Iran deal makes America less safe

By: Brennan Kohls

On Jan. 12, Iran captured 10 U.S. sailors and held them captive overnight after their patrol boats drifted into Iranian waters for unknown reasons. The next day, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration expressed gratitude to the Iranian government for releasing the sailors.

In July of 2015, it was announced that the government had reached an agreement with Iran over nuclear capabilities. Barack Obama and Kerry assured the American people that Iran would not produce nuclear bombs in exchange for a lift in economic sanctions, which would release almost $150 billion to the terrorist regime in Tehran. The deal is severely flawed in many ways that it is hard to understand how our president thinks this is a good plan.

One of the biggest holes in this is the fact that the Iranians are going to self-inspect their nuclear sites. Why would anyone think letting the Iranian government self-inspect their sites is a good idea? It’s like students in middle school grading their own finals. You know they are going to cheat and give themselves 100 percent on the results. The Obama administration trusts Iran with nuclear weapons, but it doesn’t trust American citizens with an AR15.

The next big problem with the plan is the Iranian government is the number one state sponsor of terrorism. They fund groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Hamas attacks Israeli men, women and children with rockets, mortars and stabbings. Hezbollah is known for the suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut that killed 63 people, 17 of them Americans in 1983. Even though our government knows that they fund groups like these, a huge part of the deal was to lift of economic sanctions, releasing almost $150 billion. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that some of this money will go to terrorist groups who kill innocent people. Kerry, the former anti-war protester who accused the United States of war crimes in Vietnam, admitted that the deal will give billions of dollars to terrorists. He told CNBC in an interview, “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.” It is against the law to negotiate with terrorists, so why are we negotiating with the number one sponsor of terror?

After all that, we still have the fact that Iran hates America. When the deal was being negotiated, Iranians were burning the American flag and chanting “Death to America” in the streets. The leader of the terrorist regime, Hassan Rouhani, led these chants, but yet we continued to make a deal with them.

In the ’90s, President Bill Clinton made a “landmark” nuclear deal with North Korea, and we all know how that went. On his deal, Clinton said in the briefing room at the White House on Oct. 18, 1994, “Under the agreement, North Korea has agreed to freeze its existing nuclear program and to accept international inspection of all existing facilities.” Twenty years later, the North Koreans are researching delivery systems for their nuclear warheads. These deals do nothing to prevent them from producing a WMD.

After all the money that Iran will be receiving, in early January, Iran captured 10 of our sailors after the US vessel drifted into Iranian waters. There was no resistance at all. We know this because the Iranian government had cameras there videotaping the whole thing, which is against the Geneva convention. You can’t take photos or video of prisoners.

Why were our sailors not allowed to fire on the Iranians coming to take them prisoner? The boats that the Americans were aboard, had everything from M240 light machine guns to heavy .50 caliber machine guns. The Iranian so called “attack boats” were just speed boats with Iranian sailors on them. The Americans should have been able to tear them apart, but why weren’t they allowed to fire? The Iranians were coming at them with hostile intent, but yet there was no resistance. Is it because our government wants the relationship between Iran and the United States to look great after the “landmark” nuclear deal, and so we ordered the sailors not to fire?

After holding our sailors overnight and finally releasing them, our leaders thanked the terrorist regime in Tehran. Kerry said this in relation to the incident, “I want to express my gratitude to the Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter.”

You have got to be out of your mind to thank a terrorist government for releasing the U.S. sailors that they unlawfully took prisoner. This is one of those moments where I really question whose side our leaders, meaning Obama and Kerry, are on. Say what you will about President George Bush, but at least we knew that his interest was protecting the United States.

There aren’t many excuses you can make for the Obama administration on this one. This wasn’t a mistake, this wasn’t stupidity, this was treason. We’ve known that Obama doesn’t care about protecting our country for awhile now, but he isn’t even trying to make an excuse for it this time.

As we’ve seen, the Iran Deal makes us less safe. Our enemies now see us as weak. Obama has made this country look feeble with the severely flawed and dangerous Iran Deal.

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