The nuclear deal reached in January between the United States and Iran has been a public relations disaster among Middle Eastern allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. It has left many NATO allies scratching their cumulative heads on how to precede with economic sanctions the U.S. cajoled them into years ago. The agreement has become a cornerstone of debate this week as the presidential candidates battle it out in New York State this election 2016.
The landmark nuclear deal has also rattled many in Congress who were not allowed an up or down vote on the agreement. In fact, the Obama administration fully realized that such a vote would overwhelmingly be to kill any deal.
Fueled by Obama’s intense search for issues that will further his legacy, his White House is encouraging other countries to conduct business with the Islamic Republic. Ironically, the American businesses are still mostly forbidden to engage Iran. In the good cop, bad cop approach of Obama foreign policy, the U.S. continues to condemn Iran’s efforts in non-nuclear areas such as terrorism and open belligerence of Israel.
Stipulated in the agreement was Iran’s cooperation to curtail nuclear ambitions in exchange for billions of dollars in assets frozen in the U.S. It was the overgenerous ambition of an administration that would literally stop at nothing to announce “peace with Iran.” But trouble looms in the immediate future.
The Ayatollahs do not think U.S. economic penalties for other bad behavior is still viable and have threatened to walk away from what Obama feels is his “foreign policy triumph.” To complicate an already chaotic post-agreement period, Asian and European governments are dubious to actually engage in business activity with the secretive Iranian regime.
Until the onset of the Obama years, the industrial world looked to the U.S. for leadership. But there has been a noticeable decline in many free nations trust for our government to make a stance and stick to it. They demand the U.S. to explain what its laws and financial regulations are before even thinking of deeper relations with a nation that time after time has violated virtually every agreement it has signed in the last 40-years.
Not helping this leaderless, confusing “policy” of the Obama administration is the fact that the agreement will be torn up if a Republican wins the White House this November. The situation has joined a variety of other topics that have been glossed over or flat-out ignored by Obama and his entourage.