President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will not re-certify the 2015 nuclear deal that the Obama administration made with Iran. Congress will now have to decide whether to continue the deal or change it.
The Iran deal has been called one of former President Barack Obama’s landmark foreign policy achievements and is aimed at keeping Iran’s nuclear weapons program under control. But critics say it gives Iran way too much room to grow its nuclear arsenal without supervision.
Can we do anything to keep Iran from getting more nukes?
Trump is trying a different tack: more sanctions. Also on Friday, Trump announced new sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which he says is responsible for “death, destruction, and chaos all around the globe.”
Obama’s deal with Iran was really about pushing off the problem for another president and Congress to deal with. De-certifying the deal doesn’t do a lot – but new sanctions are a real step forward.
“Trump’s biggest announcement Friday on Iran didn’t have anything to do with the over-hyped nuke deal,” Glenn said. “It came with his call to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps on the terror sanction list.”
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GLENN: So the Iranian nuclear deal, let me just say it this way: The most overly hyped and talked about piece of overly hyped and talked about diplomacy, ever.
The Obama administration did everything in their power to convince us this deal was an absolute miracle, delivered to us by God. That it was a product of some diplomatic genius, as if Obama channeled the ghost of Winston Churchill through John Kerry to wow the Iranians at the negotiating table, forcing them to bend to our will, pay no attention to those giant crates of cash on the tarmac at the airport.
All that talk of this deal, and the diplomatic deal of the century was actually the equivalent of — Stu, correct me if I’m wrong, a 20-yard punt on first down.
STU: That was a very good sports analogy job there.
GLENN: Thank you, appreciate it.
Obama didn’t want to have to deal with Iran, so all he did was he punted the football to another president. That’s what the Iranian deal really is.
It’s an elaborate delay tactic that was overly hyped by an administration looking to build a legacy.
On the campaign trail, Trump kept the hype train rolling by making the Iranian deal one of the talking points. Worst deal of all time.
It’s a bad deal. Don’t get me wrong. But the president has little to say in actually doing anything about it.
That’s the Senate. On Friday, Trump did what little he could do and announced he’s going to decertificate the deal, when it comes up for review this week.
Now, what does that even mean?
Well, it means that Congress gets to decide whether to keep holding back sanctions or start them up again.
Congress doesn’t want to do that, even though constitutionally, it’s their job.
Now, this may mean that Iran pulls out of the deal. And all of that cash, all the stuff we gave to them, was wasted. We got nothing in return.
This masterstroke of diplomacy allows Iran, by the way, to restart their nuclear program legally in seven years.
So it’s a punt. They start it now. They start it another seven years. They’re going to start it.
Trump’s biggest announcement Friday on Iran didn’t have anything to do with the overhyped nuke deal. It came with his call to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terror sanctioned list.
Now, this move, above everything else, actually has the ability to curb Iran’s behavior.
The Iranian guard is spread out all over the Middle East. Iran is using it to bend and reshape the region in its image.
They command militias asserting control all over Syria, all over Iraq.
Last night, these Iranian militias along with the Iraqi government, used our hardware, as it always is. To invade the Kurd territory and seize one of their cities.
The joint Iranian and Iraqi war on the Kurds has officially begun. But you’re not going to hear about that today.
One of our allies is under attack. All of the debate is going to be on the most overly hyped and talked about deal in modern history.