The Pew Research Center has just released a pretty amazing poll. According to Pew's scientific survey, just 21% of American adults approve of the nuke deal negotiated with Iran's leaders, while 70% believe the mullahs will cheat. You know, those very same mullahs who chant 'Death to America' and who gleefully predict Israel's demise.
One in five, by the way, is pretty much the same ratio of Americans who believe in witches or that a UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
If you're thinking the poll was skewed by Obama-loathing Republicans, we'll point out that just 42% of Democrats endorse the bargain. That is despite all the hype claiming this is the very best deal we could have gotten. Secretary of State John Kerry might as well have waved a piece of paper while promising 'peace for our time.'
Okay, so the ill-informed public opposes the agreement, but what about our much wiser elected leaders? A grand total of 42 senators support the deal, while 58 stand opposed. In the House, dominated by Republicans, opposition is even more strident.
So here we have a landmark national security agreement being passed despite the objection of most members of Congress and the majority of Americans. Even ObamaCare had more support when it was rammed through in 2009.
Speaking of which, this Iran deal is every bit as polarizing as the amusingly-named Affordable Care Act. Republicans describe the Iran deal with an outpouring of hyperbole – Ted Cruz calls it 'catastrophic,' while Donald Trump demurely blasts it as the 'worst document' he's ever witnessed. 'We are led,' Trump adds, 'by very, very stupid people!' On the other side, Hillary Clinton defends the deal and vows to 'respond decisively' if Iran breaks its promises.
The cold, hard truth is that Iran got the better end of this long-negotiated bargain. The mullahs do not have to submit to snap inspections, which is an open invitation to cheat. And cheat they will, it's what they do.
Just ask Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, former boss of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the nation for more than two years under President Obama.
Appearing on The Factor Wednesday evening, Gen. Flynn called the Iran deal 'sad for the country.' He also complained that the administration has been fooled by 'bad assumptions.' While acknowledging that the deal will eventually become a reality, Flynn accused Democrats of 'not voting for national security … they're voting for the president's legacy.'
What a legacy it is! Millions of refugees are now fleeing Syria, where the president's notorious 'red line' was ignored. And innocent people are being hunted down and beheaded in Iraq, where the president refused to leave behind a residual force that could have resisted ISIS.
Sadly, much of the world is a mess right now, largely because our president was determined to withdraw and disengage. His actions – or inactions – call to mind an adage usually attributed to Leon Trotsky, a man we don't quote all that often. "You may not be interested in war," Trotsky observed, "but war is interested in you."
Right now war in its various forms is very interested in us, and it is affecting and infecting much of the globe. Things could get worse, much worse, when this ill-advised nuke deal takes effect, as it almost certainly will.
We'll end with a question posed by Lt. Gen. Flynn in the No Spin Zone the other night: 'Why are we giving the leading state sponsor of terrorism the ability to have a nuclear threshold state?' Why indeed?