August 21

Where’s the Deal in the Iran Deal?

Normally when there is a deal, two sides somewhat compromise to each get something that they want. For the Iran Deal, that really sprung out of nowhere on the foreign policy scene and has left a lot of Americans with some serious question marks, it seems like the only person who is getting a deal is President Obama and his legacy. While Congress has the power to override the Iran Deal, President Obama has been pretty adamant that he will veto any sort of bill like this that comes to his desk. Furthermore, heavy hitting Democrats, such as Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Robert Menendez are not convinced that this deal will give the US what it wants, and prevent future wars.

Here’s a little background on Iran. The United States issued economic sanctions on the country in 1979. In 2003, the United Nations got on board with more economic sanctions. By 2013, Iran was seriously feeling the result, and due to a rising inflation rate and a declining economy, started to reach out to try and change their situation.

While Iranian leaders first sought to get key members on Congress on board, they received no traction until they promised to halt their nuclear plan, and comply with UN officials for inspections to ensure they totally got rid of any nuclear parts that could help them build a bomb.

Why is there such a push to make sure that Iran does not make a bomb? Because they have openly stated that they want to destroy Israel. As Israel is our number one ally in a tumultuous area, if the two countries got into a nuclear war, the US would be on board. Furthermore, Iran has supported multiple terrorist groups in the Middle East, and the size and power of the country could pose a serious threat to the peace in the western hemisphere.

So, while the Iran Deal looks good in the short term as it would destroy Iran’s nuclear program, the Deal will open up 100 billion dollars that will go back into Iran’s economy. A similar situation happened in 2008 with North Korea, where they promised to abandon a nuclear program, but one year later stated they changed their mind, and now have a nuclear bomb.

Now, new information has surfaced that it will be Iran officials, not UN officials, that inspect for nuclear facilities as well as products needed to make a nuclear bomb. While President Obama has said he trusts Iran to make honest inspections, many lawmakers are shaking their head that talk in cheap, and in the next years the US could have a serious problem on their hands.

Much of President Obama’s foreign policy has been to change diplomatic situations. The result is clear with this deal, as well as opening a US Embassy in Cuba again. Many believe that America is getting the short end of the stick, especially when there was no urgent need to set this deal into motion. A vote will happen soon regarding this deal, but unfortunately, the Commander in Chief will be able to veto anything Congress puts forward if it does not have a sufficient number of votes.