Rep. Trott: Beware a bad deal with Iran
President Barack Obama is trying to sell the American people on his nuclear deal with Iran, yet the framework of the agreement fails to even meet the goals the president himself originally set.
Rather than pressing for a complete elimination of Iran’s nuclear program, the administration chose to boost Iran’s economy in exchange for merely slowing down their nuclear development. The result is an agreement that is reckless, dangerous, and likely to lead to a nuclear bomb in the hands of the Iranians.
In 2012, Obama pledged that “the deal we’ll accept” is that Iran will “end their nuclear program.” Additionally, he demanded that the Islamic republic “abide by the U.N. resolutions that have been in place” — meaning Iran would have to stop all nuclear activity.
Yet, the president’s agreement does exactly the opposite by conceding that Iran be allowed to maintain its bomb-making technology. The rogue nation will continue with thousands of nuclear centrifuges for the next decade, and then have no restraints on its nuclear enrichment in 15 years.
Plain and simple, this is a great deal for Iran, and a dangerous deal for America.
Like many concerned citizens in southeast Michigan, I believe Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon. They shouldn’t have a nuclear program in 10 years, or 15 years, or ever. Diplomacy should always be our nation’s first approach in international predicaments, but that does not mean the United States must strike a bad deal to lift effective sanctions in exchange for a short-term pause in Iran’s bomb-making ambitions.
Iran has made it clear that it cannot be trusted and is no friend to liberty and freedom. As recently as last month, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for “death to America.” Its support of terrorism and promises to “wipe Israel off the map” make it difficult to believe that Iran will hold up its end of any agreement.
We should not accept any deal that falls short of a complete elimination of the rogue nation’s atomic program. Unfortunately, it seems Obama is more interested in signing any agreement to bolster his legacy and reinforce his world view than he is in working with Congress, and our allies in Israel, to craft a stronger solution that will put an end to Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb.
The American people deserve to have any agreement on Iran’s nuclear ambitions debated and reviewed by Congress. The elected representatives of the people need to have their voices heard in an open, vigorous debate.
Both Democrats and Republicans agree that with so much at stake, the president must ensure Congress has an opportunity to vote on the framework of this deal. Even one of Obama’s strongest supporters, Sen. Chuck Schumer — probably the next Democrat leader in the Senate — declared, “I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement.”
History has shown us that a bad deal meant to secure peace has created some of the most terrible wars the world has ever known. We cannot allow that to happen again.
The president’s deal is good news for Iran, but leads America and its allies down a dangerous path that I believe may put the world’s most dangerous weapons in the hands of the world’s most dangerous nation.
I am hopeful that the president will show Congress the same good faith he offered the Iranians and work with representatives and senators to abandon this dangerous plan and put America in a stronger position to permanently eliminate Iran’s nuclear program.
Congressman Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, represents the 11th District and is on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.