President Obama seems to have forgotten his claim that “no [Iran] deal is better than a bad deal.”
Let me be candid: I’m no nuclear physicist; I am a young businesswoman, an average citizen. But while I may not be an expert in nuclear proliferation, I do know this: America’s agreement with Iran is a bad deal.
And on Wednesday, I’ll be joining thousands of other people like myself in New York City for the STOP IRAN RALLY in Times Square to let U.S. lawmakers know that citizens plan to hold them accountable for the consequences of this dangerous deal that was just negotiated with Iran.
This deal gives Iran, the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, $150 billion in return for effectively nothing: No dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no anytime or anywhere inspections (in fact, they get 24 days’ notice), no eradication of Iran's ballistic missile program, no maintenance of the arms embargo, and no halt to Iran's sponsorship of terror.
And Iran also apparently gets to keep the four American citizens imprisoned there.
Sadly, this is not the first time our American leadership has sold us a deal that is not in our best interest. Why is the United States so incapable of learning from the past?
This Iran deal has all the earmarks of another bad moment in U.S. foreign policy: President Clinton’s 1994 deal with North Korea.
“This is a good deal for the United States,” President Clinton said at the time. “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons. The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments. ...Only as it does, so will North Korea fully join the community of nations.”
In the end, how well did that work out? Should we demonstrate a higher level of trust for the Iranians than the North Koreans? I, for one, will not be fooled again by empty promises and a replay of the North Korean debacle.
Iran has violated more than 20 international agreements. The Obama administration – and, more importantly, the American people – cannot trust the rogue nation to keep this one.
I’ve read through the entire Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and this deal lets the tiger out of the cage and feeds the beast of international terrorism by releasing $150 billion into the hands of the Mullahs without any commitment as to how it will be spent.
This deal will lead to nuclear proliferation in the region, many more deaths of Americans and our allies and an increase in international terrorism. It will embolden the Mullahs’ terrorist proxies -- Hezbollah and Hamas -- and threaten American interests and allies throughout the Middle East, Persian Gulf and Latin America.
The Obama administration uses scare tactics to falsely claim that the alternative to this deal is war. That is nonsense. This deal will increase the risks of war.
As the people of Iran dance in the streets in celebration, chanting “Death to America,” Americans need to broker a deal of their own: Insist Congress expose the evisceration of our national security and pass a strong resolution of disapproval.
We, the people, need to return America's Iran policy to a position of strength rather than one of capitulation.
Now is the time for Congress to stand up and protect the security of the American people and our future generations. During this pivotal moment in American history, will our leaders rise above politics and short-sighted economic considerations and demonstrate the courage to do what is right for our country? I intend to be at the STOP IRAN RALLY to demand that they do.
Eve Stieglitz is a Gen X businesswoman living in NYC and a volunteer atwww.stopiranrally.org