Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Historic Catastrophe in Iran Agreement ; Americas Best Interests Are Not the Presidents Priority

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

A Historic Catastrophe in Iran Agreement ; Americas Best Interests Are Not the Presidents Priority

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Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his countrys exploration of the outside world the worst political blunder in the history of civilization. The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable.

Already the yearslong negotiations, with their numerous deadlines that have been extended again and again, have reduced the chances that Israel can destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities, which have been multiplied and placed in scattered underground sites during the years when all this was going on.

Israel is the only country even likely to try to destroy those facilities, since Iran has explicitly and repeatedly declared its intention to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

How did we get to this point and what, if anything, can we do now?

Tragically, these are questions that few Americans seem to be asking. We are too preoccupied with our electronic devices, the antics of celebrities and politics as usual.

During the years when we confronted a nuclear-armed Soviet Union, we at least realized that we had to think the unthinkable, as intellectual giant Herman Kahn put it. Today it seems almost as if we dont want to think about it at all.

Our politicians have kicked the can down the road and it is the biggest, most annihilating explosive can of all, that will be left for our children and grandchildren to try to cope with.

Back in the days of our nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union, some of the more weakkneed intelligentsia posed the choice as whether we wanted to be red or dead. Fortunately, there were others, especially President Ronald Reagan, who saw it differently. He persevered in a course that critics said would lead to nuclear war. But instead it led to the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War.

President Barack Obama has been following opposite policies, and they are likely to lead to opposite results. The choices left after Iran gets nuclear bombs and intercontinental missiles that can deliver them far beyond Israel may be worse than being red or dead. …

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