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June 13, 2015 | 8:00pm
President Obama receives an update from Secretary of State John Kerry in Iran inside the Situation Room on April 1. Photo: Reuters
By lifting sanctions on Iran, President Obama’s nuclear deal will open the floodgates for Tehran’s funding of terrorism. So says Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
On a visit to Israel Tuesday, Dempsey warned of Iran’s rulers, “I think that they’ll invest in their [terror] surrogates. I think they will invest in additional military capability.”
Oops: The official Obama line is that Tehran will spend its windfall rebuilding its economy. Nice that someone from the administration is willing to tell the truth.
Oops again: Obama’s former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, in House testimony last week slammed the idea that Washington can just snap sanctions back into place if Iran’s caught breaking the deal. “The notion of ‘snap back’ sanctions is fiction,” he said.
There’s more: In a huge scoop, the Associated Press revealed that Obama intends to lift not just the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program, but others set up to punish it for sponsoring terror and building banned missiles.
Yes, the president has promised otherwise — but administration officials figure they can lawyer their way out of that. Reports the AP: “For example, they say measures designed to stop Iran from acquiring ballistic missiles are nuclear-related because they were imposed to push Iran into the negotiations.”
And never mind that the record clearly shows that’s not why those sanctions were imposed.
And still more: The AP also reports that Obama officials now admit that Iran won’t have come clean about all its past nuclear work by the time the nuke deal is signed. This, even though Secretary of State John Kerry insisted as recently as April that “they have to do it . . . It will be part of a final agreement. It has to be.”
The reason he was so insistent is that, without that disclosure, it’ll be far harder to prove that an Iran is cheating later on — or to really know, as Obama has promised, that an agreement will leave Iran unable to “break out” to going nuclear in less than a year.
Bottom line: The nuclear deal Obama hopes to get would leave Iran with 1) an immediate influx of $100 billion or more in cash to fund its terrorist teammates; 2) its much-desired nukes, as long as it waits a few years; and 3) lots of room to cheat with impunity and get those nukes even sooner.
Iran is a rogue regime, a state sponsor of terror. Anyone — hello, Mr. President — who believes it has any benign intentions is living in a fantasy world.
Or as Flynn put it: Trusting the mullahs’ promises to abandon their nukes is just plain old “wishful thinking.”