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While Democrats in Congress and the occupant of the Oval Office concern themselves with proper pronouns and a bogus “insurrection from 18 months ago, gasoline prices have doubled, tampons are nowhere to be found, mothers cannot find baby formula, Vladimir Putin is threatening nuclear war, and the insane regime in Iran is within possibly weeks of being able to weaponize uranium via a nuclear weapon.
Thank God our leaders have their priorities straight.
According to an opinion piece in The Hill, the writer, Mark Toth says that late last month, the Atomic Energy Agency, the UN agency which oversees global nuclear technology and use, issued a report which said the radical Iranian regime at that time possessed enough fissile material to construct a nuclear bomb.
This is a development that former President Trump and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned about.
Toth notes that Tehran has developed some 95 pounds of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which may not seem like that much, however as he notes, that development is “deeply concerning.” In order for a nuclear chain reaction to sustain itself, “sufficient HEU mass” is required and Iran has crossed that dangerous threshold.
Moreover and even more ominous, Tehran is enriching that country’s HEU stockpile to 60 percent—which is significantly higher the three to five percent HEU level needed to produce fuel for medical experiments and nuclear power plants.
What that tells us that despite having been told by the Obama administration previously and the Biden administration currently, Iran has zero interest in using their uranium stores for either medical use or nuclear power plants.
They are “clearly aiming for 90 percent HEU enrichment,” Toth writes which is the amount necessary to build an atomic bomb.
Israel has been down this road before, the last time in 1981. This was when then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his security cabinet implemented a program called Operation Babylon to take out Saddam Hussein’s Osirak nuclear facility. Back then, the atomic threat posed by Iraq was much more theoretical than that posed by modern-day Iran.
Today’s threat is significantly more serious and therefore much more problematic to dispose of.
The current threat posed by Iran is also nothing new for that country, where they had previously targeted both Israel and Saudi Arabia for nuclear attack.
In fact, although the plan never came to fruition, Iran had gone so far as to develop an atomic test site in the “Mars-like dead zone” of the Lut Desert, located about 500 miles northeast of Dubai or 1,500 miles east of Tel Aviv.
The Obama administration had implemented a plan that was allegedly designed to curtail the regime’s ability develop nuclear weapons. Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Trump administration terminated the United States’ participation in the deal, claiming it was a “bad deal” for the U.S.
According to a White House release issued by the Trump administration, the JCPOA would have admittedly “delayed” Iran’s ability to pursue nuclear weapons, however the reason they were still able to do so is because it permitted Iran to continue nuclear research and development.
The deal also lifted sanctions on the regime, which allowed it to once again finance its nuclear ambitions by selling oil. Trump’s action allowed sanctions against “critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, petrochemical and financial sectors.”
The agreement also, according to Obama, rewarded Iran with a $150 billion payoff.
Joe Biden, whose foreign policy has thus far been an abject failure, has promised to return the United States to the JCPOA. However as Toth states, Biden had a five-month “window of opportunity” at the beginning of his term to reengage in the agreement, however he was busy dealing with “important” matters such as proper pronouns and making the military a woke social laboratory. Which is just as well…the deal was a bad one for the U.S.
So as Biden fiddled, Iran’s 2021 elections saw “hard-liners” gain power, with Ebrahim Raisi being elected as Iran’s new president. His regime has thus far been marked as being “combative and noncooperative.” For example, earlier this month, Rafael Grossi, director general of the IAEA told the agency’s board of governors that Iran had neglected to provide “explanations that are technically credible” concerning nuclear materials being found at “three undeclared locations in Iran.”
In addition, Tehran started installing “advanced IR-6 centrifuges” in clusters, which now allows the regime to accelerate their uranium enrichment by as much as 50 percent.
As a result, the IAEA board censured the regime, which caused Iran to cut off IAEA camera feeds tasked with monitoring the country’s nuclear activities. Grossi opines that if the IAEA doesn’t regain its ability to evaluate Tehran’s atomic sites in real time, it will likely spell the end, a “fatal blow,” if you will, to the JCPOA.
