(CNSNews.com) – As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran approaches and the passage of a U.S. Senate bill that does not require the deal to be viewed as a treaty by Congress, the Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) President Frank Gaffney warned of the consequences of this scenario.
“We are dealing with national security fraud on the part of the Obama administration and its apologists or champions with regard to this agreement,” Gaffney said at a panel discussion hosted by the CSP on Friday in Washington, D.C. “It will not prevent Iran from getting the bomb, period.”
“It has not foreclosed all the avenues by which they can get the bomb, period,” Gaffney said.
“We will not be able to know with certitude how fast they’re moving to take advantage of the opportunities that remain – many – to get the bomb.”
“We will not see this terrible danger of a nuclear weapon, which the administration, specifically the president, has repeatedly promised to keep from coming to pass actually transform into a more peaceful region, let alone more secure world,” he said.
“To the contrary,” Gaffney said. “We will see it become more dangerous, more riddled with nuclear-capable nations.”
On Thursday, the Senate passed S.625, which if approved by the House will give Congress 30 days to examine the agreement before President Barack Obama could waive any sanctions in place against Iran. But even if Congress votes to disapprove the deal, Obama could veto it, which then requires a 2/3 vote in each chamber to override the veto.
It is a mistake that the Senate legislation does not treat the agreement with Iran as a treaty, Gaffney said.
“It actually seems to eviscerate one of the Senate’s constitutional responsibilities, namely to advise and consent to treaties,” Gaffney said. “Anything of this import must be a treaty and must be considered as such.”
“It is absolutely imperative that this deal be blocked,” Gaffney said.
Clare Lopez, senior vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy and former operations officer in the CIA's clandestine service, gave a long list of what she called “acts of war” that Iran has perpetrated against the United States, including the taking of American hostages in the U.S. Embassy when the regime came to power in 1979; the deaths of 299 American troops stationed at marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983; and the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000.
Lopez said Iran’s support of terrorism also includes the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil that killed almost 3,000 people.
Lopez cited Iran’s alliance with terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Taliban.
In Iraq, Iran’s support of Shiite terror militia has resulted in the “killing and maiming of American troops for years in that country,” Lopez said.
“We’ve had an absolute litany of Iranian acts of war against the United States,” she said.
The others panelists on what Gaffney called a “truth squad” about Iran and its nuclear weapons ambitions were Kenneth Timmerman, author, activist, investigative journalist and executive director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran; and retired Navy Adm. James Lyons, former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and father of the Navy Red Cell counterterrorist unit.