WASHINGTON, November 16, 2016 — Three months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and nearly a year after taking office, President George W. Bush stood in the White House Rose Garden and announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty signed with Russia in 1972.
He said the agreement hindered “our government’s ways to protect our people from future terrorist or rogue state missile attacks. Defending the American people is my highest priority as commander in chief, and I cannot and will not allow the United States to remain in a treaty that prevents us from developing effective defenses,” said Bush.
He noted that “terrorists, and some of those who support them, seek the ability to deliver death and destruction to our doorstep via missiles. And we must have the freedom and flexibility to develop effective defenses against those attacks.”
When in July of 2015 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held hearings concerning the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Marco Rubio expressed concern over a provision requiring the U.S. to help Iran “respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage.”
“Does the deal we have just signed obligate us to help Iran defend itself against Israeli sabotage, or for that matter the sabotage of any other country in the world? If Israel conducts an airstrike against a physical facility, does this deal… does it require us to help Iran protect and respond to that threat?” asked Rubio.
After some hemming and hawing, a State Department functionary flatly denied that the United States had committed itself to protecting Iran’s nuclear facilities. But it was at this point that Secretary of State Kerry joined in, “I think we just have to wait until we get to that point.”
We later learned that a secret deal within the deal included the delivery by the U.S. government of $1.7 billion stacked neatly atop wooden pallets and airlifted to Iran aboard unmarked aircraft. The funds, impounded after Iran took American diplomats hostage in the 1970s, were returned in compliance with the nuclear deal’s lifting of economic sanctions against the state-sponsor of international terror.
That money will go a long way in expanding Iran’s global reach.
In 2015, Obama’s own State Department issued a report saying, “Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard… its Ministry of Intelligence and Security, and Tehran’s ally Hezbollah.”
The report added that Iran “transferred to Hezbollah advanced weapons systems such as anti-aircraft and anti-ship cruise missile systems, and was continuing to transfer long-range rockets into Lebanon.”
Shortly after he announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for president, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “I hate to inherit a bad deal… It is so important that they [Iran] not have nuclear weapons. The problem with this deal is they will have them and all other surrounding countries are going to be forced to get them too. You’re going to have nuclear holocaust.”
Trump must follow the example of his Republican presidential predecessor by announcing America’s withdrawal from an agreement he called “the most incompetently drawn contract I’ve ever seen.”
After taking the oath of office this January, President Trump should take to the Rose Garden, emulate President George W. Bush, and announce the United States is withdrawing from Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran so as to “protect our people from future terrorist or rogue state missile attacks. Defending the American people is my highest priority as commander in chief.”