- - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

What is the underlying, driving purpose for us to invest resources and political capital in this deal? Without any question the U.S. paradigm is an Iran with a delayed nuclear weapon.

If the present negotiation was serious, the paradigm would be a shutdown of any and all nuclear weapons research activities and facilities in Iran. Considering the present Tehran regime, not only would such a demand kill the deal, but neither is the present version in America’s permanent best interests. This deal does not completely end the prospect of Iran getting a nuclear weapon within the lifetime of our next generation.

The deal must either be radically altered to suppress any future nuclear-weapons development or spawning of a nuclear weapons program or be curtailed, or else the United States should withdraw from negotiations and impose harsh sanctions with the other Western nations (Germany, France, etc.).

The fact that Russia and China are at the bargaining table as well means that any chance to crack down on Iran’s nuclear ambitions will be undermined by those nations, which have historically been open supporters of Iran.

Congress must either kill this deal or radically alter it to permanently eliminate nuclear weapons development in Iran. My prediction is that Congress will insist on deal points that will drive Iran from the bargaining table and sanctions will be reimposed. No deal at all is better than a bad deal.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.

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