When the Iran nuclear agreement was made last fall, we had many worries about how it would play out. And now that it is starting to play out, those worries are proving to be well-founded. Writing at American Thinker, Shoshana Bryen looks at the imbalance of the Iran deal so far:
There is a pattern emerging on the Iran deal: we got and they got. That's how it's supposed to work -- something for something -- right? Okay.
- Iranian ballistic missile tests in violation of UN resolutions;
- Missiles fired near a U.S. aircraft carrier sailing in international waters; and
- Ten American sailors illegally captured, whose rights under the Geneva Convention were violated when they were photographed for propaganda purposes...
- Sanctions relief going forward;
- A closed book on prior defense related activity;
- A minimum, according to secretary of State Kerry, of $55 billion in frozen funds, and perhaps as much as $150 billion;
- An extra $1.3 billion "interest payment" on previously impounded funds; and
- The sincere and fulsome thanks of the U.S. Secretary of State for Iran's gracious behavior toward the kidnapped American sailors...
In the meantime, Secretary Kerry on CNN dismissed Saudi Arabia's fears of Iranian nuclear capability and other potential Iranian aggression with a warning and a slap...
In the meantime, the U.S. slapped at Israel on the subject of EU labeling of Israeli products from the West Bank...