Friday, July 08, 2016

How Lucky are We?

Our president is trying to surrender our national interests in a futile attempt to reform the mullah-run Iranian government. Are our enemies in Tehran so corrupt that the surrender effort is actually counter-productive?

All those pundits who warned us that the billions from the No Deal Deal would stabilize the regime will have to rethink, it seems. Most of the money goes into the accounts of the corrupt leaders. Some of it goes for Russian weapons. But the people hate this hollow regime more than ever, and they have every good reason for that. It’s a failed regime whose stability is in considerable doubt. Even the Obama administration may not be able to save it.

I certainly thought the money would help stabilize that hideous and dangerous regime. It would be nice if I was totally wrong on this worry.

But that might very well be too convenient to be true, eh?

UPDATE: Let's hope we are lucky. Because our policy isn't helping one bit:

Earlier in 2016 senior Iranian officials rejected American demands that they slow down development and construction of long-range ballistic missiles. Since the 2015 sanctions deal was signed Iran has conducted at least eight test launches of its long-range ballistic missiles. In the two years before that Iran had not tested any of its large ballistic missiles (the ones capable of carrying a nuclear warhead). A senior Iranian military commander boasted that with current capabilities Iranian ballistic missiles could destroy Israel in eight minutes. Israel feels betrayed because in mid-April the United States clarified its interpretation of the 2015 treaty that lifts sanctions on Iran by confirming that Iran only has to shut down its nuclear development program. There are no such restrictions on the ballistic missile program or the Iranian support for Islamic terrorism. This includes aggressive actions against Israel and Sunni Arabs. Many American allies, especially Israel and the Gulf Arab states, were disappointed with this U.S. “clarification” and demanded that Iran be pressured to halt its ballistic missile program.

Iran didn't agree to limit their missiles and they are obviously unwilling to comply with the "spirit" that the Obama administration thought was soaked throughout the deal.

Isn't smart diplomacy grand?