Please someone in the Congressional Black Caucus tell me how a nuclear Iran is good for the safety of the United Sates. Please someone in the liberal community tell me again how Obama has Israel’s best interests in mind. Please tell me again why Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu should not speak to a joint session of Congress. Because after reading this report, I need a good laugh.
According the Associated Press, the deal being negotiated by the United States and Iran would allow the rogue nation to build nuclear weapons toward the end of the agreement, which might end up anywhere from ten-twenty years from now.
The idea would be to reward Iran for good behavior over the last years of any agreement, by gradually lifting constraints on its uranium enrichment program imposed as part of a deal that would also would slowly ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Iran says it does not want nuclear arms and needs enrichment only for energy, medical and scientific purposes, but the U.S. fears Tehran could re-engineer the program to its other potential use — producing the fissile core of a nuclear weapon.
The U.S. initially sought restrictions lasting for up to 20 years; Iran had pushed for less than a decade.
On November 4, leaks from Iran, reported by the LA Times, explained that the US had begun making deep concessions:
The Obama administration has agreed to allow Iran to operate 6,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium, up from a proposed ceiling of 4,000 reported two weeks ago, as part of negotiations for a nuclear deal, according to a website approved by the Iranian government.
More recently the 6,000 number was bumped up to 6,500, which seemed to be confirmed by the Associated Press report.
Iran could be allowed to operate significantly more centrifuges than the U.S. administration first demanded, though at lower capacity than they currently run. Several officials spoke of 6,500 centrifuges as a potential point of compromise
The frightening element both to Israel and to the U.S. (now that the Russians are selling Iran long-range missiles) is that the way the deal is being structured, if Iran plays nice, the nuclear restrictions drop off toward the end of the agreement.
If the sides agree on 15 years, for instance, the strict controls could be in place for 10 years with gradual lifting over five. Possible easing of the controls could see Iran increasing the number of enriching centrifuges back toward the 10,000 or so it now has operating, and increasing the level of enrichment while keeping it well below levels approaching weapons-grade.
The officials represent different countries among the six world powers negotiating with Iran — the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the negotiations.
In other words, at the end of the deal, when a different President is in office, the Obama deal will allow the Iranian nuclear program to be right back where it is now, with one exception. There will be no sanctions on the terrorist-supporting nation.