Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Saudi ambassador to the US. (AP/Charles Dharapak) (AP/Charles Dharapak)
Bandar Bin Sultan

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan charges that Obama knowingly made a bad deal with Iran, which is now threatening the region and, possibly, global stability. 

A former Saudi ambassador to the US charged that the nuclear deal with Iran is deemed to fail and is even more dangerous than that signed with North Korea in 2003, which was a complete blunder.

In a column written for the London-based Arabic news site Elaph and published in English by the Washington Post, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the US between 1981 and 2005, points to the numerous failures and dangers in the agreement with the Islamic Republic, which, Israel says, paves the way to a nuclear bomb.

Bandar suggests that US President Barack Obama knowingly and intentionally made a bad deal, while former American President Bill Clinton made a nuclear agreement with North Korea in 1994 with the best intentions and with what he considered to be reliable information.

President Obama

US President Barack Obama. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

However, Bandar says, “it turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong and there was a major intelligence failure.” Had Clinton understood the full picture, he adds, “I am absolutely confident he would not have made that decision.”

Bandar  contrasts this with the US-led negotiations with Iran, “where the strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information and America’s allies in the region’s intelligence all predict not only the same outcome as the North Korean deal, but worse – with the billions of dollars that Iran will have access to.”

Bandar says Obama is smart enough to understand this but is ideologically driven and that any negative outcome would be “acceptable collateral damage.”

The new deal will “wreak havoc” in the Middle East, which is already destabilized due to Iranian actions, Bandar states.

Bandar is a major voice in Saudi foreign affairs. He was the longest-serving Saudi ambassador to Washington and headed the Saudi intelligence services between 2012 and 2014. His conclusion should carry weight in some circles.

“People in my region now are relying on God’s will and consolidating their local capabilities and analysis with everybody else except our oldest and most powerful ally,” he writes.

The Iran nuclear deal and other developments in the region have led Bandar to conclude that a phrase first used by Henry Kissinger – “America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more” – was correct.

By: United with Israel Staff

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