By Rebecca Theodore
If one of the broader sense of national security includes the need to preserve the state through ‘political will,’ then it is evident that unpopular measures are needed in dismantling the P5+1 brokered Geneva deal to halt Iran’s nuclear program in the Middle East.
Rebecca Theodore is an op-ed columnist based in Washington, DC. She writes on national security and political issues. Follow her on twitter @rebethd or email at email@example.com
Although Iranian president Rouhani’s platform of centrism and reform seeks to change Iran’s relations with the United States and the world at large, there are good reasons to be cynical.
More and more, national security studies are showing that “it is Iran that is helping the Muslim brotherhood in its takeover of Egypt. It is Iran that is continuing to stir the bloody civil war in Syria and helping al-Qaeda in gaining control of Libya. It is Iran that is supporting the terrorist in Lebanon and Gaza that are attacking Israel and it is Iran that is behind all the allied strikes in Afghanistan.”
And herein lies the sickening betrayal.
It is now clear, that the Obama administration is using the Geneva nuclear deal as a conciliatory gesture with Iran at the expense of its own national security. By altering the nuclear landscape of the Middle East, it is continuing to place a strain on US-Israeli relations and the Sunni nation of Saudi Arabia as well.
Despite Secretary of State Kerry’s claim that the “P5+1 deal is a good one that offers the US a chance at a diplomatic solution to a longstanding nuclear crisis in the Middle East,” at the same time, a shady and menacing turn of an Islamic winter at the hands of Shi’ite Iran now looms in the distance.
Indeed, the enemy has “unclenched its fist” but even the silence of deceit and deception are breached.
In the Obama administration’s haste to flaunt a foreign policy accomplishment in the Middle East at a time when it is burdened with low approval ratings, and a growing CNN/ORC poll that suggest that he is unable to manage the nation, it has now ushered in a new era of nuclear proliferation and an Islamist arms race in the Middle East which will be catastrophic on all humanity.
In all truism, it was the Bush regime of economic and political conquest of Iraq that gave way to the Arab Spring, thus encouraging Iranian domination in the Middle East. Now, we must be obliged to see that it is the Obama administration that is starting an Islamic nuclear winter in the Middle East.
Whereas critics may further charge that “Iran has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes is justifiable, because the objective of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty is to promote co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy,” the issue at stake is not the ability to develop nuclear capability but rather, who possesses the capability and for want purpose it will be used.
Irrefutably, the Geneva deal has fortified Iran’s regional ambitions of turning all the countries in the Middle East into an unbroken stretch of sharia extremism and pushed the day of reckoning dangerously closer; but on the other hand, the deal is also a compelling one to seek for a more viable solution that guarantees the security of Israel.
It now seems that the Republicans’ accusation of “promoting a peace of appeasement in the Middle East by the Obama administration” has been manifested. The Obama administration has sacrificed Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states at the altar of perfidy, thus allowing Iran legitimate supremacy of the Middle East. The prevailing defect in Obama’s leadership now has to do with his own national security team, and not with his opponents. The president will not be saved from the folly. This will be his lasting legacy.
Given this agenda, the P5+1 deal is the new day of deliverance for Conservatives to grab the spotlight and thrust their credibility as “protectors of the flock” into 2016 and beyond. Republicans should now seize the moment to kill the prospect by imposing sanctions, for as Iranian foreign minister Java Zarif himself declares, “If the bill passes through Congress the deal is dead.”
Thus, a new articulation of ‘political will’ among conservatives is now desperately needed in Washington.