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Why An “Aye” Vote is the Wrong Vote for the Iran Deal

In Articles on September 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm
Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

There are options other than war and a bad deal in the fight to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon

by Lenny McAllister

When Mike Doyle, Keith Rothfus and others reconvene on Capitol Hill, America will face another historic moment, one that determines our role as a force for good and a protector of peace for our nation and our allies.

Right now, Iran has the resources and the know-how to produce several nuclear weapons. Setbacks originating from the Stuxnet virus 5 years ago and fairly recent assurances from the Obama Administration that Iran was not readily “breakout-capable” have not deterred Iran. Neither have strong international sanctions, as Iran has been capable of maintaining nuclear progress including covert operations at Fordow while enduring hits to its economy.

America and our allies share a primary goal that must not be overlooked in the quest to secure any deal in lieu of a good deal. We must prevent Iran from destabilizing the Middle East and beyond with its support of terrorism throughout the region and its long-standing, hate-filled opposition to Israel and America.

Any agreement that focuses on checking off one box of an agenda without securing the overall mission fails us and our friends around the world.

Feedback on this proposed agreement has united “strange bedfellows” in a manner that few issues have. Israeli leaders – fresh off of a competitive and turbulent election – have come together in opposition to this deal. Saudi leaders have denounced it, leading to concerns that nuclear proliferation in the region may emerge. Democratic leaders in the US Senate, including former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez and potential minority leader Chuck Schumer, both oppose the deal along with their Republican colleagues, leaving President Obama scrambling to find the votes to finalize the agreement.

Looking at assumptions made in the deal, it is not hard to see why it is a tough sell. Terms include a commitment from Iran to not develop nor acquire a nuclear weapon. On its face, this sounds good, but the term comes with the caveat that Iran does not need to disclose its past nuclear activities, including those that occurred at facilities discovered through Western surveillance, not Iranian open disclosure. Another condition supposedly imposes a permanent ban on Iranian development of weapons capabilities. Yet, without knowing the scope of Iranian progress to date, we are left in the dark about where Iran truly is with weaponization and, thus, left in the shadows of uncertainty. With roughly $140 billion – over 20 times the annual budget of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – available immediately if the agreement is confirmed, more uncertainty for America and our allies in the region is not a position we should advance.

Mr. Doyle and other supporters state that the agreement will block paths to enrichment for weapons use. However, the deal does not keep the Iranians from procuring the necessary know-how to produce advanced centrifuges, thus allowing for future enrichment. This allows Iran to be able to move forward in developing technology required to eventually reach breakout status.

Supporters of the deal lean on Iran’s pledge to aid monitoring and inspection of its facilities. It was often repeated that we would have “24/7 access” to ensure compliance. Yet, we now know that access can be delayed for weeks under this deal, allowing Iran to continue to keep key components of their nuclear advancement off-radar, just as they did with Fordow. Former IAEA Deputy Director-General Olli Heinonen stated that this loophole is a “recipe for cheating … (considering so) … much of this equipment is very easy to move.”

This, coupled with technical know-how, creates a recipe for disaster.

Further, both sides of the deal are at odds over how “openness” and “access” are defined by the deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan have said that Iran has the right to deny access to military sites for nuclear inspection as part of the agreement. Delayed access to nuclear facilities coupled with lack of access to military sites yield a problematic duo for upholding the tenets of this proposed deal.

Even the promise of “snapback sanctions” are interpreted vastly differently by the two sides. Zarif has already stated that the flood of foreign companies into Iran after this deal is finalized will nullify the impact of any future sanctions. Countries such as China and Russia – nations that have been aggressive militarily in their own regions recently – have already lined up deals with the Iranians, including projects related to nuclear energy. “Snapback sanctions” would likely yield sagging results.

Senator Menendez noted that the deal is based on hope, not verification. Both Mr. Rothfus and he are right to oppose this deal . Mr. Doyle is wrong to support it. Iran has escalated tensions with us since 1979. They remain hostile to our nation and our allies. Congressional failure to enact further sanctions earlier and the promotion of this unsettling deal currently put us in a compromised position. We have seen this repeatedly with the Obama Administration, with foreign policy missteps with ISIS, Libya, and Yemen. Obama’s implicit belief that the only alternative to this deal is war lacks nuanced negotiating or foreign affairs foresight, as we experienced in 2011 with Iraq. Just recently, the Administration incorrectly calculated the amount of Iranian centrifuges at hundreds, not thousands. Continuing down this path would be wrong for our allies, wrong in the fight against global terrorism, and wrong for the prospect of long-term peace. Bad deals do not keep bad men from committing bad acts. We are not in a position to allow bad agreements with bad men a chance to work some good. We ended that costly lesson 70 years ago in 1945. We must not re-learn that lesson now.

Lenny McAllister, a former RNC operative under Chairman Michael Steele, is a Republican strategist and talk show host on PCNC and Newsradio 1020 KDKA.

