“An important step toward a needed policy reset with one of America’s most malicious enemies.”
From Washington Examiner:
President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the disastrous Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by former President Barack Obama and reimpose sanctions was an important step toward a needed policy reset with one of America’s most malicious enemies.
In taking this action, Trump recognized that the 2015 nuclear deal imposed without the approval of Congress had a fatal flaw. In exchange for Iran making temporary concessions on its nuclear program, the U.S. and the world’s great powers agreed to provide tens of billions of dollars of economic relief and to turn a blind eye to the regime’s other malignant activities.
The existence of the nuclear deal has not moderated Iran, only made it a more aggressive destabilizing force in the Middle East. Since the deal was struck, it has built up its military, imprisoned Americans, tested ballistic missiles, continued to finance terrorism, and increased its interference in Syria. In Yemen, Iran violated an arms embargo and is believed to have allowed Houthi rebels to obtain missiles, one of which was fired into Saudi Arabia.
Ever since a desperate Obama started negotiating the deal, Washington has been held hostage by fear that Iran could withdraw, thus limiting the options of policymakers. So a deal that was supposed to constrain Iran instead hobbled America.
We’re still learning all of the ways that Obama myopically subverted our national interests in first seeking and then propping up his deal. Last year, a detailed report found that “in its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States.”
Despite all of these concessions, the deal would only limit Iranian nuclear activities for a little over a decade. Even if Iran were to follow every letter of the deal, it could use the next decade to build its conventional military and develop ballistic missiles and then ramp back up its nuclear program, giving it both nuclear material and the means to deliver it. The bombshell Israeli intelligence find announced last week demonstrated that Iran not only lied to the international community about its past nuclear weapons development, but also kept all its research, presumably, for use at a later date. The deal relies on self-inspection of Iranian military sites such as Parchin, despite evidence of past nuclear activity.
In his speech, one of the best made about and to Iran by an American president, Trump put the world on notice that the U.S. would no longer be hamstrung by a bad deal. “America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail,” Trump declared.