The New York Time’s Alex Burns reveals that he is an idiot in the way he treats Mitt Romney.
“People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.” – George Orwell
As President Obama and a coalition of world powers has been tinkering with an Iranian nuclear arrangement, 47 Republican senators (lead by Iraq war vet and Harvard Law graduate Tom Cotton) have attempted to thwart such an agreement.
In an open letter to Iranian leaders, Tom Cotton explains that any deal not approved by Congress will not be accepted by Congress, and that such a deal could also be revoked by the next sitting President. These are simple facts, but ones of which many are unaware.
This letter was not intended to help Iran, as is being alleged by the mush-brained liberal press, as well as the 280,000 (and rising) rubes who signed a whitehouse.gov petition demanding treason charges be filed against the 47 Senators under the Logan Act. However, it was intended to undermine the deal being negotiated. Why? Because it’s a bad deal, and the Senators who signed the letter aren’t particularly keen on reducing sanctions on Iran as an incentive against developing nuclear weapons.
Reducing sanctions would only allow Iran to become more profitable and provide more aid to terrorist organizations–as they are the largest state sponsor of terror in the world. Additionally, why on God’s green earth would we trust a nation to dismantle its nuclear program when its leaders have made clear on multiple occasions that they are driven by a psychotic theology?
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently called negotiations with the United States a “jihad.” The Washington Free Beacon reports that Rouhani’s statement prompted Matan Shamir, director of research at United Against Nuclear Iran, to say:
“…his comments make clear that he continues to view the U.S. an antagonistic global oppressor that must be triumphed over, in this case by a diplomatic ‘jihad’…This is clearly not the language of a moderate or of a regime with which rapprochement is at all realistic.”
Regarding this nightmare, Mitt Romney penned an op-ed for USA Today, in which he scorched the President’s negotiations with Iran. Among the biting rhetoric, Romney made reference to how deeply the United States and its allies failed to keep N. Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons:
“Agreements with tyrants and fanatics have very short shelf lives. Case in point, our agreements with North Korea, inked by presidents from both political parties.
In 1985, North Korea acceded to the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and in 1991, it signed the South-North Joint Declaration on Denuclearization. In 1993, however, the CIA determined that North Korea had likely already separated enough fissile material for one to two nuclear bombs.
Then in 1994, North Korea signed the Agreed Framework to dismantle its nuclear capabilities in exchange for gifts of fuel oil, low-grade reactors and normalized diplomatic relations.
In 2002, North Korea admitted to a secret program to enrich uranium, reopened a previously shuttered reactor, and expelled the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors from the country. In 2003, North Korea officially withdrew from the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The agreements with North Korea didn’t work. And the North Korea agreements looked tougher than what we are hearing about from the Kerry negotiations: The North Korea deal required complete dismantling of the country’s enrichment capabilities and had no explicit expiration date. A soft nuclear agreement with a rogue state? Fool us twice, shame on us.”
But the left can’t leave a good argument alone. Yesterday, Alex Burns of The New York Times tweeted a screen grab of this portion of Romney’s op-ed, with the mocking caption: “Romney dismisses as a self-evident failure these deals that delayed NK nukes for over a decade.”
In Burns’ warped mind, the deals made in the 1990’s kept North Korea from developing nuclear weapons for a decade. But as Romney pointed out (it’s even in the screen grab), North Korea developed weapons secretly. Now, just for Alex’s sake, I’ll provide a definition of “secret.”
Merriam-Webster defines “secret” as “kept hidden from others; or kept from knowledge or view.”
According to a 2002 piece from The New York Times (emphasis my own):
“Confronted by new American intelligence, North Korea has admitted that it has been conducting a major clandestine nuclear-weapons development program for the past several years, the Bush administration said tonight. Officials added that North Korea had also informed them that it has now ‘nullified’ its 1994 agreement with the United States to freeze all nuclear weapons development activity.”
As Romney notes in his piece, the restrictions on North Korea were much more stringent than the ones likely to be implemented on Iran, should this deal go through. And he’s absolutely correct to believe that Iran would do exactly what North Korea did: develop nuclear weapons in secret. Given this likelihood, Obama’s forthcoming deal with Iran is pretty much useless.
One cannot negotiate with someone who has no honor. And Alex Burns is an idiot.