Ben Carson Unable To Craft Coherent Iran Policy
Last night, the Ben Carson for President campaign posted a message on Twitter, saying: “You can do something right now to stop Iran from obtaining the power it needs to threaten the free world. Write Congress RT #NoDeal”
It’s a well-established tradition for Republican presidential candidates to freak out about Iran.
Early in 2012, Mitt Romney warned that “the Iranians are making rapid progress toward obtaining the most destructive weapons in the history of the world.” Three and a half years later, that “rapid progress” still hasn’t brought the Iranians even one nuclear bomb for testing.
In 2007, John McCain said that Iran was so close to obtaining nuclear weapons that the only solution was war: “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!” he sang. Eight years later, we haven’t had to go to war against Iran at all. The deadly urgency turned out not to be so urgent after all.
Yet, Republicans are still trying to convince us that Iran is on the verge of attacking America with a first generation nuclear weapon. It’s like a foreign policy End Times conspiracy theory, with the GOP trying to convince us, year after year, that this time, their prophecies of an imminent attack from Iran are sure to be accurate.
So, it’s no surprise that we now have Ben Carson rattling the same old saber, warning that, just like four years ago, and eight years ago before that, Iran will soon attack Israel and the United States unless we “do something” drastic right now. But, what is this “something” Ben Carson wants us to do?
Carson wants Americans to write letters to Congress saying that there should be no agreement to the deal (read it) that will:
– deprive Iran of most of the centrifuges it needs to enrich uranium
– reduce Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent
– establishes inspection and reporting measures to ensure compliance, with access to previously undisclosed locations throughout Iran’s nuclear supply chain
– include an agreement that “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.”
What Ben Carson never explains is how blocking a deal that secures a permanent commitment from Iran to never develop nuclear weapons, and cripples the infrastructure required to do so, will “stop Iran from obtaining the power it needs to threaten the free world.” Does Carson think that Iran will be prevented from developing nuclear weapons simply by not engaging in diplomacy?
The truth is that Ben Carson has no plan for how to deal with Iran. Ben Carson has no plan for stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Ben Carson has developed no alternative to the agreement secured by the Obama Administration.
All that the Ben Carson for President campaign has been capable of producing is a quick, off-the-cuff statement written on the day that the agreement with Iran was secured. Carson wrote, “The Iran deal announced today with fanfare and another heaping dose of false hope is almost certain to prove an historic mistake with potentially deadly consequences. A careful review of the 100-plus pages is in order to fully understand the lengths to which the negotiators were willing to stoop to secure a deal at any cost with the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and a regime dedicated in word and deed to bringing Death to America. Without anywhere anytime surprise inspections, a full accounting of Iran’s past secret nuclear arms pursuits, elimination of Iran’s uranium stockpiles and the lifting of any sanctions only upon verification of Iranian compliance this is not a good deal, but a recipe for disaster and the first fateful step toward a frenzied nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”
The Carson for President campaign then quickly deleted this statement from its web site. Ben Carson wasn’t willing to stand by this statement, and he hasn’t come up with an alternative proposal yet.
Ben Carson offers America nothing when it comes to international diplomacy. He has no experience negotiating with former leaders or working with foreign policy. Carson’s lack of experience and inability to craft a coherent foreign policy plan may have served him well as a TV personality on Fox News, but it won’t serve the American people well if Carson is given access to the power of the Oval Office.