iran to change its behavior before receiving sanctions relief. It requires Iran to commit to anytime, anywhere inspections, end its support of terrorism, adopt conciliatory and constructive rhetoric that promotes peace, and adhere to a long-term, multi-decade commitment not to pursue nuclear weapons.

In addition, innocent Americans imprisoned by the Iranian regime should be immediately released.

That is a better agreement. It would ensure America’s national security and make the world a safer place.