The United States and Iran have been on a collision course for decades, and history dictates that America is better off fighting the Muslim extremists now than later.
When Pres. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the lopsided Iran Nuclear deal, he showed bold initiative and put the world on notice that American might is nothing to be trifled with. Pres. Obama, who engaged in a world apology tour and groveled before foreign leaders, even enemies, showed greater interest in garnering positive headlines than protecting the homeland. With the mainstream media supporting his every debacle, the ex-president earned the praise of the liberal press, open borders advocates in Europe and became an ISIS darling. After all, the more than $150 billion in cold hard American cash shipped to the rogue nation helped fund terrorism.
Whether Obama knew it or not, Iran had no intention of living up to its limited denuclearization agreement. Allowing the arrangement to play out until its logical end in just seven years would have given Iranian hardliners the time, resources and ability to covertly ready themselves for a nuclear launch. Never once did Iran’s leaders waiver in their disdain for Israel or the United States as they thumbed their noses at Obama, chanting in the streets, “Death to America! Death to Israel!” The Obama-era policy of “Strategic Patience” is over. The time to act is now.
Iran Lied About Nuclear Program
The left-leaning Washington Post called the Obama deal an ongoing blunder in 2017, citing expert testimony that Iran had violated the treaty.
“The 2015 nuclear deal obligated Iran to keep no more than 130 metric tons of heavy water, a material used in the production of weapons-grade plutonium,” Iran analyst Omri Ceren reportedly said. “But the Iranians have continued to produce heavy water, and they exceeded the cap in February and November. The violations (are) functionally blackmailing the Obama administration: Either someone would purchase the excess heavy water, allowing Iran to literally profit from violating the deal, or the Iranians would go into formal noncompliance, endangering the deal.”
In hindsight, it appears North Korea may have been the recipient of Iran’s nuclear weapons-building raw materials. The sanctions lifted at the behest of Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry, who may have criminally violated the Logan Act, were used to develop military capabilities despite claiming they wanted to improve their citizen’s quality of life.
According to international news organization Reuters, “Iranian lawmakers approved plans (in 2017) to expand military spending to five percent of the budget, including developing the country’s long-range missile program which U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to halt. The vote is a boost to Iran’s military establishment –– the regular army, the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and defense ministry — which was allocated almost 2 percent of the 2015-16 budget.”
These reports refute the propaganda peddled that the Obama-era agreement would support so-called “moderates” and rein in “hard-liners.” The Iran nuke deal clearly ratcheted up the power of hardline Muslim extremists, as critics expected.
In recent weeks, American ally Israel has shared upwards of a “half-ton” of top secret documents that show Iran has been covertly developing nuclear weapons at secure locations. When the deal would have expired in seven short years, Iran could have been a nuclear-ready enemy nation with long-range missile capabilities. That would have put every American life in jeopardy.
It’s Better To Topple Iranian Regime Now
The Trump Administration has seen a significant shakeup at the top. Incoming advisors such as John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are considered hardline policy hawks that prefer the stick to the carrot in terms of diplomacy. Combined with Pres. Trump’s multinational deal-making, that approach brought North Korea to the treaty table after the three prior administrations failed miserably. It remains to be seen whether Iran can be brought to heel. But, if not, American interests call for regime change.
Consider that Iran recently fired a mere 20 projectiles at Israel in the occupied Golan Heights and suffered a devastating response. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made good on his promised of a “7-fold” response for any aggression against the Jewish State. Israeli forces leveled Iran’s military outposts in Syria after coordinating its air and missile assault with Russia.
Consider that the United States has far and away the most powerful military ever assembled in the history of the world. Middle East ally Israel ranks only 14th, and was able to devastate Iran overnight. Iran is not even ranked in the top 20 military powers. America has other powerful allies in the region as well, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — which also supports Israel and virulently opposes Iran.
With nuclear weapons off the table, the United States could cripple Iran’s military capabilities in a matter of days and effect regime change. A nuclear-ready Iran would threaten Israel and could potentially hit an American city. The United States is better off dealing with this long-time enemy now while Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel and others are strong allies.
~ Liberty Planet