Ret. Admiral James Stavridis offered up a harsh critique of the Iran deal’s verification process Wednesday, telling “Morning Joe” that components of the deal are starting to “resemble Swiss cheese.”
Stavridis, who acted as NATO Supreme Allied Commander and is now Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that “you can drive a truck” through the “holes” in the deal the way it’s constructed now.
“I think the top [issue] is the verification regime, which is starting to roughly resemble Swiss cheese,” Stavridis said. “You can drive a truck through some of these holes, and I am very concerned about that.”
“We need to have access to it and understand it. Reportedly, it puts Iran in the position of actually procuring samples as opposed to having them taken by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency),” Stavridis said. “I haven’t read that side deal, but I want to and I sure hope the Congress reads it.”
The retired admiral also argued that the biggest issue with the deal is the estimated $150 billion cash infusion the Iranians will receive.
“The biggest problem here is the airdrop of $100-$150 billion into their economy, which is only $350 billion to begin with,” Stavridis said. “That’s like the U.S. getting a $4 trillion insertion of capital. That’s the teeth of the alligator you just heard about.”