Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney claim that the first use of nuclear weapons since Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan may be coming soon, thanks to the recent deal with Iran.
The Cheneys are currently writing a book and published an excerpt as a op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. According to CNN, the piece compares the Iran deal to the Munich agreement that set the stage for World War 2, only this time there will be nuclear arms.
“The Obama agreement will lead to a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East and, more than likely, the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
The Obama administration negotiated the deal with Iran for months, leading to its final conclusion on July 14. In the agreement, Iran will give up on its nuclear weapons program and agreement to inspections by international officials in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the regime.
The deal has been under intense scrutiny from conservative lawmakers. The White House has reacted by fiercely defending the deal. Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that a better deal simply does not exist, according to the Huffington Post, but Dick Cheney believes the agreement inevitably sets the stage for war.
“The president has tried to sell this bad deal by claiming that there is no alternative, save war. In fact, this agreement makes war more, not less, likely. In addition to accelerating the spread of nuclear weapons across the Middle East, it will provide the Iranians with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief, which even the Obama administration admits likely will be used to fund terror.”
The White House was quick to dismiss Dick Cheney’s criticism. Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the same people who are protesting the agreement are the same ones who led us to war in 2002 and 2003.
Congress will vote to approve the deal with Iran next month. It’s not clear if Dick Cheney’s op-ed will have an effect on the vote, but many Congresspeople have already openly staked out their positions publicly.
Some have gone so far as to make claims that were later proven false. Marco Rubio claimed the agreement would force the U.S. and others to defend Iran if another country tried to undermine the country’s nuclear program. An idea Politifact revealed was wrong. Likewise, a PAC backing Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said the president met with the Iranian president in secret before the deal.
According to the Hill, Dick Cheney’s piece went on to criticize other aspects of Obama’s foreign policy, accusing the President of abandoning Iraq and dangerously surrendering U.S. global leadership.
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