Georgia Says

The Brunswick (Ga.) News on congressman does not support Iran deal:

A country that is a pariah to other nations and suddenly finds itself in desperate need of cash knows where to get it. All it has to do is tell the rest of the world that it is now willing to be a team player, if only temporarily.

It's a strategy that seems to be working for Iran, a nation full of dangerous religious zealots that has endured years of limited to no trade with other nations because of its pursuit of nuclear technology, among other things. Iran has been considered untrustworthy for a long time, but now it will be treated with a favored nation status because of its promise to be kind enough to forgo, for the moment, developing all the technology and ingredients that will enable it to build nuclear weapons.

That might sound a tad suspect to some, but apparently not to President Obama and other world leaders. They are ready to release $7 billion to Iran simply on a verbal promise to play nice for a while. Nations considered unfriendly by much of the rest of the world are no doubt taking note. All that's required for the free world to forget decades of kidnappings and tyrannical actions is for the chief pirate of an offending nation to smile broadly, wave to the cameras and offer a few words of flattery to the outside world.

Not surprisingly, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston feels the same way. Instead of dropping sanctions, the United States and the rest of the free world ought to tighten them even more, the coastal Georgia congressman says. Rep. Kingston is a member of the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, so he knows better than most who the world is dealing with here.

Like others, Rep. Kingston simply doesn't trust Iran. "Loosening (sanctions) now serves only to give Iran breathing room - and a $7 billion economic infusion - so it can continue its pursuit of nuclear weapons," he said recently, adding, "That the United States would side with Iran over Israel on this matter is unfathomable."

Giving Iran anything is a bad idea, one the United States and the rest of the free world will likely live to regret.

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