While Biden has been sleeping (probably literally) on the threat posed by Iran, the Pentagon has not. For example in March, now-retired Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, then serving as commander of U.S. Central Command, told a Senate hearing that Tehran has “3,000 ballistic missiles,” which includes variants capable of reaching Tel Aviv. He also warned that the regime’s nuclear “breakout” is now measured in “weeks,” not “months.”
For its part, Israel is well-aware of the dangers posed by the unhinged Iranian regime. On June 12, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett admitted Tehran is “dangerously close to getting their hands on nuclear weapons.”
In response, Israel admitted they have extended the range of their U.S.-supplied Lockheed Martin F-351 Adir stealth fighter-bombers for missions inside Iran. Such an admission is not typical of Israel to publicize, so it is likely sent as a warning to the Iranian regime that Israel isn’t ready to mess around should Tehran develop nukes.
Toth notes if Israel were indeed put in the position to take out Iran’s nuke program, a number of targets would need to be taken out, with the primary objective being to destroy the centrifuges enriching HEU in Natanz, Fordow and other locations—all of which he noted are buried deep underground.
Toth writes that doing such is the only military means whereby Israel can prevent Iran from reaching the 90 percent HEU enrichment level. Numerous secondary targets would also need to be destroyed. Iran Watch identifies 38 known nuclear-related sites in total in Iran.
One thing that is clear—if Israel did indeed attack Iran’s uranium production facilities, it would more than likely elicit a response from terrorist groups in the area, such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and other radical Middle Eastern militia groups. Toth notes retaliatory attacks from Lebanon, Syria, and the Gaza Strip would be expected in the form of rocket attacks. Clearly, this would erupt into a regional conflict that may be difficult to control.
Toth writes that by all appearances, the United States and Israel are “out of time,” with the threat coming from Tehran currently defined as “substantial” and “only intensifying.”
Israel has heretofore employed a more covert approach against Iran’s nuclear ambitions, using sabotage and assassinations of Iran’s key nuclear physicists. However with HEU now hovering at 60 percent, things are getting very tenuous at best.
Are the end times spoken of in Revelations at hand? It may not be but its starting to feel awfully close. But hey, how about those pronouns!
Following is a previous piece we published about Iran’s nuke program:
The following contains editorial content that reflects the author’s opinion.
WASHINGTON, DC- As if things aren’t bad enough in Europe, now we have to worry about the lunatic jihadists in Iran. According to a former CIA operative, it may be too late for the West to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapons.
That is, unless either the United States or its NATO allies, or perhaps Israel intervenes, according to Trending Politics.
Reuel Marc Gerecht the former operative and a current senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies says it may indeed be too late.
Gerecht told John Solomon on his podcast that it is likely Iran has already reached the point in its weaponization of uranium that in order to stop it, the U.S. (or probably Israel) could stop it only be sending in bombers to take it out.
Gerecht told Solomon:
Essentially, they’re home free, which means you either accept them going nuclear and you’re perhaps willing to engage in some type of containment strategy—think of the Soviet Union. Or you strike. You try to prevent them from becoming nuclear.
Containment strategy? We’re talking about a lunatic country that doesn’t believe Israel has the right to exist, and which has called for that nation’s destruction, as well as that of the United States.
Contain? Unfortunately, the feckless Biden administration is currently in negotiations with the jihadist regime to drop sanctions against Iran, using (believe it or not) Russia as an intermediary. You cannot make this up.
That leaves the US with the two options Gerecht spoke of. Say a prayer and hope the crazy ayatollahs don’t use the bomb if they successfully build it, or try to hit them before they do so. Neither of those is obviously desirable.
In a recent op-ed, Gerecht examined those options:
The actual options: Iran gets the nuke but America tries to deter and contain its ambitions. Or America essentially gives up (Iran becomes Israel’s problem, not ours). Or America ramps up sanctions, tries to obtain a “good deal,” or induced a nuke-stopping, popular insurrection.
