WEAPONS: Plenty still in favor of Iran deal

Let me introduce you to those Bill Tennant accuses of “stupidly and idiotically” standing by the Iran nuclear deal whom he calls “know-it-all clueless dummies” in his recent “Trump does right thing to withdraw” column. Not celebrating are: the entire U.S. military establishment; Defense Secretary James Mattis; Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford; the head of U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. John Hyten; and the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel.

Those are just the generals still in uniform. In March, 100 national security veterans from across the spectrum signed a statement supporting JCPOA. Fifty of them were retired U.S. military officers including Republicans such as Gen. Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to George H.W. Bush; Gen Michael Hayden, former director of both NSA and CIA under George W. Bush; Gen. Colin Powell, national security advisor to Ronald Reagan and secretary of state under George W. Bush; and Trump’s own former national security advisor, Gen. H. R. McMaster who was working with two key senators to prevent Trump from destroying the deal before he was fired.

Add to the above, the Israel security establishment despite Netanyahu’s 15 year old “info.” The chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, said the deal “with all its faults is working”; the chair of the Israeli Space Agency and award-winning military scientist, Isaac Ben-Israel, said the agreement was “even good for Israel” because “it averts an atom bomb for 15 years.”

The former director of the spy agency Mossad, Efraim Halevy, says JCPOA provides a “credible answer to the Iranian military threat, at least for a decade, if not longer”; the former chief of domestic security agency Shin Bet, Carmi Gillon, said it helped “make the region, and the world, a safer place”; the former head of Israeli military intelligence, Amos Yadlin, says “tearing up the deal would create a dangerous void”; and former Israeli prime minister and that country’s most decorated soldier, Ehud Barak, said withdrawing from the deal would be a “mistake”.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Integrity vs. a five-deferment draft dodging, reality-show character who likes to play tough guy by fake wrestling and calling people names. Why would I be surprised that someone who exhibits such ignorance and likes to call people names would choose the latter?

Barbara Siddall

SUN CITY



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