I’ve been making the very same argument…
US administrations and leaders over the past century and a half have engaged with less than savory regimes. That in itself is not problematic as long as it’s done in the pursuit strategic US foreign policy goals. Fantasy rapprochement is fool’s path not worth trodding, which can be seen in President Trump’s reversal of former President Obama’s opening of an embassy in Havana. No one in the Trump Administration is being fooled by the Saudi or Iranian regimes, far from it. There is a new realism back in force in the White House, it’s dealing with regimes according to US interests alone, not upon a utopian vision of the world.
Those who would trust in the Iranian regime who have shown themselves to be entirely untrustworthy, becoming more bellicose with each compromise the Europeans hand them, are nothing but buffoons. This President understands the Saudis and is using them to secure US strategic goals, that’s it in a nutshell. Iran must be contained anyway possible, this is the only way to do it.
WHY IS MURDER BY IRAN, BUT NOT SAUDI ARABIA, OKAY?
This includes suave-speaking Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who in May was captured on video mouthing “Death to Israel” and, for good measure, “Death to America” following a speech by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In response, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced Rouhani’s “slander,” reiterated that Jerusalem will defend itself against Iranian aggression, and stressed that such rhetoric proves “why the nations of the world need to join in the sanctions against the Iranian terrorist regime which threatens them.” Instead, most of the nations of the world—led by the European Union—are busy devising mechanisms to circumvent renewed American financial penalties on the Islamic Republic.
This, despite the fact that Israel earlier this year outed Tehran for lying about its previous nuclear activities, and notwithstanding that the Iranians were busted for attempting this summer to perpetrate attacks targeting dissident groups in both France and Denmark.
Then there is Iran’s fueling of conflict across the Middle East through its ongoing support for the Assad regime in Syria; Hizbullah in Lebanon; Popular Mobilization Units in Iraq; the Houthis in Yemen; and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Nevertheless, the Obama administration had no qualms about courting the mullahs, using the 2015 atomic accord and its $100-billion bail-out as an instrument to upend decades of U.S. foreign policy by shunning traditional Sunni allies in favor of Shiite Tehran. This was hailed, mind you, by the American media as the exploit of a visionary who was ushering in peace in our time.