As concerns about big U.S. concessions surface, President Biden’s efforts to reach a new nuclear agreement with Iran are moving forward quickly.
Washington and Tehran are apparently approaching an agreement, according to the most current reports from the indirect negotiations being handled by the EU.
The Biden administration is reportedly awaiting an Iranian answer to its most recent proposal from mid-August.
Although it’s not a guarantee, there are some reasons to think an agreement will materialize in the upcoming weeks.
Sensing this, Israeli officials started a mostly public campaign to caution the administration about the ramifications of a prospective deal that, according to one estimate, would relieve Iran of almost $1 trillion in sanctions.
Tehran wants IRGC removed from State Department’s terrorist list
Tehran wants the IRGC to be removed from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations so it can be protected from legal action and its members can obtain visas for the United States, among other things.
Biden’s mediators have rejected this demand.
Politico stated the White House may choose a compromise instead, whereby the U.S. declines to aggressively enforce restrictions barring western corporations based outside of the United States from doing business with the guards.
Other concessions involving sanctions are as unsettling. According to reports, the Iranian negotiation team is working to sell the agreement to President Ebrahim Raisi’s administration in Tehran by boasting about the concessions it says it has obtained.
These concessions, according to Iran International, include a promise from the United States to revoke three of Trump’s executive orders.
The first of these directives designates Raisi and the Supreme Leader Khamenei as targets, as well as several IRGC commanders engaged in terrorist actions and various members of Khamenei’s network.
The nation’s financial sector and Iranian industrial nodes are the targets of the other two orders. According to some reports, the revocation of those presidential orders would take place before any agreement would be reviewed by Congress.
I mean, at this point it would be more dignified to just sell Iran nukes rather than give away our national self-respect in order to get them to return to pretending not to develop them until they have them. https://t.co/A48xHu0Sdp
— Dan, Purveyor of Balderdash and Chicanery (@Libertybibbledy) August 29, 2022
Although the Iranian Nuclear Agreement Study Act should require the administration to bring the language to Congress for a vote, it’s possible Congress won’t even get a chance to review any agreement that Biden tries to sign.
Bipartisan objections are gaining traction, suggesting opposition to the accord among Democrats may be stronger than it was in 2015.
This week, a group of 34 Democrats and 16 Republicans sent a letter to President Biden citing the aforementioned developments and stating their concerns.
They advised Biden not to act alone, but to submit the whole document for evaluation, together with any side agreements. Given that Biden has a history of bypassing Congress, the administration hasn’t promised to present any potential deals for legislative scrutiny.
The giveaway will aid terror plots against Americans
According to the Department of Justice, Tehran attempted to assassinate John Bolton, but was unsuccessful; it had slightly better luck when Salman Rushdie was injured in an attack by an IRGC supporter.
Threats still exist against American politicians, foreign policy specialists, journalists, and dissidents. Instead of releasing cash cows for the ayatollah and the IRGC, the right approach is to fiercely fight back with forward-leaning clandestine operations.
Joe Biden seems to be trying to increase his approval ratings by give away everything he can…ie…loan forgiveness, free open border, money for Iran….. the list goes on and on and on….
— Andre Murphy (@AndreMu29455225) August 25, 2022
The president is in charge of everything.
While it may be true legislators would most likely make laws prohibiting American efforts to fulfill any potential promises to Tehran (and any future Republican president would annul an agreement on day one made by Biden), the administration can still cause significant harm in the interim.
All signs point to that being its intention.This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.