Or, politically the least appealing choice, America goes to war to prevent the Islamic Revolutionary Guards from becoming custodians of nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.
Gerecht’s op-ed attempted to lay the blame on the Trump administration, claiming we “waited too long” to deal with it. He wrote:
Trump chose a stop-the-nuke sanctions strategy, which should have changed when it became obvious two years ago that Tehran had stockpiled—or figured out how to import outside of sanctions—high-tech, nuclear related components, and a lot of managing steel…
Before January 2021, anti-deal Republicans who believe an Iranian nuke is simply unacceptable should have been encouraging Trump to bomb Iran’s program. That was the only approach that offered any chance of restraining Tehran’s ambitions. Arms control always had a negligible chance of success with an oil-rich, exuberantly mendacious, revolutionary Islamic state.
Of course, Gerecht didn’t address in his op-ed the reckless policy the Biden administration is currently pursuing. The ease for which he blamed the Trump administration, which by all appearances was extremely tough on Tehran, while ignoring Biden’s recklessness is somewhat telling.
After all, as a former CIA agent, as Trending Politics noted, that agency was behind the bogus “weapons of mass destruction” garbage that got us involved in Iraq in the early part of this century.
One must wonder that if indeed Iran already (or soon will have) nuclear weapons, why the anxiousness of the Iranian regime to push this nuke deal with the U.S. and Western allies.
Is Iran indeed close to having nukes? Nobody knows, but one sure thing is that if Biden’s goal of removing sanctions from the regime comes about, they’ll have them a lot sooner than they otherwise would.
For more on Biden’s ill-advised, dangerous nuclear deal, we invite you to:
UNITED STATES – A former state department official has analyzed Biden’s planned nuclear deal with Iran, and he is raising the alarm on how the deal is “dangerous to national security.”
That official, Gabriel Noronha, is former Special Advisor for Iran for the U.S. State Department.
On March 7, 2022, he published an article for Tablet detailing his apprehension about President Joe Biden’s impending nuclear deal with Iran.
In the article, Noronha raises concerns over the part of the deal that involves the lifting of sanctions on terrorists and terrorist-supporting entities.
“But this much is clear to me: The deal being negotiated in Vienna is dangerous to U.S. national security, to the stability of the Middle East, and to the Iranian people who suffer most under that brutal regime.
“The lack of evidence to justify a removal of U.S. sanctions is illegal, and the deal that will be foisted upon the world without the support of Congress will be illegitimate. This deal will not serve U.S. interests in either the short or long term.”
“With [U.S. Special Envoy for Iran] Robert Malley in the lead, the United States has promised to lift sanctions on some of the regime’s worst terrorists and torturers, on leading officials who have developed Iran’s WMD infrastructure, and has agreed to lift sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) itself.
“In exchange, Iran will receive fewer limitations than those imposed under the JCPOA [Obama’s Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], and the restrictions on its nuclear program will expire six years sooner than under the terms of the old deal.”
Biden’s impending agreement to restore the Iran nuclear deal offers the regime access to $90 billion in foreign currency reserves and sanctions relief to some of the world’s worst terrorists, according to a former State Department official. https://t.co/X95kyB4Srx
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 8, 2022
Noronha lists several examples of terrorists who would receive sanction relief.
One of these is Iran’s own Ayatullah Khamenei, who, Noronha writes, “is ultimately responsible for every act of terror and murder committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
“We know that Khamenei has personally ordered the massacre of Iranians by his security forces.
“In November 2019, as brave Iranians took to the streets to protest the 40 years of corruption and oppression at the hands of the clerics, Khamenei assembled his top security team together and told them: ‘The Islamic Republic is in danger. Do whatever it takes to end it. You have my order.”’
“In the ensuing days, about 1,500 Iranians were killed by the regime’s brute squads, including dozens of children and hundreds of women.
“This mass murderer will also be free of sanctions.”
Noronha adds that in his role in the State Department, he documented horrific massacres perpetrated by terrorists like Khamenei, and muses:
“I hope to never see such things again, but I fear that because of this deal, we all will….
