President Obama had a moment of impressive moral clarity at his Iran press conference Wednesday. It was when he was asked about Bill Cosby.
“I’ll say this: If you give a woman—or a man, for that matter—without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.” And, Obama continued, “I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
Nor, surely, should this country, or any civilized country, tolerate those who kill our soldiers and Marines, who boast about doing so, and who provide enhanced instruments of terror and pay bounties to others to do so.
Yet President Obama has an abundance of tolerance for the Iranian regime, which gets access to $150 billion as a result of the deal he is now touting. He even has tolerance for Iran’s main instrument of war and terror, the Revolutionary Guard Corps and its leader, Qassem Suleimani, who are explicitly removed from the sanctions list in the deal. Bygones are to be bygones. Indeed, foregones are to be foregones, since the deal doesn’t even contain a commitment from Iran to mend its ways or forbear from continuing to try to kill and maim, and help others try to kill and maim, American soldiers and Marines, Jews around the world, Syrian children, and Israeli teenagers.
There is plenty to object to in the rest of the deal—the fact that Iran is legitimized as a nuclear threshold state, the porous inspection and verification regime, the amazing commitment in the notorious Annex III.D.10 to help the Iranian regime fight off attempts by others to slow its nuclear program, and more. But how can we debate all of that without attending to the $150 billion that is going to a regime with American blood on its hands?
National Review’s David French, an Iraq war vet, put it very well:
Iran is responsible for more than 1,000 American military deaths since 9/11. That’s just a number, but for many of us those numbers have names—the names of men we knew. I will never forget the horrible days in March and April 2008, when Iranian-made IEDs periodically closed even the main supply route into our small forward operating base. I’ll never forget the hero flights, standing at attention as brothers carried the still bodies of their fallen comrades to waiting Blackhawk helicopters. And I won’t forget about the people who are even now learning to walk, and eat, and live again—recovering from horrific wounds.
Yesterday, I got an angry message from a friend from my Iraq deployment, a man whose vehicle was destroyed by an Iranian-made IED. Some of the blood on Iran’s hands is his own.
The American people need to clearly understand what their president has done. He’s granting billions of dollars in sanctions relief to a nation that put bounties on the heads of American soldiers. Iran isn’t ending its war against America. It’s still working—every day—to kill Americans, including the Americans Barack Obama leads as commander-in-chief of our armed forces. There is no honor in this agreement.
There is neither wisdom nor honor in President Obama’s agreement. After Munich, Winston Churchill famously said that “Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war.”
Barack Obama has chosen dishonor. If his choice is ratified by Congress, the United States will have chosen dishonor. We are also more likely to have war than if we were simply to leave in place the sanctions regime and various diplomatic, economic, political, and sabotage efforts against the Iranian regime.
National dishonor and an unnecessary risk of war. This country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for either.