One of the most shameful incidents in American diplomacy since the betrayal of Vietnam to the communists was the deal that Barack Obama, with the acquiescence of Bob Corker and a lot of Republican and Democrat senators who really knew better, cut with the Iranian regime. In return for a meaningless and unenforceable agreement (nuclear sites were off put off limits to IAEA inspectors, inspections or areas not off limits required giving several weeks advance notice to the Iranians, etc., etc.) Obama allowed UN sanctions to be lifted (those are not coming back so long as China and Russia are on the Security Council) and Obama unilaterally moved to remove sanctions from Iranian officials and organizations who had blood on their hands and are up to their eyebrows in terrorism. Did I mention that Iran is still a listed as a state sponsor of terrorism? And Obama has shipped several BILLION dollars in cash and gold to Iran.
Since the agreement was signed by Obama, Iran has set about violating virtually every part of the agreement while the Obama regime has cravenly begged and paid the Iranians to simply not say they have abrogated the deal.
Reince Priebus was on ABC’s This Week. The setup was George Stephanopoulos playing a quote by James Mattis in his confirmation hearing where he seems to say that we should adhere to the deal as a matter of continuity.
PRIEBUS: Well, it’s yet to be seen, George. First of all, it’s not even a signed contract. But let’s put that aside. I think what you’re going to get from President-elect Trump is all of his folks together — Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, John Kelly, CIA, Homeland Security, everyone that you would want in the room, making decisions about that particular document and treaties like that document as to how we’re going move forward.
And so I think it’s yet to be seen how that is going to shape up. But I can tell you, we all know that President-elect Trump doesn’t like the Iran deal, thinks it’s a terrible document, thinks it will create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which it already is beginning to do.
But moving forward, the best way is going to be something that is going to be a collective decision, that is made, of course, with President-elect Trump having the primary say as to how to move forward. But all those opinions will be in the room. I can assure all Americans that the best decision is going to be made based on all of the information presented to the president.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, just to be clear, scrapping the Iran deal is no longer a rock-solid promise?
PRIEBUS: Well, look, I think it’s on life support, I’ll put it that way, but I’m not here to declare one way or the other where it will go. But I do believe it’s on life support. I know the president-elect does not like the Iran deal, thinks it’s really, really bad. And that’s sort of the starting point on that discussion.
One of the quickest ways we will be able to tell if Donald Trump is serious about our national security and the credibility of America as an ally and as a foe of nuclear proliferation, it will be how he reacts to this deal. If he walks away from it, because it is nothing more than a personal agreements between Obama and the head mullah in Iran, or requires Iran to adhere to the usual IAEA methodology, then we know he’s serious. If he leaves it in place, we know he’s not.