Apparently Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is jealous of all the attention North Korea is getting from President Donald Trump. The Trump administration came into power in January with their sights set on Iran and the monstrously incompetent “deal” they signed with Obama, but other priorities have since taken precedence. Having had the opportunity twice to signify very strongly that Iran was not in compliance with the terms of the agreement (which they are not), the president has twice chosen to certify the deal instead…albeit reluctantly.
But now this pacification is stirring up the demons of Tehran. In comments made this week, Rouhani warned that new sanctions from the U.S. would be met with swift counter-action, including a complete withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement.
“If America wants to go back to the experience (of imposing sanctions), Iran would certainly return in a short time — not a week or a month but within hours — to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,” Rouhani said in an address to the Iranian parliament.
Hopefully, the men who engineered the Iranian nuclear deal will take a long, hard look at Rouhani’s statement and recognize the total folly of their so-called diplomacy. Is this how it’s going to be now? Iran, holding our foreign policy hostage in a way they could never do before the deal was signed. At every slight, threatening us with the closure of the deal and an instant return to the progress they were making on a nuclear weapons program? How is it, Mr. Obama, that Iran has the capability of returning within a matter of hours to the status they enjoyed before the deal was in place? Because if that’s true – if that’s even CLOSE to true – then this deal was not worth the paper it was printed on. Surely, it was not worth handing Iran billions of dollars in “owed money.”
The fact is, the Iranian nuclear agreement as only emboldened the hard-line elements of the government. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is more powerful, enriched, and active than they were when the deal was signed, having taken wide swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. And the regime has amped up its attention to developing ballistic missile technology that can, eventually, be married to the nuclear weapons program that has been put on hold…for now. And all of this is happening while we continue, time and again, to whistle in the wind and pretend that Iran is living up to the terms of the deal.
The new sanctions from Congress are a step in the right direction. De-certifying the Iranian nuclear deal may be the necessary next step. The damage, insofar as billions of dollars are concerned, has been done. But that doesn’t mean the Trump administration has to stand idly by and watch this rogue regime grow more dangerous and hostile with every passing week.