War in Ukraine and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Commentary Many, even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are suddenly complaining that the USA and most of Europe are still buying Russian oil in the midst of the invasion in Ukraine—essentially financing Vladimir Putin’s war machine and prolonging the carnage, while pretending to oppose him. The conventional explanation of this murderous hypocrisy is that the aforesaid nations are so wedded to the cult of green energy they wouldn’t dare produce their own oil and gas. This is particularly true of the USA, where President Joe Biden turned off virtually every spigot the minute he got into office and has continued to do so.  But this isn’t all about whether sometime in the 24th century we will finally find alternative energy sources—I’ll wager they won’t be solar or wind—to replace fossil fuels. Something far more sinister might be afoot here.   Could it be that America and its putative partners in the renewed JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) are buying Russian oil so Russia will cooperate on the closing of the new Iran deal? That deal, supposedly on the brink of being signed in Vienna, promises to be even worse than the original that Trump deemed, with considerable justification, the worst deal ever. The details of that original deal were almost impossible to ascertain by the public because it had so many hidden codicils. It also had no enforcement provisions of any significance, so it basically wasn’t an actual deal. Further, it was never ratified by the Senate and, therefore, Trump could legally rescind it by executive order. And he did.   (The Iranians are apparently looking for a way to avoid this eventuality in the new deal. They can read Biden’s poll numbers, too.) Melanie Phillips, on her substack, published an extraordinary litany of horrors in the new deal, but before I get into them, allow me to air something in macro that has always puzzled me. Doesn’t Iran already have the bomb, at least in some form? After all, the atomic bomb was invented by us in 1944! Since then, seven other countries are acknowledged to have nuclear weapons. The Chinese got them in the 1960s while still basically a third-world country; Pakistan tested its first bomb in 1998. Several more countries may actually have nuclear weapons without admitting it—they certainly have the technology. My guess is Iran already has something. They’ve been working pretty hard. Israeli intelligence sneaked away one ton (!) of Iranian nuclear materials, including compact disks, videos, and detailed designs in black binders, from Tehran in 2018. When shown to Trump in a private White House viewing by then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the information was said to have been instrumental in our president’s decision to withdraw from the first deal.   Why would anyone expect Iran to adhere to a second one? They probably don’t. Deep down, they must know that most of this is for show. Everyone assumes that Iran will get the bomb sooner or later. This new deal, reportedly, only lasts for two and a half more years.   The Israelis are naturally concerned and their new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, has gone to Moscow to importune Putin. Nevertheless, the speculation is that our people, and the Europeans, don’t believe that the world would allow for the destruction of Israel, repeatedly called for by the mullahs (along with “Death to America,” of course).   Oh, really? In 2001, former (now deceased) Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani referred to Israel as a “one-bomb country,” meaning one bomb could wipe out the Jewish state, as opposed to larger countries, such as Iran, that could take several bombs and still survive. He was correct, of course. The Israelis know it. And the Iranians obviously know it. So back to Phillips’s discussion of the current deal. She quotes at length from Gabriel Noronha, a former Iranian official at our State Department. This is Noronha, taken from a series of tweets: “1. My former career @StateDept, NSC, and EU colleagues are so concerned with the concessions being made by @RobMalley in Vienna that they’ve allowed me to publish some details of the coming deal in the hopes that Congress will act to stop the capitulation. “2. ‘What’s happening in Vienna is a total disaster,’ one warned. The entire negotiations have been filtered and ‘essentially run’ by Russian diplomat Mikhail Ulyanov. The concessions and other misguided policies have led three members of the U.S. negotiating team to leave. “3. This is a long and technical thread, but here’s what you should know: the deal being negotiated in Vienna is dangerous to our national security, it is illegal, it is illegitimate, and it in no way serves U.S. interests in either the short or long term. “4. Here’s why: Led by Rob Malley, the U.S. has promised to lift sanctions on some of the regime’s worst terrorists and torturers, leading officials in the regime’s WMD [weapons of mass destruction] infrastructure, and is currentl

War in Ukraine and the Iran Nuclear Deal

Commentary

Many, even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are suddenly complaining that the USA and most of Europe are still buying Russian oil in the midst of the invasion in Ukraine—essentially financing Vladimir Putin’s war machine and prolonging the carnage, while pretending to oppose him.

The conventional explanation of this murderous hypocrisy is that the aforesaid nations are so wedded to the cult of green energy they wouldn’t dare produce their own oil and gas. This is particularly true of the USA, where President Joe Biden turned off virtually every spigot the minute he got into office and has continued to do so. 

But this isn’t all about whether sometime in the 24th century we will finally find alternative energy sources—I’ll wager they won’t be solar or wind—to replace fossil fuels.

Something far more sinister might be afoot here.  

Could it be that America and its putative partners in the renewed JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) are buying Russian oil so Russia will cooperate on the closing of the new Iran deal?

