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We keep hearing from those who are for this Iranian nuclear deal that this deal is the best alternative to war.  Well, no one who is opposed to this deal is claiming we should go to war with Iran, so I do not understand their argument.

Is there a better alternative?

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-NY, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, and co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus believes there is.

Congressman Zeldin wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Times which he lays out 10 points, alternatives, the U.S. could have pursued and as laid out in his opinion piece they are:

  1. One that doesn’t make a slew of permanent concessions on our side in exchange for temporary concessions on the part of the Iranians;
  2. Doesn’t lift the ban on arms sales to Iran;
  3. Doesn’t reduce in 10 years Iran’s breakout time for having a nuclear bomb to zero days;
  4. Frees U.S. citizens being unjustly imprisoned by Iran. These include a U.S. Marine, a pastor and a reporter;
  5. Penalizes Iran financially for any activity to overthrow foreign governments and sponsor terror. Keeps money in escrow as an insurance policy to ensure compliance;
  6. Doesn’t trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East;
  7. If Iran won’t agree to eliminate their stockpiles of uranium and centrifuges, then these must at the very least be reduced to no more than what is absolutely necessary for peaceful use;
  8. Stops Iran’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles;
  9. Actually gives 24/7 anytime, anywhere inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites. The current agreement has a convoluted process that absolutely does not, contrary to what President Obama alleges, provide for 24/7 anytime, anywhere inspections;
  10. Iranian leadership agrees to stop blowing up mock U.S. warships in military exercises, pledging to wipe Israel off the map, and preaching “Death to America.”

So there you go, there does seem to be many points that could have been included in this nuke deal, which would have made the U.S. and the region safer.

My concern is that the president said he wanted to create more stability in the Middle East, but most Middle East analysts now believe he has created more instability.

Many other Middle Eastern countries that can will now be looking to create their own nuclear program to eventually make a nuclear bomb to protect themselves from Iran.

If they cannot produce one, they will be looking to purchase them.

To those of you who believe the sanctions did not work, well, it brought them to the negotiating table, did it not?

Secretary Kerry stated on five Sunday talk shows that the U.S. will be blamed if Congress kills the deal.  Well, sometimes you have to be the parent and stand up for what is right and not just try to be a friend to your child.


What are your thoughts?

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