In an op-ed published Tuesday in Time, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ripped apart the Obama administration's "terribly negotiated" and dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.
"It is hard to believe a president of the United States would actually put his name on an agreement with the terrorist state Iran that is so bad, so poorly constructed and so terribly negotiated that it increases uncertainty and reduces security for America and our allies, including Israel," begins Trump. And it only gets less warm and fuzzy from there.
Calling the deal "amateur hour" and yet more evidence of the "total incompetence of our president and politicians," Trump contrasted the negotiation tactics of the Obama administration with that of Ronald Reagan, who was willing to walk away from the deal under the maxim that "no deal is better than a bad deal."
Trump lays out the president's massive concessions in his usual stark fashion:
After the agreement goes into effect: All nuclear-related sanctions will be lifted. Iran receives a windfall of $150 billion, which will no doubt fund terrorism around the world. Iran will receive notice before any inspections take place. Iran can block inspection of certain facilities. Iran will soon be able to continue expanding its conventional arms and guided missile programs without facing snapback sanctions. Iran can keep American prisoners, including one former U.S. Marine and, very sadly, a Christian minister. Iran can continue to operate about 6,000 centrifuges. Other countries will be free to invest in Iran.
Meanwhile, notes Trump, Iran will be able to "solidify bonds" with Russia, China and North Korea, who will benefit while the U.S. "loses on all fronts." Ultimately this deal will leave the world with a nuclear Iran, which will result in an arms race and Western interests "within the footprint of Iran's missiles."
Underscoring the "existential threat" posed to Israel and U.S. allies in the region, Trump argues that the president's deal makes it all the more important that we elect a strong leader in 2016. He then outlines in broad strokes how he would handle the disastrous deal if elected, including demanding "immediate release of our American prisoners" and asking Congress "to impose new sanctions that stop Iran from having the ability to sponsor terrorism around the world."
The Republican frontrunner concludes by making clear he would be willing to use force if necessary to keep Iran from harming American allies and interests.
"We will use all the tools of power available, hopefully avoiding direct action," he writes, adding, "But make no mistake, a Trump presidency will demonstrate the will to do whatever is necessary to protect the interests of the United States, Israel and its allies."