Former CIA director James Woolsey slammed President Obama’s continued nuclear talks with Iran as “positively Chamberlain-esque.”
Woolsey warned in a radio interview Sunday that the Iranians are playing dangerous games while forging ahead with the development of a nuclear-weapon capability.
He was asked on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer for his thoughts on the nuclear agreement.
“It’s not only not the smartest thing, it is positively Chamberlain-esque,” Woolsey said.
“There is no chance that Iran is going to abide by limitations which keep it from moving very, very far along the road to having nuclear weapons. Might it stop a few weeks short for public relations purposes? Yes. Maybe. It doesn’t matter,” he said.
Woolsey said Iran is enriching uranium, “and we have given it permission in the negotiations to do that, and it can be very, very close to having nuclear weapons, and everybody who analyzes this who is objective knows that.”
Woolsey headed the CIA under the Bill Clinton presidency from 1993 until January 1995.
He likened Iran’s negotiating gambit to a “lethal” game of chess.
“The Persians invented chess,” he told Klein. “And they are good at it. And one thing they are good at doing is messing around on one side of the board doing things that attract attention while very carefully on the other side of the board, when they get a chance, they are moving the pawn down to the king’s row to convert it into a queen, the most lethal piece, the analogy being to nuclear weapons.”
In November, the U.S. and Western powers signed an interim deal with Iran that imposes short-term freezes on sections of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions.
The Western nations have met numerous times with Iranian officials to hammer out a final deal on Iran’s nuclear ambitions ahead of a July deadline.