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Nuking The Nuke Deal

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May 8th, 2018

Living up to one of his main campaign promises, President Trump today withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement. Calling it a “horrible, one-sided deal” and “defective at its core”, Trump delineated the reasons for withdrawal.

They include, among others, (1) the inability to inspect military sites, (2) lack of restrictions on ballistic missile development, (3) lack of restrictions on financing international terrorist activities and (4) the prospect of turning the region into a nuclear wasteland as neighboring countries develop their own nuclear capability in defense against Iran.

As expected, France, the UK, Germany and a chorus of Democrat politicians at home decry our withdrawal. But, they can’t credibly dispute Trump’s reasons.

For example, as part of the deal, Iran received in excess of $55 billion in payments from the U.S.  Where did the money go? It’s hardly a head scratcher. Since the agreement was signed, Iran’s military budget has grown by almost 40% while its economy remains depressed. Iran has also increased its financing of international terrorism and accelerated the development of its ballistic missile program. Last September, it successfully tested a missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, some or all of which can be nuclear.

In 2016 when the deal was signed, John Kerry acknowledged that some of the payments to Iran would finance terrorist activities. But, he said, the U.S. could do nothing about it.  Those activities have since killed hundreds of Americans. The loss of our lives should not be an acceptable part of the price paid to the leading sponsor of terrorism.

Chuck Schumer and others contend that withdrawing from the Iran deal will impede our ability to negotiate a deal with North Korea. In reality, the opposite is true. Our withdrawal today underscores to Kim Jong Un our determination to strike only deals that are fair to the U.S. Embarrassingly bad agreements went out with the last Administration.

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The Weak That Was

Another week has passed at last. Unfortunately, it looked a lot like the last one and a whole bunch before that.

Republicans and the DOJ continue at each other’s throats, fighting over the release of documents that no one but them cares about. The DOJ is still getting the better of the brawl, making the Republicans look impotent and silly.

The Democrats and the media dis everything Trump does, no matter what it is. Securing the release of the NOKO hostages this week was characterized by the media as a ratings grab and a staged production.

When Trump kicked the Iran deal to the curb, Democrats, who voiced opposition to the agreement back when it was signed, screamed foul.

Remember when Chuck Schumer accused Trump of putting us on the brink of nuclear war with North Korea? This week he presumed to tell Trump how to negotiate with Kim Jong-Un else the President give away the store in his historic meeting with the Korean dictator. The leader of the political hack pack must have whiplash from his rapid change of position.

This week’s winner of the most pathetic award is a series of commercials aired by the Diane Feinstein re-election campaign. The aging U.S. Senator from California keeps missing the Over The Hill exit ramp on her endless journey around and around the political racetrack. She’s now running for a sixth term. If voters in California return her to Washington, she’ll be 90 years old when her new term ends.

The main roadblock to her re-election is, of course, her advanced age. Her campaign commercials try to jump that high hurdle by making her sound youthful and vital. But, the phase, “Diane and a new generation are leading the fight…“, doesn’t fool anyone. Neither does plastic surgery or a dump truck full of makeup and hair dye.

Feinstein’s major in college was history. It’s time her career passed into it.


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