LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No victory lap warranted for Iranian deal passage

It appears the most controversial Iranian nuclear agreement is heading for the home stretch, with our president anticipating enough Democratic “yes” votes to eliminate any thought for dismissal of this dangerous document. He may have won this battle, but the war will continue to be waged.

The one major fact that both pro and con congressional members agree upon is that this treaty has many flaws. One continues to wonder — how does America truly secure our country, Israel and surrounding Middle Eastern countries from constant Iranian faithless behavior patterns?

Quite candidly, our negotiating team, headed by our current Secretary of State, “Big” John Kerry, was as intimidating to the Iranians as Mother Teresa would have been. We needed a tough negotiating unit, not the weak-willed self-appointed choices by the Obama Administration. The ability for Iran to police their own nuclear program is the equivalent of the fox guarding the hen house.

However, “Big” John assures us that all will be well. Forget the “special” nuclear agreement between the United Nations and Iran containing terms beneficial to the Iranian nuclear program. This appears to be completely ignored in Washington, D.C.

We have been told, although this is not a “good” deal, it should prove to be a real deterrent to Iran’s nuclear progress. This is the same Iran that will not allow any access to their military areas. It’s not a “good” deal, far from it, but to our learned leadership, the only game in town.

What real proof have America and the hallowed 5+l allied countries on the negotiating team officially received that Iran will honor the rules of this engagement? With allied nations like Russia and China, our ability to secure Iranian compliance is minus zero. America must exhibit real leadership in ensuring our security from the most terroristic nation in the world. Putting Iran on the “honor” system is living in a fool’s paradise.

Iran now appears to hold the winning hand that is unseen by American leadership. Forget the trust theory; just verify. Is that truly possible with the inept individuals we now have in power? These major concerns, if left unattended, will fester until they explode, and we will have no one to blame but the wrong nuclear negotiating team.

One can only trust, with the passing of this dangerous agreement, that President Obama does not take another victory lap after adding another notch on his “legacy” belt. The last time he gave one of those “laps,” we received Sgt. Bergdahl, and the five heavy hitters of terrorism were allowed to return to the loving arms of the Taliban. Kudos, Mr. President.

New strong leadership must be voted in on Nov. 8, 2016, as the imperative priority when electing our next president in order for America to return to greatness.

May God bless the United States of America.

Beverly Monahan

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