“Sanctions are not merely economic, political, or diplomatic tools—they speak truth to evil.”
Biden’s impending deal does not merely lift sanctions on persons, Noronha continues. It also “lifts sanctions on the various economic entities that fuel the regime’s machinery of repression.”
For example, they will be lifted on the Central Bank of Iran and the National Development Fund, both of which “still fund terrorism.”
Former DNI rips Biden on Iran Deal: He's willing to sit down and deal with a 'terrorist regime'https://t.co/gy3yHWO4qG
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 10, 2022
Noronha goes on to observe:
“So what have we received in exchange for all these concessions to the most vile men and institutions in Iran?
“Has the regime come clean about its clandestine nuclear activities or committed to stop nuclear enrichment?
“Has the regime committed to stop supporting terror and taking American hostages?
“The short answer on all counts is no.”
Another concern is that, with Biden’s deal, Iran is set to access a “massive windfall of cash.”
Noronha estimates that Iran will have:
“$90 billion in access to foreign exchange reserves, and then a further $50-$55 billion in extra revenue each year from higher oil and petrochemical exports, with no restrictions on how or where the money can be spent.”
Not only that, but, to Noronha, “most troubling transfer of funds” is the planned $7 million dollars to be paid to Iran to ransom four Americans from an Iranian jail.
“Now, let me be clear: I would be extremely glad to bring these Americans back home safely as quickly as possible. They are innocent victims who, along with their families, have suffered unjustly for far too long.
“But make no mistake: Biden’s payment will only supercharge Iran’s hostage-taking industry.”
Noronha is far from alone in his open concerns about the impending Iran deal.
Bipartisan House group 'highly concerned' about potential Iran deal, calls on Biden for answershttps://t.co/5oUy602THI
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 10, 2022
Fox News reports that a group of 21 House members, including 10 Democrats, penned a letter of concern on Thursday, March 10, addressing Biden.
The letter stated, in part:
“Among other issues, we are highly concerned about reports indicating the potential lifting of the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and of the sanctions placed on members of the office of the Supreme Leader.
“Without adequately addressing Iran’s role as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror – which was noticeably absent from the 2015 JCPOA – and simultaneously providing billions of dollars in sanctions relief, the United States would be providing a clear path for Iranian proxies to continue fueling terrorism.”
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Biden dangles generous giveaways to Iran to revive nuclear ‘worst deal ever’ amid rising oil prices
Originally published March 7, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden Administration is close to reviving the “worst deal ever” as it seeks to restore former President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action imposed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions on the country. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2018, citing the risk of Iran developing nuclear weapons under terms of the accord.
An agreement to restore the deal could be just days away, with negotiators from Europe and Iran making clear that they’ve reached the final hurdles.
#ViennaTalks still continue.
Premature good news does not substitute good agreement.
Nobody can say the deal is done, until all the outstanding remaining issues are resolved. Extra efforts needed.
Everybody is now focused on the final critical steps.
— Saeed Khatibzadeh | سعید خطیبزاده (@SKhatibzadeh) March 3, 2022
Restoring the agreement was a campaign promise and President Joe Biden’s negotiators have made “significant progress” in diplomatic talks taking place in Vienna, Deputy State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters on March 3. Porter said:
“There has been significant progress and we are close to a possible deal, but a number of difficult issues remain unsolved.”
Ukraine first — Israel next?
— Melanie Phillips (@MelanieLatest) March 6, 2022
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell that he is ready to travel to Vienna and sign the deal if the United States and Europe accept Iran’s red lines, including economic guarantees for Iran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Trump himself fulfilled a major campaign promise by pulling out of the nuclear agreement and reinstating the “highest level of economic sanctions.” Trump overturned one of Obama’s key foreign policy achievements, stating to the press:
“The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapon. Therefore, I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”
At the time, Trump said he wanted a “real, comprehensive and lasting solution” that would include the elimination of Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support of terroristic activities worldwide.
