TRUMP’S (LACK OF) IRAN POLICY

Trump has said he doesn’t like the Iranian deal.  He wants to renegotiate it.  Every deal the Trump has even made, the other party always lost.  In international affairs, the aim is for a “win / win” conclusion.  That is the opposite of what Trump knows and does.

First, the U.S. already reneged on the deal with Iran.  We did not allow them to reenter the Swift payment system which restricts the trading they can do.  So, they instead, Iran turned to Russia and China and India as trading partner.

Trump wants to stop the Boeing deal to sell planes (commercial planes) to Iran.  That would cause the loss of thousands of Boeing jobs and give Airbus a preeminent position in commercial airplane sales.

Trump say the Iran nuclear arms deal is no good.  So, what would he suggest?  Maybe bombing Iran?   Iran is 636,400 square miles.  Iran is the 18th largest nation in the world.  All their nuclear facilities are buried deep underground.  It would take a direct hit by an air force bunker buster to take out a facility.  That is if they knew where they all were, which they don’t.  Then there is the matter of the delivery by Russia of the new weapon, known as the SA-20 Gargoyle in NATO parlance—would effectively force the U.S. to rely on its small fleet of stealth aircraft to strike targets inside Iran in case the mullahs make a dash for the bomb. But even those aircraft might have a difficult time.  And those planes cannot carry the bunker busters.

What would happen is that Iran would increase state sponsored terrorism.  Iran backs Islamist groups, including the Lebanese Shiite militants of Hezbollah (which Iran helped found in the 1980s) and Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.  These groups, with Iran’s backing could destabilize the entire Middle East.

But these things do not concern Donald Trump.  He has to show the world the size of his big dick.  If thousands of young American soldiers have to die to satisfy his ego, so be it.

The Iran nuclear arms deal was one of the finest accomplishments of Barrack Obama’s presidency.  I am no Obama fan, but that deal is the only thing stopping Iran from having the bomb right now.

Finally, the U.S. has continued to block Iran’s access to international financial markets.  This macho stance is stopping the only certain way to end Iranian interference in other countries’ affairs and end their nuclear arms program.

How would that happen?  The moderate Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, was moving the country toward liberalism, democracy, capitalism.  All he needed was a few victories to cement his position, to keep moving Iran in a positive direction.  But the U.S., and now Trump, believes it is better to isolate Iran and put the hard-liners back in control of the country.  Now that is genius.  But surely someone would benefit by isolating Iran?  Of course: the military industrial complex: new systems of antiaircraft missiles, arming Iran’s enemies who happen to be ISIS, or building a new generation of planes or ships to contain the country.

The level of ignorance on the part of Trump is beyond description.

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