WASHINGTON – As Iran and its nuclear agreement with the U.S. and five other powers is debated in Congress, the Obama administration is in the bizarre position of acting as an agent for the mullah-led regime, contended Middle East specialist Caroline Glick in a briefing Thursday on Capitol Hill.
“They actually have to be apologists for Iran toward the American people – hide Iranian threats to the United States, from the American public, because if they don’t do that, then they cannot justify their policy,” she said of the Departments of State and Justice in particular.
Glick, a former assistant foreign policy adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is the deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post and the senior fellow for Middle East affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., which hosted the event.
The Obama administration, she said, wants to hide evidence from the American people and from Congress that demonstrates Iran is “still a rogue state with hegemonic and genocidal ambitions toward the U.S. and Israel, and international aspirations to foment jihad.”
“This deal exacerbates all of the threats Iran poses to the U.S. in fundamental ways,” she said.
She noted Hezbollah is still a proxy of Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is spreading Tehran’s influence in Latin America, and evidence seized from the compound where Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden indicates al-Qaida has “ongoing, deep and strategic operations with Iran.”
The Obama administration, however, refuses to make the contents of the al-Qaida documents public, she said, citing a report by the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes.
All indications are that Iran has not abandoned its pledge to destroy the U.S., said Glick, as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads crowds in “Death to America” chants while rejecting Washington’s moves to collaborate with Tehran on settling the Syrian war and on battling ISIS.
The threat to the U.S., she said, is real, with intelligence that Iran is developing ICBMs, or intercontinental ballistic missiles, that can cross the Atlantic.
Earlier this week, as WND reported, Netanyahu warned that Iran’s primary reason for developing ICBMs is to strike the United States.
“I want to make it clear to you,” Netanyahu said in a live webcast addressing the U.S. Jewish community, “Iran is not building these ICBMs to hit Israel. They already have missiles that can hit Israel everywhere. They are building these ICBMs to hit you. To hit the United States.”
“You are the Great Satan,” the Israeli prime minister said. “We are just a small Satan.”
Glick warned at the Thursday briefing of a threat she said few have thought about outside of Capitol Hill: an electromagnetic pulse attack caused by a high-altitude nuclear explosion that could send the U.S. back to the 19th century in an instant.
She dismissed as “false” the “central claim” of President Obama’s speech Wednesday at American University that the only opponents of the agreement are Republican partisans and people “under the influence of a foreign power, meaning the Jews.”
“You cannot support this agreement if you care about America’s national security. Opposing this is a supreme act of patriotism,” she said.
“Supporting this agreement is siding with a policy that imperils the United States.”
In his hour-long speech, Obama called it “a very good deal,” insisting it “cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb.”
Congress is preparing to vote on the agreement in September. Obama has promised to veto a rejection, which would require both the Senate and House to come up with a two-thirds majority.
At least 12 Senate Democrats so far have signaled support for the agreement. But Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the most influential Jewish voice in Congress, said in a statement Thursday evening he would oppose it, the New York Times reported, “after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching,”
Meanwhile, polls indicate 80 percent of Israelis oppose the deal and about three-fourths support Netanyahu’s aggressive opposition, including bringing his case to Congress.
Glick, who is part of an effort to persuade Congress members to oppose the agreement, said everyone understands that it puts Israel’s national security at risk, but the implications for U.S. national security “must become the focus of this discussion in this city and throughout the United States in the coming weeks.”
She said the Israeli political left is “in mourning” after Obama’s speech, because “he essentially cashiered America’s strategic alliance with Israel.”
“It’s very disconcerting and devastating and depressing for Israelis who have always trusted the United States and now have been betrayed in such a fundamental way by the White House, by the president, and in such public way as well,” she said.
‘Capacity to cheat’
Glick said the deal gives Iran “limitless capacity to cheat.”
Tehran has 24 days to “wipe clean” any nuclear site that is exposed by international inspectors, and, already, satellite images at Iran’s Parchin military site taken since the agreement was signed July 14 have raised suspicions the regime is trying to scrub evidence before U.N. inspectors can examine it.
Noting Iran has pledged to annihilate Israel, Glick said “nuclear arms in the hands of these people constitute a mortal threat.”
Nuclear experts estimate the deal extends the time Iran can acquire weapons only by anywhere from one month to three or four months while releasing $150 billion to Tehran. Citing former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, the figure could be as high as $700 billion, if the full impact of removing sanctions and granting other benefits is taken into account, Glick said.
“They will have nuclear bombs, and they will be wealthy,” she said.
“The idea that this does anything to stop Iran is false and contemptuous of the American public and the global community.”
Glick, who emigrated to Israel from the U.S. in 1991, writes a weekly column in Hebrew for the Makor Rishon newspaper in Israel. She’s the author of “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East,” which contends Israel would maintain a strong and growing Jewish majority in a “unitary state” that includes the territory within the 1949 armistice lines along with Judea and Samaria, the West Bank.
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