Why We Can’t Negotiate With Iran

To believe we can negotiate with Iran is a to indulge a fantasy.

I have no illusions about how hard it will be to achieve this objective, but for the sake of our national security and the peace and security of the world, now is the time to give diplomacy a chance to succeed.” – Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, in a coalition with several other U.N. countries, is trying to secure a diplomatic deal with Iran to stymie their nuclear development program. Many politicians–on both sides of the aisle–are not in agreement with the President that Iran is a nation which can be dealt with rationally.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez co-drafted a bill with Republican Mark Kirk that would impose harsh sanctions on Iran if Obama’s negotiations fail. The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act is co-sponsored by six other Democrats. The majority of Republicans support the legislation as well, and Speaker John Boehner has even invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress just weeks before the bill would come up for a vote in March. This invite has the White House fuming, calling it a breach of protocol. Because we know Obama has never once breached protocol.

But now, following the heat from the President, the Dems have taken their foot off the pedal, pushing the vote back. According to The Hill:

The administration has threatened to veto any Iran sanctions bill, warning that such legislation could derail the delicate talks…Menendez and nine other Democrats signed a letter vowing to withhold support for sanctions legislation until March 24 if Republicans brought it to a floor vote. The move delayed a clash with the White House and allowed Senate Democrats to give the president time while maintaining support for Iran sanctions.”

During an interview with Jonathan Karl on ABC, Senator Ted Cruz argued that we are not dealing with people that behave rationally, and as such, negotiations won’t work:

I believe we are repeating the mistakes of the Clinton administration in the 1990s with respect to North Korea…Listen, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, they’re radical, extreme, unpredictable. But both father and son are fundamentally megalomaniacal narcissists…which means some degree of rational deterrence is possible…The problem with Iran is Khamenei and the Mullahs are radical, religious, Islamic nutcases…when you have religious leaders who glorify death or suicide ordinary cost benefit doesn’t work.”

Senator Tom Cotton, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, believes that Obama’s negotiations are dangerous:

One can only suspect an unspoken entente between the Obama administration and Iran: the U.S. won’t impose new sanctions on Iran and will allow it to develop threshold nuclear capabilities, while Iran won’t assemble a bomb till 2017…asking only that its centrifuges be disconnected instead of dismantled, permitting research and development into advanced centrifuges, excluding the military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program and its ballistic-missile program from the scope of the negotiations, and even agreeing to an expiration date for any final deal. In return for these concessions to Iran, the U.S. has given and will give Iran billions of dollars more in sanctions relief. What’s wrong with this picture?

Cruz, and Cotton are correct. Demands from regimes like Cuba, North Korea, and Russia are all power related. Their demands can be met with concessions, levies, and pressures from coalitions of outside powers. However, Iran is different. Iran, like many other middle eastern nations, is run by radical Islamists, whose only desire is to see western civilization destroyed.

The radical Islamist faith demands that all who are not in line with the dictates of Islam be wiped out. The leaders of Iran subscribe to this radical belief. This is not a country that can be negotiated with. This is a regime that executed 721 of its own people last year for crimes such as homosexuality, blasphemy, and mild drug charges. According to Jordan Schachtel of Breitbart:

While killing its own citizens at a record pace, the Islamic Republic of Iran has also continued to rapidly develop its nuclear weapons program. Several weeks ago, President Hassan Rouhani proudly announced that Iran had broken ground on two new power plants. The same day, news broke that Tehran was actively involved in helping Syria’s Assad regime build a nuclear plant of its own. Additionally, last week, Israel’s Channel 2 news captured a satellite image of an 89-foot-long ballistic missile near Tehran which may have the capability to hit the United States. Meanwhile, Iran has continued to grossly violate its interim nuclear deal which it had agreed to with the P5+1 Nations.”

Given all of this, that Iran continues to violate its prior agreements, that they commit such grotesque acts upon their own citizens, that their stated goal is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, that they are awaiting the arrival of the 13th Imam, which they believe will usher in a new caliphate, do you believe that they can be negotiated with?

Their radical faith drives them, and they will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals. First, to eliminate Israel, then to eliminate the West. Concessions will not work. We must crush their ability to produce nuclear weapons in the most aggressive way possible. You don’t deal with a psychopath by negotiation, you cripple them.