Trump called the JCPA “the worst deal ever,” in part because it wasn’t permanent and would allow Iran to resume enriching uranium a decade after taking effect and would lift other restrictions after that.
Rob Malley, the Biden Administration’s representative at the talks in Vienna, is said to be offering generous sanctions relief, including to Iranians who have been linked to terror activities.
Malley, who was dropped as an adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign after meeting with the Palestinian terror group Hamas, is seen as an appeaser.
Obama later appointed Malley to his administration anyway, where he negotiated the initial deal with Iran and then appointed him to be his ISIS czar. Both appointments are seen as failures for allowing Iran to become a nuclear power and for allowing the Islamic State to thrive.
Malley pops up again in service to Biden, who sent him to Vienna. The Iranians stalled the talks for more than a year, during which Malley continued to offer concessions. Breitbart News reported in January that three of Biden’s negotiators quit over the United States’ weak stance.
In a Twitter thread by Melanie Phillips on her Substack page, former State Department official Gabriel Noronha has posted a list of the concessions that Malley is reportedly offering the Iranians to return to the deal. From the thread:
“Led by Rob Malley, the U.S. has promised to lift sanctions on some of the regime’s worst terrorists and torturers, leading officials in the regime’s WMD infrastructure, and is currently trying to lift sanctions on the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] itself,” he wrote.
The negotiations were a “total disaster,” Noronha quoted a source as saying, and noted that they likely were illegal, but the Biden Administration was looking for ways to circumvent congressional review, as Obama did.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine provides Biden the open door he needed to give Iran what it wants as many in the United States are calling on the president to end importation of Russian oil and gas.
But the potential of importing millions of gallons of oil daily from Iran puts the Islamist nation in the driver’s seat for negotiations and the pressure is on to reach an agreement as oil spiked to $130 a barrel.
However, crude oil prices could still skyrocket even if the talks collapse because traders have been expecting Iranian oil to once again hit global markets.
Iran is the No. 2 holder of natural gas reserves and No. 4 holder of crude reserves. Traders have estimated that Iran could raise its exports by 1 million barrels a day within months of the deal going into effect.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said the United States and European and NATO allies were considering an embargo of Russian oil imports to pull funding from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war with Ukraine.
The U.S. benchmark briefly topped $130 a barrel in overnight electronic trade on speculation Russian oil imports would be banned. On Monday, West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up $2.80, or 2.4%, at $118.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after trading at $130.50 overnight. Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up $4.78, or 4.1%, to $122.89 a barrel, after peaking at $139.13 a barrel overnight.
Iran is pushing for other changes to its status, including that the International Atomic Energy Agency end its investigations into Iran’s nuclear activities.
In a statement that should make Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei smile, Rafael Mariano Grossi, director of the IAEA, has stated that the world’s atomic watchdog could work with Iran on the issue.
The Biden administration appears ready to lift not only the sanctions that were covered in the original deal but also many of those that Trump imposed after he pulled the United States out of the agreement, said Richard Goldberg, who specialized in Iran policy for Trump and is now a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Goldberg said:
“This agreement (Biden’s plan) gives more in sanctions relief while requiring less in nuclear commitments than the 2015 deal.”
Iran is also demanding that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps be removed from the United States terror blacklist, put there in 2019 by Trump. In making the unprecedented move to blacklist another country’s military, Trump said the IRGC:
“. . . actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”
Under the blacklist, sanctions were imposed that significantly squeezed the force’s finances, including freezing assets the IRGC might have in U.S. jurisdictions and banning Americans from doing business with the organization.
In what apparently is Iran acknowledging Trump’s reversal of Obama’s deal and a possible red tsunami coming at the polls in 2022 and 2024, it is seeking assurance that the United States cannot ever again withdraw from the nuclear agreement. The issue is a sticking point, as negotiators and diplomats are unable to guarantee a future president’s actions.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted that regardless of the positive rumblings, “Nobody can say the deal is done until all the outstanding remaining issues are resolved.”
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