Retired Gen. Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff for the Army, appeared on Fox News Tuesday to discuss the Iran nuclear deal. Keane argued that the deal would not make a difference in Iran’s objective to become nuclear and “dominate the region.”
“I think the Iranians are very shrewd and they know that the United States is vulnerable to a deal because we are disengaging from the region. This thing will come out on their side in terms of the concessions they get for this,” Keane added.
The full exchange is available below:
JACK KEANE: I don’t think for a minute that Iran has changed its strategic objectives to dominate the region in terms of hegemony nor for the last 20 years to acquire a nuclear weapon. I think those two issues are clearly on the table for the Iranians. What they get out of this Alisyn is clearly a protection of their nuclear weapon’s development program. Centrifuges stay and highly enriched uranium stays, the percentage of it comes down. But the fact of the matter is the major components of the program stay and in addition to that 20 percent of the enriched uranium is being transferred to a dioxide, which experts tell us can be reversed and turned back. I think the Iranians are very shrewd and they know that the United States is vulnerable to a deal, because we are disengaging from the region. This thing will come out on their side in terms of they get concessions for this and also in my view, while all of the diplomatic effort is going on it neutralizes Israel in the sense that they cannot do a strike under the veil of diplomacy.