That deal, supposedly on the brink of being signed in Vienna, promises to be even worse than the original that Trump deemed, with considerable justification, the worst deal ever.

The details of that original deal were almost impossible to ascertain by the public because it had so many hidden codicils. It also had no enforcement provisions of any significance, so it basically wasn’t an actual deal. Further, it was never ratified by the Senate and, therefore, Trump could legally rescind it by executive order. And he did.  

(The Iranians are apparently looking for a way to avoid this eventuality in the new deal. They can read Biden’s poll numbers, too.)

Melanie Phillips, on her substack, published an extraordinary litany of horrors in the new deal, but before I get into them, allow me to air something in macro that has always puzzled me.

Doesn’t Iran already have the bomb, at least in some form?

After all, the atomic bomb was invented by us in 1944!

Since then, seven other countries are acknowledged to have nuclear weapons. The Chinese got them in the 1960s while still basically a third-world country; Pakistan tested its first bomb in 1998.

Several more countries may actually have nuclear weapons without admitting it—they certainly have the technology.

My guess is Iran already has something. They’ve been working pretty hard. Israeli intelligence sneaked away one ton (!) of Iranian nuclear materials, including compact disks, videos, and detailed designs in black binders, from Tehran in 2018.

When shown to Trump in a private White House viewing by then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the information was said to have been instrumental in our president’s decision to withdraw from the first deal.  

Why would anyone expect Iran to adhere to a second one?

They probably don’t. Deep down, they must know that most of this is for show. Everyone assumes that Iran will get the bomb sooner or later. This new deal, reportedly, only lasts for two and a half more years.  

The Israelis are naturally concerned and their new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, has gone to Moscow to importune Putin.

Nevertheless, the speculation is that our people, and the Europeans, don’t believe that the world would allow for the destruction of Israel, repeatedly called for by the mullahs (along with “Death to America,” of course).  

Oh, really? In 2001, former (now deceased) Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani referred to Israel as a “one-bomb country,” meaning one bomb could wipe out the Jewish state, as opposed to larger countries, such as Iran, that could take several bombs and still survive.

He was correct, of course. The Israelis know it. And the Iranians obviously know it.

So back to Phillips’s discussion of the current deal. She quotes at length from Gabriel Noronha, a former Iranian official at our State Department. This is Noronha, taken from a series of tweets:

“1. My former career @StateDept, NSC, and EU colleagues are so concerned with the concessions being made by @RobMalley in Vienna that theyve allowed me to publish some details of the coming deal in the hopes that Congress will act to stop the capitulation.

“2. ‘Whats happening in Vienna is a total disaster,’ one warned. The entire negotiations have been filtered and ‘essentially run’ by Russian diplomat Mikhail Ulyanov. The concessions and other misguided policies have led three members of the U.S. negotiating team to leave.

“3. This is a long and technical thread, but heres what you should know: the deal being negotiated in Vienna is dangerous to our national security, it is illegal, it is illegitimate, and it in no way serves U.S. interests in either the short or long term.

“4. Heres why: Led by Rob Malley, the U.S. has promised to lift sanctions on some of the regimes worst terrorists and torturers, leading officials in the regimes WMD [weapons of mass destruction] infrastructure, and is currently trying to lift sanctions on the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] itself. Lets dive in.”

There’s a lot more at the link worth reading if you still have any hair left. It gets worse.

But first, nota bene, three members of the U.S. negotiating team have left. How often does that happen? And why do you suppose they did it? Unfortunately, it’s obvious.

Phillips herself concludes:

“If this is correct, then under cover of the Ukraine crisis, an act of supreme treachery is being perpetrated by the Biden administration against America and the west in empowering the Iranian regime—an enemy of civilization that has been at war against America, Israel and the west since it came to power in 1979.”

Why is this all happening? Do I have to quote H.L. Mencken again?

“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”

Yes, it’s that, of course. Huge amounts of sanctioned money are being remanded to the Iranian regime, the greatest state sponsor of terrorism, by our same administration that took the Houthis off the terror list just days before they started rocketing Dubai. 

And, to inhale the pot, we will be buying oil from mullahs (along with the Russians) so we don’t sully our “magnificent ecological record.”

But it’s also about a dislike for Israel that began in the Obama administration and is still being carried forth by those who seem to obey the 44th president more than anyone.  

Barack Obama didn’t just, as is well-known, despise Netanyahu, he had a distaste for the Jewish state in general that was not only reflected in the statements of his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It also appeared in his administration’s policies and, to an as-yet-unknown degree, in an event I wrote about in April 2010—“Why Is the L.A. Times Burying the Obama/Khalidi Tape?

That’s a mystery yet to be solved. Meanwhile, we will soon have to deal with the new JCPOA. If there were ever anything for Congress to oppose, this is it.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.