By Art Harman
The president and congressional supporters are providing aid and comfort to a sworn enemy.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas: “It is the policy of the ayatollah … that Iran wants to destroy the United States?”
Secretary John Kerry: “I don’t believe they’ve said that. I think they’ve said ‘Death to America.'”
Scarcely a day goes by that Iran has not renewed its vows that it is an enemy of the United States. In spite of Kerry’s professed ignorance, this is not hard to miss.
During the nuclear negotiations, Iran built a near-full-scale replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier, and then launched assaults on it and blew it up. This is a military drill for destroying our very real aircraft carriers and should be viewed as a very serious warning of Tehran’s intentions.
This week, Iranian Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi stated that the nuclear agreement should not “change our foreign policy” of opposition to America, “our number one enemy, whose crimes are uncountable.”
Iran’s President Rouhani stated in 2013 that, “saying ‘death to America’ is easy. We need to express ‘death to America’ with action!”
Also in 2013, a commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hossein Salami, stated, “We welcome war with the U.S. as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power.”
In short, Iran’s leaders have repeatedly declared they are the enemy of the United States.
The nuclear deal, which Obama has negotiated and signed, and on which Congress will vote, provides by many accounts $100-$150 billion in cash – all up front. This is in addition to the $11.9 billion we already paid Iran to stay at the negotiating table and in addition to the tens of billions a year they will reap from resumed oil and arms sales.
This massive cash infusion will finance the completion of their nuclear and ICBM development and production, fund the purchase of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system and other weapons, and fund their worldwide support for terrorism.
Iran’s oil minister announced that with the lifting of sanctions, they will increase oil production to 4.2 million barrels a day by the end of 2016; providing $70,518,000,000 income per year to the regime at the current futures price of $46 per barrel.
In short, the Iran nuclear deal funds Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and global terror. This is called “aid and comfort.”
Ignorance is no excuse. Iran and the United States are playing exactly the same playbook used with the deal that financed and paved the path to North Korea’s atomic and missile arsenals.
In fact Obama is using the exact same failed negotiator. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who negotiated the 1999 nuclear deal with North Korea, is following in her own footsteps of appeasement in Iran.
That deal showered the bloody North Korean regime with hundreds of millions of dollars of food and oil, and even promised to build nuclear reactors for the regime. The North Koreans simply completed their development and production in secret facilities and then tested the first atomic bombs as their demonstration of sincerity.
This week, Iran announced it will violate the U.N. ban on missile production. Iran may make a similar statement to violate the nuclear deal following the delivery of the upfront reward of more than $100 billion dollars.
In fact, in addition to Iran’s declaration that they will collect samples and self-certify their innocence, Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan boasted that “Iran does not plan to issue permission for the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect every site.” There is no effective verification.
There is no reason to believe Iran will not similarly complete in secret and then test their first atomic weapons, perhaps having offered in a secret codicil that they may wait a “decent interval” of months or a year after Obama leaves the White House to declare or prove themselves to be a nuclear power.
President Obama must know Iran will violate the deal in every possible way.
The Constitution is very clear on the definition of treason:
Article III: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
As described above, Iran is the sworn enemy of the United States.
The unenforceable nuclear deal, the release of more than a hundred billion dollars to the regime and the removal of effective sanctions each offer valuable aid and comfort to our sworn enemy.
Therefore, President Obama, by signing the nuclear agreement with Iran, has committed treason against the United States.
Every member of Congress who votes against the Resolution of Disapproval will also commit treason against the United States.
Members of Congress are urged to reflect on the true nature of our sworn enemy and the aid and comfort provided to our enemy by the nuclear deal, and then to vote for the Resolution of Disapproval and vote to override a presidential veto.
Please ask your senators and representative to vote for the Resolution of Disapproval. Call 202-224-3121. The votes may occur anytime between Sept. 9 and 17.
Art Harman was the legislative director for Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, in the 113th Congress and is a veteran policy analyst and grass-roots political expert. His expertise includes foreign relations, border security/amnesty and national security; and he is a frequent guest on radio shows on key policy issues.