Mr. Doyle’s position for the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

Mr. Rothfus’ position against the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

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Who Won with Iran Nuke Deal? The GTTP Panel Debates

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:03 am
Tenured diplomat Ambassador Dan Simpson discusses the Iranian nuclear deal with the "Get To The Point Panel" on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel

Tenured diplomat Ambassador Dan Simpson discusses the Iranian nuclear deal with the “Get To The Point Panel” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Photo: Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (July 24, 2015) – The ”Get To The Point” Panel talks with Lenny McAllister about the details and possible impacts of the Iranian nuclear deal from the perspectives of the USA, its allies (including Israel), and Iran during these segments from “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel. The GTTP Panel for this episode includes noted diplomat Ambassador Dan Simpson (of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Gregg Roman (former staffer with The Knesset in Israel), and Dr. Joshua Forrest (chair of the political science department at La Roche College in Pittsburgh).

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9), the sister station of the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI, on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

View this conversation from “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

The Iranian Nuke Deal: Buying Time or Securing Peace?

In Audio, Video on August 3, 2015 at 10:53 am
Is the deal with Iran a good move by America and her allies or a step in the wrong direction for peace in the Middle East?

Is the deal with Iran a good move by America and her allies or a step in the wrong direction for peace in the Middle East?

PITTSBURGH (July 24, 2015) – Lenny McAllister (NightTalk: Get To The Point) uses this “Starting Point” commentary for the July 24 program on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel to probe whether there is a precedent of bad actors taking advantage of negotiations in order to “buy time” for future actions, wondering if the Iranian nuclear deal is another example or if the deal is a sound step towards global peace.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

This “Starting Point” commentary from “Get To The Point” from Friday, July 24 can be viewed by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

American Exceptionalism and Global Leadership (August 1 2014)

In Articles, Video on September 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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“All (of these recent) events have some begging the question: is the United Stats of America still the sole superpower – and should we be?”

 

PITTSBURGH (August 1, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

“There was an inspiring young politician that not only caught the imagination of the nation with soaring rhetoric, but he also captured the hopes of the international community along the way. That led to a stop in Norway to pick up a Nobel peace prize before his first year as president was complete. Yet, old man Obama has to wonder about the promise of the earliest days of his administration, back at a time when there was a belief that new leadership in the white house could broker new partnerships and strengthen existing ones – all for the sake of world peace. Now, it seems every corner of the world is riddled with bullets, bombs, and the brink of all-out war.

“These events beg the question: is the United States of America still the sole superpower on earth – and should we be? Should there be one strong nation that ends up serving as the police of the world? Is fixing issues aboard really brokering peace for us at home, or is it just sticking our nose in places where it simply doesn’t belong? American Exceptionalism not only includes the pursuit of happiness and the protection of God-given rights for our citizens. It also includes the courage, the ethics, and the leadership to lead a world…during World War II and the threat of communism and nuclear annihilation in the 1980s.”

 

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” concerning America’s current role in world affairs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

 

LISTEN: The McAllister Minute (March 20 – 26, 2013)

In Audio, The McAllister Minute on March 20, 2013 at 10:45 am
"...there’s a Charm Offensive that we all must hope works over these next few days. It’s the one going on in the Middle East..."  Lenny McAllister talks about the importance of the Obama/Netanyahu meetings in Israel this week on this version of "The McAllister Minute"

“…there’s a Charm Offensive that we all must hope works over these next few days. It’s the one going on in the Middle East…” Lenny McAllister talks about the importance of the Obama/Netanyahu meetings in Israel this week on this version of “The McAllister Minute”

“Remember the recent ‘Charm Offensive’ that President Obama started with Republican leaders in an attempt to win them over? Some Republicans saw it as a first step, but they certainly didn’t seem to be swooned over by the president’s advances – despite free lunches and a promise for a call back.

“How about the annual 3-day ‘Charm Offensive’ that is known as CPAC? Conservatives see it as a step in the right direction to win elections, but they certainly didn’t seem to swoon any new voters quite yet – despite rousing speeches and a breakout panel discussion where slavery was called free room and board.

“Yet, there’s a Charm Offensive that we all must hope works over these next few days. It’s the one going on in the Middle East.

“With the increased nuclear capabilities of the Iranians despite sanctions by the West, Obama and Netanyahu must completely erase the image that the two are not lockstep in ensuring both Israel’s safety in the Middle East, but also peace throughout a region that could easily spark World War III. With the increased trade discrepancies and cyber-attacks coming from the Chinese, the Americans need a united front with its allies as we continue to combat a nation that refuses to play by the same rules of peace while we attempt to avoid economic and military wars.”

Catch Lenny McAllister’s latest version of “The McAllister Minute” on one of over 400 stations found on the American Urban Radio Network starting today by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE.