President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday that the U.S. is leaving the Iran deal marks the end of what his predecessor, Barack Obama, considered his main foreign policy legacy. Earlier Tuesday, both Obama and John Kerry were furious with Trump after he nixed their Iran deal. Trump is ‘dragging the world back to the brink,’ Kerry said in a statement.
Late Tuesday evening, Hillary sent out a series of tweets lecturing Trump on his ‘mistake’ to exit the disastrous Iran nuke deal.
Part one: Pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is a big mistake. It makes America less safe and less trusted. Iran is now more dangerous. What’s plan B? Anyone who thinks bombing is the answer is woefully misinformed.
Part two: As Secretary of State, I helped negotiate the crippling international sanctions that brought Iran to the table. It would be much harder a second time, now that our credibility is shot.
Part three linked to Obama’s statement: It will also be harder to deal with other threats like ballistic missiles and terrorism. Now we have no leverage and Iran is free to do what it wants.
I would like to remind Hillary that this is what happens when you make a deal without the approval of Congress and we get nothing in return. All her dealings with Iran benefitted her crooked foundation. Everyone thought Reagan would start WW111 and would have his finger on the nuclear button. He ended up bringing down the Soviet Union and Berlin Wall without firing a shot. Trump is doing the same in North Korea and will do so again with Iran with putting the sanctions back in place and trust but verify and peace through strength.
Trump will earn credit from his supporters for keeping his promise. But in truth, the Iran deal was undone by its own terms. It did not stop Iran from enriching uranium; it did not stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon, eventually; and it did not stop Iran’s global aggression. In fact, the Iran deal was not even a deal at all.
It was never signed by any of the parties (the U.S., Iran, France, the UK, Germany, China, and Russia). It was unclear about crucial subjects like ballistic missiles because the “deal” was described differently by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and by the UN Security Council Resolutions that were meant to implement it. And, crucially, it was never sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification.
Obama hated the U.S. and shredded our constitution. His disregard for the Treaty Clause of the U.S. Constitution was of a piece with his general disregard for the constitutional constraints on the power of the federal government and the presidency. He and Hillary had a 16-year plan to end the U.S as we know it and establish a new world order. He fulfilled his part which was to bring the U.S. down in the global community. He said it was not right that we were No.1 in the world and should be equal to everyone else. That’s what he meant when he said he was going to transform America. Hillary was going to finish us off with further incremental cuts like reducing our military from overseas and desiring only one sided news with no opposition.
More than Obama’s autocratic style, what Trump ended is Obama’s legacy of appeasement. Obama came to power convinced that the United States was at best a negative force in world affairs, and at worst the cause of the world’s problems. He believed that America could be a force for good, but only if it renounced its traditional allies, abandoned its principles of freedom, and gave up its national interests in favor of rising regional powers elsewhere. Under Obama, our friends became enemies such as Isreal and enemies became friends such as Iran. He bowed before Saudi kings and cozied up to dictators. He criticized Israel openly while cozying up to the Cuban dictatorship.
Appeasement never works. It is peace through strength that accomplishes things such as Reagan did with the Soviet Union that caused the Soviet Union to fall and Berlin wall to come down. Trump is doing the same with North Korea and now Iran. Our recent appeasement goes back to the Clinton days when he gave millions of dollars to the Mullahs in Iran and To Kim’s father in North Korea under the pretext that it would be used for good to help their economy when nothing could be further from the truth. Obama did it even worse with giving150 billion dollars to Iran and an additional 1.8 billion to release the hostages. This was all in cash on palettes aboard two airplanes in the dead of night. Obama said they could still spin their centrifuges. In both cases, the money went to building up their military programs and the people still starved.
Trump has reversed most of that. He launched attacks on Syria for using chemical weapons — policing the “red line” Obama drew but would not enforce. He withdrew from the Paris Climate Accords and exposed it as a fraud. He got Kim Jung Un to capitulate and will meet with him to see that Kim denuclearizes. Later this week, he will move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
“The United States no longer issues empty threats. “When I make promises, I keep them,” he said. Thus ended Obama’s experiment with appeasement and autocracy.
Trump is keeping all his promises to the American people even if he has to go against his own inner circle to do it. So far he has accomplished in one year what the past three presidents couldn’t accomplish in eight years. Millions of people got bonuses on their jobs, people saw increases in their paychecks more people are working than under the last three presidents, unemployment is the lowest it’s been in 20 years at 3.1%, taxes are lowered, companies are coming back from overseas to build and manufacture here and the economy is booming. Trump is truly making America great again.