- Russian invaded and still occupies a large part of the Ukraine.
- China is building and militarizing man made islands in the South China Sea to the concerns and fears of many other countries.
- The Taliban now occupy more territory in Afghanistan then at any time since the U.S. and other countries invaded the country, meaning the blood spilt and money spent in that country has gotten us nothing since the beginning.
- Obama's illegal and un-Constitutional war against Libya has destabilized a stable country and made it a haven for terrorists.
- His intrusion into the civil war in Syria has risked military confrontations with Russia, made the civil war worst which resulted in more civilian deaths and refugees, and has given rise to the worst terrorist group of all time, ISIS.
- His spying on world leaders has caused bad feelings among our allies.
- He prematurely withdrew American troops from Iraq, against the strong advice of his military advisors, claiming that we were leaving behind a strong, safe, and democratic country that has continued to disintegrate since that withdrawal decision, so much so that he has had to reinsert almost the same number of troops back into the country that were originally there.
- According to an Associated Press report, the deal apparently had a secret, non-disclosed section in the final deal with Iran that allows key restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment activities and efforts to ease significantly after ten years, long before those restrictions were supposed to end after 15 years.
- This secret side arrangement was not disclosed to Congress or the American public and came to light only because an anonymous diplomat leaked the information.
- Specifically, it appears that after ten years, Iran can start replacing its current centrifuges with thousands of advanced centrifuges that would be up to five times more efficient than the over 5,000 centrifuges that it is still allowed to operate under the deal.
- According to the article: “This concession could allow Tehran to enrich at more than twice the rate that it is now doing, even if the total number of operating centrifuges are reduced. This is a major concern because if the enrichment rate doubles, the time Tehran would need to stage a nuclear breakout would be reduced from the 12 months promised by the Obama administration to six months or less, much earlier than the administration had advertised when it was trying to sell the nuclear deal.”
- Side, secret deals are not new to this whole process since it has also been found out that one side deal allows Iran to inspect itself on certain nuclear weapons work and another side deal that weakened inspectors' reporting abilities on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
- Fifteen Democrats in the U.S. Senate sent a formal letter to Obama demanding that the inspections of shadowy Iranian nuclear sites be conducted properly and the inspection reports be published in full detail.
- According to reporting by Politico, the Senators were highly critical of the deal’s inspection processes.
- The Senators want more inspection results published publicly including how many enrichment centrifuges Iran is using and what is the size of uranium stockpiles, information that has not previously been disclosed.
- The Senators are worried about the lack of inspection information from the Fordow nuclear facility, which is a critical location for Iranian nuclear weapons research.
- Specifically, the letter to Obama demands that: “Providing additional situational awareness of Iran’s nuclear program is vital for the long-term health of this agreement. We urge [the Obama] administration to ensure that the IAEA releases all relevant technical information so that we may continue to make our own judgments about the status of Iran’s nuclear program.”
- In addition to this letter, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden released a press release in September stating that “this agreement with the duplicitous and untrustworthy Iranian regime falls short of what I had envisioned,” and specifically raised concerns about secret “side deals” between Iran and the IAEA.
- Iran has launched several ballistic missiles in violation of a U.N. mandate.
- It continues to sponsor Middle East terrorism and helps keep the Syrian government in power.
- Germany’s intelligence agency found that Iran was secretly trying to obtain nuclear technology.
- The deal’s condition as of now is “fragile at best.”
- The lifting of the sanctions, which was supposed to make the Iranian citizens happy and more prosperous, is not working since unemployment is still high and there has been scant foreign investment flowing into the country.
- Three out of four Iranians believe that they have not seen any benefits from the deal and that the U.S. will renege on the agreement’s tenets.
- Iranians always had an inflated view of what the agreement would do for the common Iranian citizen.
- The country is still a mess with an antiquated banking system, a political-influenced judicial system, and its continued involvement in terrorism makes foreign investment unlikely any time soon.
Not looking like a successful foreign relations effort for the Obama administration. Too bad, it would have been the first one.
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