Monday, July 20, 2015

Graves: A bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all

(From Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves)

Last week, the President announced a nuclear agreement with Iran. Preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear bomb should have taken priority over everything in these negotiations.

Instead, the Obama administration’s plan will only delay Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon, and will likely invite other Middle East nations, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to develop their own programs.

Under the agreement, Iran is required to cut its number of uranium enriching centrifuges in half, sell most of its current uranium stockpile, and accept inspections with 24 days advance notice. In return, the United States and Europe will be giving Iran’s economy a major boost by eliminating hundreds of billions in economic sanctions.

Most importantly, the agreement does not force Iran to eliminate its non-civilian nuclear program, merely requiring it to halt expansion for 10 years. After those 10 years, Iran is free to resume and ramp up its nuclear program.

It is unfortunate that President Obama was interested in making a deal with Iran regardless of the cost. I am deeply concerned about the threat it poses to both the US and Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East. As Congress is given the opportunity to review and vote on this agreement, we must do everything possible to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon.


Anonymous said...

So you would rather Iran ramp up its' nuclear capability now. Do you have a better plan?

Anonymous said...

Continuing sanctions will make it harder for them to ramp up, and the total failure to call them out for current violations suggests they'll try to ramp up now, whatever happens to this agreement.

We've seen this sort of thing for a long time, like with the Soviets for all my life. Negotiating with sworn enemies can achieve only so much.

Anonymous said...

What difference does it make if Iran has nuclear weapons. Hey, they can get all they need from Pakistan if push comes to shove and they will eventually need them when Israel attacks them.

Dusty Roads said...

Man Barry is really taking a hard line stance against Iran.....rolls eyes

Anonymous said...

We need to return to the days when real men and patriots were running the show in Washington DC.

People like Michael Ledeen, John Poindexter, Ed Meese, Manucher Ghorbanifar, Oliver North, William Casey. They knew just how to git-it-dun. None of this Bolanding around for them. They knew there was no way at all to make a deal with Iran without the use of military weapons.