IRS and Iran: Two Critical Developments Could Define Biden's Legacy
We’re tracking two important developments right now under President Biden’s watch. For one, Iran nuclear talks are slated to start next month. We’ve learned that the U.S. is not technically going to be a part of these talks because we withdrew from the P5+1 countries. However, Iran still wants to move forward, so we will watch what happens. Also, the $1.7 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill is being pushed for a vote today which could open the door for the IRS snooping provision we warned you about.
ACLJ Senior Counsel for Global Affairs and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling out leaders in the Biden Administration when it comes to this Iran deal. As Iran moves forward with nuclear talks without the United States, Sec. Pompeo explains what the Biden Administration can do to get ahead of the situation:
It does appear that they are trying to move on. When they tried to do that during the Trump Administration, we put enormous sanctions on them. . . . We can stop them from moving forward without us. We have the capacity to control what takes place. Second point is a more important one, I don’t think this Administration – even if they were at the table – would cut a deal that makes any sense for the United States of America. When they testified . . . they said we would do a deal, but it would be longer, stronger and better than the 2005 JCPOA. There is no chance the Iranians are reentering these discussions thinking they will end up in deeper commitments. . . . Most of the major provisions have expired and Iran will be on its path to a nuclear weapon in just a handful of years. This would be tragic for the Abraham Accords, tragic for the region, and really bad for the United States of America.
As one of the lead architects for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was asked essentially if Iran will develop a nuclear plan no matter what at this point. He responded:
I’m not fixing a date on that. Obviously, we closely monitor the progress in Iran’s nuclear program. We are alarmed and concerned by the steps that they have taken since they left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Within the JCPOA there were constraints on that program that were significant and substantial. We had a lid on that program. Now we do not because we don’t have that deal. So, our first and highest priority is to get back to the table and get back to a deal that does, in fact, place a lid on Iran’s nuclear program.
ACLJ Senior Military Analyst Wes Smith countered Sullivan’s statement:
Our highest priority should not be renegotiating the JCPOA which did not keep them from getting a nuclear weapon at all, it delayed it and they also cheated on it for many years. So why is our highest priority renegotiating something that is fatally flawed? Our highest priority should be . . . keeping them from getting a nuclear weapon. It’s that simple. . . . There is a flawed strategy here. The Biden Administration has negotiated from a position of weakness, not strength. The real commitment should be at whatever it costs, we will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. Not going back trying to lift sanctions and negotiate a plan that is flawed from the get-go.
Wes further expanded on his analysis in his latest blog: “Will the World Allow Iran To Have a Nuclear Weapon? What You Need To Know.”
President Biden is desperate for a legislative win as his foreign policy strategies are failing. In a last-minute effort, he is pushing for Democrat support on the infrastructure bill. ACLJ Director of Government Affairs Thann Bennett explains what is exactly in this massive spending bill:
Based on what’s in it . . . the bullet points say they are going to spend 1.75 trillion dollars unless they can get the [Senate] Parliamentarian to agree that they can put another 100 billion dollars in for some sort of immigration proposal. . . . So, you have a hundred billion dollars on a topic as important as immigration, and they literally don’t give you any details into what is in it.
As far as how they are going to pay for it, there has been some kind of breathless reporting that this IRS provision that we are so concerned about isn’t in here. I’m not willing to buy that yet. And for this reason, one of the main bullet points in here for how they will pay for it is called tax compliance, and it says they are going to focus on IRS enforcement. And it says IRS enforcement will close the tax gap. And the number that they list for that to raise revenue is 400 billion dollars. When we get legislative text back . . . don’t be shocked if something that looks like the IRS snooping provision that we’ve been talking about is what they mean by that bullet point there.
President Biden is determined to leave a legacy by putting his presidency on the line for this bill and reentering the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. The only legacy President Biden would leave with these two developments is failing the American people.
Today’s full Sekulow broadcast is complete with even more analysis of the $1.7 infrastructure bill and the Iran nuclear talks coming up next month.
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