Obama negotiated an excellent seven-nation (U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and, of course, Iran) multi-lateral treaty that had succeeded in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It included unprecedented tools of verification and enforcement.
Trump’s own top intelligence and security advisors — his own appointees, all of whom had opposed the Obama success at the time it was achieved — had confirmed that it was working, Iran was in compliance and, despite their previous opposition, recommended against the disruption of ending it.
Trump, in his typical bull-in-the-china-shop tantrum style of “governing” by chaos, broke off the agreement, alienated our allies, created unnecessary tension with our adversaries and has now brought us to the point where we are teetering on the brink of war.
Iran was a problem.
Obama fixed it. Trump broke it.
Now Trump says he wants a new agreement. In the case of NAFTA, Trump killed it, wrote a half-@$$ imitation, slapped his brand name on it, and claimed credit for an achievement. Now he wants to re-write the deal with Iran (and the other nations). If he could get a deal a fraction as good as what Obama achieved, he would be bragging to high heaven. (Well, of course, we know he will be bragging no matter what happens.)
But unlike our friendly neighbors of Canada and Mexico, the seven-nation agreement of allies and adversaries is more complicated. Iran and China no longer trust the U.S., thanks to the lying fraud in the White House.
The Iranian hard-liners (like the American hard-line extremists) opposed the original deal and now can say to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini, “We told you so.”
April 12, 2017