Is Barack Obama another Neville Chamberlain? I've been reluctant to make the comparison, but as talks with Iran have unfolded, it's become impossible not to think of the 1938 Munich conference, where Britain and France agreed that strategically and economically vital Czech territory be ceded to Germany, leading soon after to German conquest of Czechoslovakia and World War II. America's looming deal with Iran rivals Munich in its unnecessary and catastrophic recklessness. It is an inexplicable unforced error that will have disastrous consequences unless Congress, or Israel, does something to stop it.
Mike Makovsky, chief executive of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a pro-Israel group, reminds us that "the US and its partners didn't include [compliance with IAEA requests] in the interim deal, the Joint Plan of Action, negotiated in November 2013, and is not part of the talks for a comprehensive deal. Separating these tracks out was a grave error since we need to understand the Iranian nuclear program's true elements to properly negotiate a comprehensive deal and properly verify compliance with a deal."
In the last 10 years, we’ve seen the degrading of the al-Qaeda network, the killing of Osama bin Laden and made tremendous advances in intelligence-gathering to prevent another catastrophic terrorist attack from occurring. At the same time, we’ve also seen the opening of a new front in the war on terrorism: the radical ideological movement largely inspired by the Islamic State and executed by so-called “lone wolf” militants who have no direct organizational ties to any extremist group.
“The pattern of these talks for the past 1.5 years is that the Obama Administration agrees to a deadline that serves to hold off Congressional action on new sanctions and pressure the White House to offer concessions to Iran before the talks are extended and a new deadline set and on and on,” warns Mike Makovsky, CEO of the pro-Israel JINSA.
Japan's national public broadcasting organization covered JINSA's Iran Task Force panel at our Fall 2014 National Leadership Meeting in Washington, DC. The video can be seen here translated and subtitled.