Friday, August 28, 2015

200 ex-generals write Congress: Reject nuke deal else Iran gets 'far more dangerous'

An estimated 200 retired generals and admirals put pen to paper and sent a letter to Congress to advise them to reject the nuclear deal pressed by President Obama, saying the world will become a more dangerous place if it's approved.

"The agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies," the letter stated.

It was addressed to House Majority Leader John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

The writers say the "agreement as constructed does not 'cut off every pathway' for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons," an apparent reference to the terminology President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry used to tout the benefits of the deal.

"To the contrary," it continues, "it actually provides Iran with a legitimate path to doing that simply by abiding the deal."

The generals and admirals say the agreement will let Iran enrich uranium, develop centrifuges and keep up work on its heavy-water plutonium reactor at Arak.

And also of concern, they write: "The agreement is unverifiable. Under the terms of the [agreement] and a secret side deal (to which the United States is not privy), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be responsible for inspections under such severe limitations as to prevent them from reliably detecting Iranian cheating."

The letter references the widely reported 24-day delay that was given Iran to keep out inspectors, under the terms of the forged deal. And it also mentions the facet of the agreement that "requires inspectors to inform Iran in writing as to the basis for its concerns about an undeclared site," and says such allowances are inappropriate and dangerous.

"While failing to assure prevention of Iran's nuclear weapons development capabilities, the agreement provides by some estimated $150 billion ... or more to Iran in the form of sanctions relief," the letter states.

And their conclusions?

"As military officers, we find it unconscionable that such a windfall could be given to a regime that even the Obama administration has acknowledged will use a portion of such funds to continue to support terrorism in Israel, throughout the Middle East and globally," they wrote, summarizing the agreement is a danger to the world.

"Accordingly, we urge the Congress to reject this defective accord," the letter wraps.

Among the signers: Admiral David Architzel, U.S. Navy, retired; Admiral Stanley Arthur, U.S. Navy, retired; General Alfred Hansen, U.S. Air Force, retired; Admiral James Hoggs, U.S. Navy, retired; and General Ronald Yates, U.S. Air Force, retired.

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