Blame Trump, Not Iran
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Earlier today, it was reported that Iran will resume uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear site beginning tomorrow. According to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Iran will begin to inject uranium gas into over one thousand centrifuges, which will begin the uranium enrichment program necessary to create nuclear weapons.
I expect Iran’s move to resume uranium enrichment will be used as a reason why the US military has to stay in the Middle East. After all, the US military is in need of a reason now that the leaders of ISIS have been killed and the Kurds have allied with Syria. The military needs a new monster to slay, and I believe that monster is going to be Iran.
The fixation with Iran is nothing new, though. The US military has always been focused on Iran. Ever since Iranians got rid of their US-appointed leader in 1979 – who was installed to replace a leader democratically elected by the Iranian people – the US has been itching to reassert itself in Iran.
What makes this situation infuriating is that the US was in a perfect position to prevent such a thing from happening. President Obama, despite his many faults, was right to negotiate and enter into the JCPOA (better known as the Iranian Nuclear Deal). The JCPOA was the best way out of rising tensions between the US and Iran. Under the JCPOA, Iran would be under strict surveillance and had to comply with a number of requirements that made the production of nuclear weapons impossible. Of course, I’d rather the government not get involved in Iranian affairs at all, but if involvement had to happen, this was the way to do it.
The JCPOA was a perfect opportunity to begin a renewed relationship with Iran, and it was going great. Iran was compliant, the US – among other involved countries – was satisfied with Iran, and war with Iran seemed impossible. Unfortunately, President Trump couldn’t let the one bright spot of Obama’s presidency go on.
In May of last year, President Trump pulled the US out of the JCPOA. As Scott Horton’s Law dictates, “Politicians can be counted on to keep all their bad promises, and abandon all their good ones.” This was perhaps Trump’s worst promise, and he kept it.
So, we now have troops in the Middle East with nothing to do and – thanks to Trump’s bad decisions – Iran is resuming uranium enrichment, opening the door for an Iran with nuclear weapons.
Iran may be the country choosing to pursue nuclear weapons, but Trump enabled this. If Iran goes nuclear, don’t blame the Iranians. Blame Trump for letting it happen.