Biden’s Dangerously Bizarre Obsession With Appeasing Iran

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OPINION – President Trump’s non-stop ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran, along with some help from Israel and perhaps others, has destabilized the cleric’s terrorist regime. The regime is now weaker than ever.

So why would presumptive President-elect Joe Biden still want to return to the failed policies of Obama-Biden Iran appeasement?

Is it to burnish Barack Obama’s fading legacy, or simply reverse anything done by Trump?

After the spectacular and brazen daylight raid last week outside Tehran, which I described here, that took out the head of Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program, Biden said it is “hard to tell” how much more difficult it will be now to get Iran to back the failed 2015 Obama-Biden nuclear deal.

But, as the New York Post notes, he remains determined to try. This is beyond foolish it is extremely dangerous.

Israel has warned Biden that returning to the deal could provoke a war with Iran. Saudi Arabia has told him they must be consulted prior to any return to that old deal.

And for good reason that deal was an abject failure that only delayed Iran’s nuclear weapons program while gifting Iran hundreds of millions of dollars in planeloads of cash from formerly frozen Iranian assets, and billions of dollars in sanctions relief to pursue terrorism and missile development.

Since coming to office, Trump has been relentless in squeezing Iran and it is working. In 2017, Trump attended an Arab-Muslim summit of 54 countries in Saudi Arabia to create a unified front against Iran.

This initial effort has grown into an unprecedented Arab-Israeli peace process that has transformed the Middle East and finally boxed-in Iran.

In 2018, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the dangerously misguided Iran nuclear deal and reimposed even tougher sanctions than those Obama-Biden lifted in 2015. This began the maximum pressure campaign which has crippled the Iranian economy and hindered its ability to finance terrorism and its illicit missile program.

In January 2020, President Trump raised the stakes even further when he took out the regime’s terror master and Quds Force commander, Qasem Soleimani, in a surgical drone strike in Iraq.

This strike, which Biden condemned, shocked the regime and scrambled its calculus about the U.S. willingness to respond beyond prior self-imposed restraints. But the onslaught against Iran did not end there.

There have also been more U.S. sanctions, numerous ambushes, and attacks on senior high-value targets inside Iran by unknown forces, and sabotage on a major scale. Unrest and protest have grown steadily inside Iran, with the regime increasingly on the defensive.

The Mullah’s horrific killing of over 1,500 innocent protesters in November 2019 underscored how unpopular the regime has become.

As I noted earlier, some Iranian officials are also claiming that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) the clerical regime’s stormtroopers and secret police have been infiltrated.

According to the New York Post, Ray Takeyh, an Iranian-American Middle East scholar, notes that the ayatollah’s grip on the country may be slipping, writing that “the Islamic republic today suffers from persistent intelligence failure, an ominous sign for a regime that rules through fear.”

The Iranian terror regime is clearly up against the ropes. It is in a weakened and degraded state. Now is not the time to go backward, but instead to press onwards.

Biden needs to drop his bizarre and dangerous obsession with appeasing Iran by returning to the failed 2015 Obama-Biden Iran nuclear deal. This isn’t about Obama’s legacy or about Trump. It is about what is best for American national security.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Jim Pierce
Jim Pierce
7 months ago

So why would presumptive President-elect Joe Biden still want to return to the failed policies of Obama-Biden Iran appeasement? In my opinion the answer is actually two fold. ONE to bring down Trump. TWO to line his pockets with cash. How much would his cut be out of each pallet of cash sent to Iran?

tracker1
tracker1
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim Pierce

“In chaos there is opportunity”
Dems made millions promoting chaos in Ukraine. Biden wants to continue that by cozying up to Iran

James
James
7 months ago
Reply to  Jim Pierce

You forgot to add: Because his handlers; BO, and Kamaleon, told him to do it!

Valdez
7 months ago

Next war is created by Biden against Iran. This what he wants to satify the arms dealers. That is the democrat way.

Wilber Williams
Wilber Williams
7 months ago

treason comes to mind with his picks.

Alan
Alan
7 months ago

Iran should be strongly checked.

Steve Barrette
7 months ago

No Biden 2020…. trump. Co mie China will own usa

Roy
Roy
7 months ago

Against all odds president Trump made America Great again by eliminating all the disaster the Democrats and Obama foisted upon us. America had become a laughing stock under their rule (not leadership). Kamala, Joe, Democrats, MSM and Tech Companies don’t give a damned about our country. They are powerful and wealthy enough to sell us out and not be affected by their decisions. I figure in one year we either accept Socialism or experience a second civil war. The decision of the Supreme Court, regarding this sham of an election, will determine what we must do or what we will not do.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
7 months ago

Biden’s believes that appeasement is the only way forward with Iran, in spite of the over 40 years of evidence that shows appeasement as failed. Seriously 80,000,000 people voted for this Shipdit? Biden never a mental giant to begin with, but his obvious cognitive decline is phucking phrightening. Buckle up Patriots, as we watch Version 2.0 of the Obutthead Romper Room unfold in DC.

James R Roberts
4 months ago

This is what happens to a President who is compromised the day he steps into office. Whether its his oligarchy bosses at home or his benefactors, like the CCP and Ukraine abroad, his decisions are not his own. His foreign policy is not for America, its for the greed of the Globalists and the CCP and at the expense of the American people.


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