Neville Chamberlain peered out of an upstairs window at No. 10 Downing Street. Below him was a great crowd that gathered to welcome him home from his meet up with Adolf Hitler.
“My good friends,” said Chamberlain, triumphantly, “for the second time in our history, a British prime minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor.” Indeed, said Chamberlain, “I believe it is ‘peace for our time.’”
With that, he urged the throng: “Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”
As President Obama this week talked up the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on which the United States and five other world powers agreed with the Islamic Republic of Iran, I was reminded of the so-called Munich Agreement of 1938 reached by Great Britain and two other European powers with Nazi Germany.
“This deal,” said Mr. Obama, “makes our country and the world safer and more secure.” And, as to lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have misgivings about the nuclear non-disarmament pact – for which the president is desperate to win congressional approval –well, sneered Mr. Obama, they’re just mouthing “a lot of talking points.”
I imagine Chamberlain said something along the same lines when Winston Churchill, who in 1938 was a member of Britain’s House of Commons, had the temerity to suggest that the deal the British leader cut with Herr Hitler wasn’t all that and a plate of chips.
“We are in the presence of a disaster of the first magnitude,” Churchill thundered. “We have sustained a defeat without a war … we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged.”
Much the same can be said of the deal Mr. Obama made with Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. If implemented, it is far more likely than not to be remembered as a disastrous turning point in world history, when the whole equilibrium of the Middle East was irreparably destabilized.
Mr. Obama disinforms that the accord reached in Vienna will “cut off every single one of Iran’s pathways to a … nuclear weapons program.”
And that the U.S. will “gain unprecedented around-the-clock monitoring of Iran’s key nuclear facilities in the most comprehensive and intrusive inspection and verification regime ever negotiated.”
And that implementation of the accord will realize the goal of “peacefully resolving a major threat to regional and international security.”
Well, no one who takes the time to read the 159-page Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (which also includes five annexes) can have confidence in the claims made by Mr. Obama.
Indeed, Iran will hardly dismantle the infrastructure it has in place, with which it eventually can produce nuclear bombs. All Mr. Obama managed to do is delay Iran for a mere matter of years after before the world’s No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism will join the ranks of the world’s nuclear powers.
As to the president’s guarantee that the inspection and verification regime laid out in the Vienna agreement will prevent Iran from cheating, it rings as hollow as the assurances President Bill Clinton made in 1994 that North Korea would abide by its promise to allow inspections and verification of its nuclear facilities (which the communists did not).
Finally, the nuclear deal to which Mr. Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei agreed will make Iran even more a threat to regional and international security – not the least because the United States acceded to the Ayatollah’s insistence that economic sanctions against his Islamic Republic be lifted.
What that means is Tehran will have $100 billion at its disposal, with which it can exponentially increase its financial aid to such terrorist groups as Hezbollah, while biding its time until it no longer is bound by the Vienna agreement and thereby free to start producing nuclear weapons.
President Obama has made a deal with the devil. And there will come the day when there is hell to pay.