February 19, 2015
Lincoln, NE— U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the video “U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks: The Real Story,” outlining his concerns with the dangerous path the Administration is taking toward a nuclear agreement with Iran. Video, excerpts, and a full transcript of the Senator’s remarks are found below.
“[I]n a perversion of language that makes no sense to anyone who lives outside the DC bubble, the Administration is claiming that they have made ‘progress’ with Iran by moving the goalposts against our own objectives and interests.”
“To quote a Nebraskan the other day: It’s like the President has never even bought a used car before – and now he’s negotiating nukes with the world’s most dangerous nation. This isn’t negotiating; this is getting your lunch money taken in an alley.”
“The bottom line is this: we have a President who sadly appears more interested in the idea of burnishing his legacy than in doing the hard work of admitting that we have a jihadi crisis in the Middle East. Regrettably, it appears that our enemies also know that the Administration will cut almost any deal, so of course on those terms we lack leverage. Diplomacy has gone from being a means to an end in itself.”
Hi, I’m Ben Sasse.
I’ve been traveling across Nebraska this week, and a number of folks have been telling me their worries about the Iranian nuclear program.
If you’ve not been paying close attention to this subject, here’s why all of us should care deeply about the dangerous path our government is on toward a deal with Iran:
In November, the Iranian Supreme Leader talked yet again about annihilating Israel.
Then in January, right after U.S. officials praised Yemen for partnering with us in fighting ISIS, Iran funded a coup by Islamic terrorists that took down the government, a huge black eye for America.
At about the same time, an Argentinean prosecutor was assassinated as he prepared to reveal an Iranian link to the murder of 85 Jews in Buenos Aires.
Meanwhile, back home, Iran has been purposely pursuing the development of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. We're not talking about a weapon that can merely reach Jerusalem here, we're talking weapons that have the potential of reaching Los Angeles.
This is just the recent backdrop against which the Obama Administration has been negotiating with Iran about its intolerable nuclear program.
Any discussion of this program needs to begin with one simple fact: It has been the undisputed U.S. policy for decades that we would not accept any deal with Tehran short of eliminating Iran’s nuclear program. Elimination of the program, period.
But now, in a perversion of language that makes no sense to anyone who lives outside the DC bubble, the Administration is claiming that they have made “progress” with Iran by moving the goalposts against our own objectives and interests. As the Washington Post has rightly editorialized in recent weeks, the Obama Administration has now decided to reset our goal at merely “temporarily restricting” the Iranian nuke program.
This is the opposite of eliminating the program. This is, instead, explicitly tolerating a renegade nuclear program.
Why the change? It is really hard to understand, but it appears that the Administration wants a deal with Iran so desperately that it will accept any deal – even if contrary to our interests. Given how lazy so much of the national media has been about investigating anything the government announces with grand-triumph press releases, look for most American and European journalists not to ask tough questions when the Administration soon claims that it has reached some sort of supposed “landmark deal” with Iran.
In all likelihood, the coming deal will not be any sort of victory for U.S. interests, but rather a near total surrender by America on this issue. Make no mistake: Allowing Iran to keep its nuclear program will be a failure, not a success.
There are six UN resolutions prohibiting uranium enrichment that help set the basis for the U.S.’s past opposition to the Iran nuke program. Now, however, instead of sticking with demands for the complete destruction of this nuclear program, our Administration is apparently preparing to give Iran -- the undisputed, largest state sponsor of terror in the world—billions of dollars per month of additional sanctions relief; a broader role in the region; and simultaneously allow them to keep their nuclear program.
That's what this Administration calls a deal.
To quote a Nebraskan the other day: It’s like the President has never even bought a used car before – and now he’s negotiating nukes with the world’s most dangerous nation. This isn’t negotiating; this is getting your lunch money taken in an alley.
We are going to look back on this as a watershed moment for American foreign policy.
Allowing a terror-supporting, Israel-hating, American troop-killing enemy of the U.S. to take a broader leadership role in the Middle East is foolishly short-sighted. And it’s a horrible betrayal of our allies.
This agreement will likely ignite an immediate nuclear arms race in the region, further endanger Israel, Jordan, and other allies, and eventually increasing the probability that a nuclear device makes its way to one of our cities.
You can't summarize it any better than former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger did in testimony before the Senate two weeks ago: if we allow Iran to have nukes, we are no longer going to be talking about preventing nuclear proliferation across the Middle East; we are instead going to be talking only about trying to manage the nuclear proliferation that will then be inevitable across the region, as every state attempts to race to the trigger point.
The bottom line is this: we have a President who sadly appears more interested in the idea of burnishing his legacy than in doing the hard work of admitting that we have a jihadi crisis in the Middle East. Regrettably, it appears that our enemies also know that the Administration will cut almost any deal, so of course on those terms we lack leverage. Diplomacy has gone from being a means to an end in itself.
I don’t think even Jimmy Carter would make a deal this bad.
The American people should not stand for this. There is simply too much on the line here -- for the U.S. and for Israel.
It doesn’t matter what party any of us belong to; those of us who care about the safety and security of America and Israel need to forward this message to family and friends, and we need melt the switchboards at the White House and on Capitol Hill. We need to stand up and oppose any deal that would allow Iran to continue its nuclear program.
I'm Ben Sasse, thanks for listening.