It’s bad enough that President Biden is continuing his dangerous effort to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal. Worse still is the risk that the White House will settle for a worse-than-necessary deal due to crude political calculation, strategic imperatives be damned.
Biden’s version is already worse in every way than the rotten deal President Barack Obama signed in 2015. That deal emboldened Iran, the top bad faith actor, to thwart serious inspection efforts of nuclear facilities from the beginning. and continued his campaign of global terror.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps funds and enables not only terrorism in the Middle East, but also attacks on US troops, such as the rockets that recently hit a base housing our soldiers in Syria.
Yes, Biden countered with missiles on IRGC assets in Syria on Wednesday. But that begs the question: where does the urge to make a deal come from? all with an openly hostile power on the conventional front?
Very well: A renewed deal could delay by a year or two the day when Iran becomes a nuclear power, something that no one but Tehran and its allies wants. But the delay is the majority it will, as the sun would set in 2025. And the likely massive separation of Iranian energy projects from Russia would open Putin’s pocket and bring Iran and Russia even closer.
It would also free up about $100 billion a year for Iran through sanctions relief, cash highly likely to finance terror, when Tehran now it persists in attacks even in this country, including the plot to kill former Trump officials John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. (Hell, Team Biden allegedly played down its response to these plots in order to keep the nuclear talks going.)
Now Tehran is testing how much more concessions Washington will make to hammer out a deal, and US allies worry the White House is giving away too much unnecessarily just to announce a deal before November elections.
After all, Team Biden is intent on providing as many distractions as possible from inflation, crime and America’s great southern border, the issues driving the Republicans’ likely victory on Election Day. elections An apparent “victory” in Iran might even erase some of the lingering stain of the president’s disastrous mistake in Afghanistan.
Similar calculations explain Biden’s outrageous handing over of student loans last week, a move that will soon fuel more inflation. i increase the federal deficit that the prez just bragged about cutting in the horribly misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.
In other words, this White House is obsessed with short-term political gain, never mind the far greater long-term cost to the nation. He wants all the distractions he can get, especially the ones his allies in the media will provide.
Enthusiasts of the Iran deal have always painted it as a towering act of steel and determination, necessary to avoid war, a Middle East nuclear arms race, and/or other geopolitical catastrophes. But no one will speak up if Biden gives away the store just for the sake of dirty retail politics.
Bottom line: If Biden gets a deal done before November, it will likely be a sell-out of U.S. interests just to boost his own party.