In 2015, after President Obama and other world leaders struck a nuclear deal with Iran, Republicans screamed that Iran got by far the better of the deal, while Democrats supported their leader. Who was right?
Well, we no longer have to ask that question (if any of us were in the first place). With Donald Trump moving into the White House in January 2017, Iran is scared to death that he will figure out a way to nix the deal.
That in and of itself should tell us everything we need to know about this alleged “deal.”
The leaders of Iran know it was a ridiculously good deal for them, and so now they want to do everything in their power to keep it intact. Can’t say as I blame them. But I can blame Obama and his supporters for once again failing miserably in foreign affairs.
Most former U.S. presidents, regardless of their party affiliation, stood up to our enemies when the situation called for it. They knew the U.S. was more powerful than other countries, and they also knew that backing down would set a bad precedent that would embolden our enemies and make our allies question our resolve.
Can you image John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan kowtowing to an enemy such as Iran and giving it a favorable deal regarding something as significant as developing nuclear weapons? Me neither.
As of this writing, the jury is still out regarding how effective Trump will be at changing this dangerously lopsided deal. But I’d be every surprised if he doesn’t give it his best shot during the first year of his presidency.