[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Jim Webb, the only moderate Democrat in the 2016 presidential race, sharply condemned the Obama-Iran nuke deal, stating on NPR on Wednesday that while Iran got a lot out of the deal, he’s still trying to understand how the United States benefits and that Iran should “never” be allowed to have nuclear weapons under any circumstances.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The former Virginia Senator and decorated military veteran told NPR’s Diane Rehm that rather than the deal being done through a non-transparent “executive agreement,” it should have been openly debated by Congress:
“I have said many times before that I actually think this should have been a congressional process from the beginning, not simply a vote of disapproval or approval at the end of it, rather than an executive agreement.
This should have been debated openly in front of the Congress — the seriousness of this agreement can’t be underestimated in terms of our long-term policies in the region.”
Webb then accused the Obama Regime of putting the proverbial “cart before the horse” in the negotiations with the Islamic terrorist-supporting state, declaring that Iran clearly benefits from the agreement because the deal paves the way to a nuclear Iran with the “acceptance of the United States.”
“If I look at what I’ve been reading, doing my best to get through the document itself, I say to myself, ‘What does Iran get of this?’ And they get a lot. They get a lot out of this. They get immediate lifting of sanctions. In over a period of about ten years they are going to be able to say that they can move forward with a nuclear weapons policy with the acceptance of the United States and these other countries.
I think we’re kind of moving the cart before the horse here in terms of improving relations with Iran. If you look at what’s happened in the region since the Iraq war, Iran’s position has become more powerful. And we have to be very careful about the signals we are sending into the region about to what level we are accepting this change in the balance of power among Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran.”
“What do you think the U.S. gets out of it?” Rehm asked.
“That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out,” Webb answered chuckling. “The idea that some of these programs will be postponed with vague guarantees of how we can conduct investigations and these sorts of things, are pretty vague. So that’s were my concern is.”
Unlike most liberals who don’t know the difference between Reagan’s nuclear talks with the Soviet Union, Webb understands the distinction.
“With the Soviet Union on these arms limitations talks, we were two nuclear powers already,” Webb explained to Rehm. “And we were talking about how we would reduce nuclear weapons in a cooperative way. Here, we are in a situation where we’re dealing with country that is not yet a nuclear power and we seem to be exceeding to that point.”
“The United States should never exceed to the point where Iran should acquire nuclear weapons,” Webb, a former Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration, proclaimed.
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