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On Iran Trump’s Advisors Offer Dumb And Dumber Options

As we’ve explained in any number of articles, most recently in Will Trump Cave to McMaster, Tillerson and Mattis on Obamabomb Deal? And exhaustively in  Countdown To Get Us Out Of The Obamabomb Deal With Iran and, Even UN Says Iran Not Complying With Obama Nuclear Weapons DealConservative National Security Experts Urge President Trump to Withdraw From Obama's Nuclear Deal With IranPresident Trump’s UN Speech vs. Action On Iran And North Korea and If North Korea Has Miniature Nukes, So Does Iran,  the inevitable result of continuing to falsely certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear weapons deal, and allowing their continued nuclear weapons and missile development cooperation, is an anti-American world Dumb and Dumberdominated by two nuclear-armed rogue states; North Korea and Iran.

The message that the United States must stop falsely certifying that Iran is in compliance with the Obama – Iran nuclear weapons deal (JCPOA) seems to be getting through to the President, but the next step – withdrawing from the agreement entirely – continues to run into strong opposition from Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Mattis and most especially from National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

Now, our friend Fred Fleitz, senior vice president for policy and programs with the Center for Security Policy, and a former staffer at the CIA and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has alerted us to what appears to be the final push by Mattis, Tillerson and McMaster to have the President recertify the Iran deal.

Fleitz, whose book Obamabomb is must read if you want to understand the breadth of the national security disaster caused by Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran, is one of the smartest guys around on the issues presented by the JCPOA.

He tells us the president’s national security advisers – led by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson -- have presented him with two absurd options to “decertify” the JCPOA but to keep the United States in this deeply flawed agreement.  These options are so bad that Fleitz described them as “dumb” and “dumber.”

Fred Fleitz said in a recent op-ed for Fox:

Under the dumb option, Mr. Trump would decertify the JCPOA, remain in the agreement to fix it later and Congress would reimpose sanctions lifted under the nuclear agreement.  Congress would act under provisions of the Coker-Cardin Act which allow expedited consideration of taking such action over a 60-day period.  

This dumb option has two huge problems.  First, there is zero chance Iran will agree to any changes to the nuclear deal or give back the huge concessions it extracted from Secretary of State John Kerry.  Second, it appears that moderate Senate Republicans will side with Democrats to block passage of any sanctions that could endanger the Iran deal.  

The dumber option – unfortunately, the top option of Trump’s advisers – calls for President Trump to decertify, remain in the agreement, and to not impose any additional sanctions.  The purpose of this option is to end the requirement that the president certify the agreement to Congress every 90 days and postpone imposing new sanctions to give U.S. diplomats a chance to fix the JCPOA and convince Iran to agree to changes.  

This is a dumber option because it is exactly what the Obama administration wanted and what Hillary Clinton would have pressed for if she had won the election: protecting the JCPOA by dropping the prospect of new sanctions, doing away with the certification requirement and answering criticism of the deal by engaging in endless talks with Iran and European diplomats to fix the agreement.

We could also call this the Boeing or the merchants of death option, because that is the option preferred by all of those globalist interests that prefer to ignore Iran’s threat to peace and western civilization so that they can enhance next quarter’s profits with billions of dollars in sales to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

And we are not alone in our thinking. As Fred Feitz observed in his Fox op-ed, many disagree Iran is in compliance with the JCPOA, including Senators Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, David Perdue, R-Ga., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who spelled out major instances of Iranian noncompliance and cheating in a July 11, 2017 letter to Secretary of State Tillerson.  The senators noted in their letter that Iran refuses to allow inspections of military sites and reports by German intelligence of Iranian cheating.

As we pointed out in our article, Even UN Says Iran Not Complying With Obama Nuclear Weapons Deal, International Atomic Energy Agency Director Amano made a stunning revelation in a late September Reuters interview that the IAEA is unable to verify Iran is implementing the JCPOA because it does not have the means to ensure that Tehran has not engaged in activities that “could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”

The case for decertifying that Iran is in compliance and take us out of the agreement has been made, as we pointed out above, on numerous occasions, and with great force – yet Mattis, Tillerson and McMaster continue to maintain that President Trump should not withdraw from this disaster.

According to a scoop by POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson:

Donald Trump’s national security team has unanimously recommended that he decertify the Iran nuclear deal — but that he stop short of pushing Congress to reimpose sanctions on Tehran that could unravel the agreement.

Trump’s team plans to work with Congress and European allies to apply new pressure on the Iranian regime, according to a strategy developed in an Iran policy review led by national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

Johnson reports that Iran has warned that if the U.S. reimposes sanctions, Tehran might restart its nuclear program.

This is of course a smokescreen because the evidence is that Iran never stopped its nuclear weapons program, so threatening to restart it puts the United States no worse off than it is now.

Our take is that this “decertify, but stay in strategy” is a scam engineered by McMaster and the cadre of Obama holdovers he has brought into the National Security Council staff to rope-a-dope Trump into leaving the Obamabomb agreement in place until a President who shares the Obama worldview can be elected and inaugurated.

The ayatollahs are using Obama’s handiwork to legitimize their terrorist state, facilitate (and conceal) their continuing nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs, and acquire valuable resources from gullible negotiating partners. Ambassador John Bolton is right, the idea of staying in, but decertifying is too cute by half – it is time to withdraw cleanly from the Obamabomb deal.

The next certification date is October 15, 2017. In the face of all of the Obamabomb agreement’s obvious flaws, recertifying the agreement, but staying in it is, in our view, rank political cowardice.

We urge our CHQ readers and friends to contact the White House through this link. Tell President Trump that he must not bow to pressure to falsely certify that Iran is in compliance with the Obama nuclear weapons deal and that it is time to withdraw from Obama’s disastrous nuclear weapons deal with Iran completely and prepare every available option to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's A veteran of over 300 political campaigns, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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