Iran

“An act of diplomatic vandalism”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We or at least I believe that Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal simply because the deal was negotiated by the Obama administration, but at least some foreign diplomats evidently believe the same thing.

Although U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch has now resigned, more memos from the ambassador's office have been leaked to the press and they show that some foreign diplomats have a refreshingly-shrewd assessment of Trump's motivations.

In the May 2018 cable published by the Mail on Sunday, U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch called Trump's decision to abandon the international accord "an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons" because the pact "was Obama's deal." [...]

He alleged the White House had no strategy for what would come after its withdrawal and "no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies."

President Obama's deal with Iran was such a good deal, Iran continued to comply with the terms of the deal even after Trump withdrew from it. But that doesn't matter to Trump. The details never mattered.

As far as Trump is concerned, President Obama never could have negotiated a good deal because President Obama is black.

The fact that President Obama is black is all Trump ever needed to know to decide that it was a bad deal. The same could be said for many of the Obama-era policies Trump has tried to overturn. Trump cannot explain any of these policies or even how he would repeal and replace them; he can only point toward who created them.

I feel like the world might actually be a better place if foreign governments shared these feelings publicly instead of honoring traditions of comity that Trump clearly doesn't give a single shit about.

I can only imagine what foreign diplomats are saying about Trump's downright cozy relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in comparison to his treatment of Iran; a nation that actually adhered to the terms of a nuclear peace deal even after Trump blew it up. If their assessments are anything like that of the British ambassador's, they must be very colorful.

  • waspuppet

    I forgot about that photo. Look at it — Trump is shitting bricks. If anyone still clings to the notion that Trump wanted to win, show them that photo.

    NB There’s a difference between wanting to win and thinking he could do the job because he thinks he can do literally anything, especially if a black guy could do it.

  • Christopher Foxx

    I feel like the world might actually be a better place if foreign governments shared these feelings publicly instead of honoring traditions of comity that Trump clearly doesn’t give a single shit about.

    “All that is required for evil to triumph…”

  • muselet

    When the Mail on Sunday published the first batch of memos, BBC News quoted an anonymous diplomat as saying that Sir Kim Darroch had written nothing any of his European colleagues hadn’t written in their own memos.

    Racism plays some part in Donald Trump’s obsession with erasing Barack Obama from history—aided and abetted by the entire GOP—but I think it’s mostly because Obama served as president with a D after his name. Trump also has an exaggerated sense of his own abilities, so the notion of reaching out to others would never occur to him.

    The GOP is a band of Visigoths, and Donald Trump is their leader.

    –alopecia