Iran

Trump Stands Alone On Iran

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime called an emergency meeting of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week hoping to use the opportunity to increase international pressure on Iran, but all the meeting really accomplished was cementing the fact Trump stands alone on this issue.

Of all the nations in attendance from China and Russia to members of the European Union, exactly none of them offered words of support for Trump's position and more than a few reminded the world that Trump withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration.

From Bloomberg:

“The EU deeply regrets the U.S. withdrawal and calls on all countries to refrain from taking any actions that impede the implementation of the JCPOA commitments,” it said. [...]

“Since last week U.S. behaves as if it were a strong supporter of the deal demanding that Iran must strictly comply with it,” tweeted Russia’s IAEA Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov on Sunday. “There is a way out of this paradox: stop ruining the deal through sanctions.” [...]

China’s IAEA envoy, Wang Qun, accused the U.S. of using “unilateral coercive measures” at a meeting in the Austrian capital earlier this month. By reimposing sanctions, Washington itself could stand accused of violating the United Nations charter and international law, he said.

It's not as if I want to side with Russian officials, but what else can we say about this particular issue? The rest of the world is right and we're wrong.

The U.S. ambassador to the IAEA said Iran’s "current nuclear posture" is "clearly aimed at escalating tensions" rather than reducing them, but that's rich coming from the regime that withdraw from the nuclear deal and dispatched an additional aircraft carrier and thousands of troops to the region in response to exaggerated and fabricated threats.

Trump's top national security adviser John Bolton wants a war with Iran so bad he can taste it and it's possible the only reason Trump hasn't already started one is because he watches too much Fox News.

If Trump does start a war at some point, no one is going to help us. Israel will, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be the only person in the world who wants a war more than John Bolton.

It's understandable if anyone finds Trump's handling of Iran and North Korea confusing since Iran has complied with international demands and North Korea has never complied with anything.

  • Draxiar

    In other words, “Trump needs to stop being a throat punching asshole trying to pick a bar fight”.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump knows nothing about Iran, the JCPOA or uranium enrichment. There’s no shame in that, but instead of listening to experts to fill in the gaps in his knowledge, he prefers to listen to bloodthirsty madmen like John Bolton and the more unhinged Iran-haters warming chairs at second-tier Righty think tanks.

    That the rest of the IAEA members are cool at best to the Trump administration’s hysterical bleatings about Iran would be mildly amusing if Trump didn’t command the US’s nuclear weapons.

    Not entirely off-topic, but I wonder if anyone has sat Trump down and explained that Iran is one of the reasons the Iraqi government hasn’t collapsed multiple times in the past decade. (Actually, no, I don’t wonder that because nobody in the administration would chance getting fired for contradicting the boss.)

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    It’s understandable if anyone finds Trump’s handling of Iran and North Korea confusing

    Once they realize that Kim flatters trump and Iran doesn’t, they won’t be confused. That is all that matters to trump, not rightness or wrongness, US well being, international alliances and agreements or any other matter that you would think would concern a head of state.

    Do you flatter trump, appeal to his vanity, write little billet-doux to him that he can show off to reporters like a teeny bopper showing off her autographed picture of the Monkees? You do? You’re golden. You can do or say anything you want about anyone other than trump as long as you con the moron into thinking that you think he is the handsomest, biggest, strongest, studliest man that ever walked the planet.

    • muselet

      True. Ick, but true.

      –alopecia