Iran

Report: Trump Looking for Excuses to Dump the Iran Nuclear Deal

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime recently certified that the Iran nuclear deal is working, but that doesn't mean Trump has given up his efforts to find an excuse to assert otherwise.

According to the New York Times, Trump has instructed members of his staff to find him a reason to abandon the deal.

American officials have already told allies they should be prepared to join in reopening negotiations with Iran or expect that the United States may abandon the agreement, as it did the Paris climate accord. And according to several foreign officials, the United States has begun raising with international inspectors in Vienna the possibility of demanding access to military sites in Iran where there is reasonable suspicion of nuclear research or development.

If the Iranians balk, as seems likely, their refusal could enable Washington to declare Tehran in violation of the two-year-old deal. [...]

Mr. Trump’s instructions followed a sharp series of exchanges last week with Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, after Mr. Trump initially balked at certifying, for a second time since he took office, that Iran is in compliance with the agreement. He later reluctantly approved the certification.

If they go through with this, America will stand alone. Again.

No one is going to come to the table to renegotiate a deal that is working and has been working for two years already. Iran would have no reason to and neither would our allies in Europe. Trump has no credibility and no leverage. He's a global laughing stock.

It's a minor miracle that the Iran nuclear deal was ever agreed to in the first place and the only reason it happened is because President Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry commanded the respect and credibility necessary to accomplish it.

Can anyone even imagine members of Trump's team sitting down for a thoughtful, coherent and productive negotiation? They can't make it through a single week without stepping on their own dicks.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump and the people around him—I hesitate to call them advisers—has been looking for ways of pushing Iran to give up on the nuclear treaty for a year or more.

    With luck, the Iranians are smart enough not to rise to the bait and will negotiate access for IAEA inspectors. They and the Europeans are going to have to be the grown-ups, because the US won’t be, not for quite a while.

    The Sixteen Words—”The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”—are currently running through my head like the world’s worst earworm.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I have to imagine that this is entirely about the Trump’s ego. The more President Dumbass mucks everything up the more he craves a “win” and unfortunately for the world there is no bigger win in his mind than stepping on the legacy of Barack Obama.

    The only solace I can see in all of this idiocy and madness is that Vladimir Putin bit off far more than he could chew when he and his government helped install this fool into the White House.
    Putin’s Bet On A Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/30/us/politics/putins-bet-on-a-trump-presidency-backfires-spectacularly.html

    You know things are bad when schadenfreude qualifies as solace.

    I have to wonder what Netanyahu is thinking right now as well. He didn’t want the Iran deal but does he wish to lose it even after his own government has said it’s working?

    Trump is risking an Iran that is once again free and clear to pursue nuclear power and likely weapons in service to his pitiful ego. The man is a monument to incompetence.

  • Wildson

    Don’t you mean “sucking off their own d$#*@”…

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Make no mistake about it. Trump has now set his sights on a war. North Korea and Iran are the likely targets of his simpleminded approach to foreign policy. We should all be very afraid of this.

    • Scopedog

      And here I was still listening to those who ran to Jill Stein still claiming that Hillary would have started WW III or something…

  • Badgerite

    Allies? What allies. He just got done at the G20 insulting and offending every European ally we have. POS. If we take on Iran by abandoning a functioning agreement that we led the international community in negotiating, the US will be on it’s own and acting against the clearly expressed wishes of the international community and all of our allies. Even Israel at this point. Could the GOP please reign in their fruitcake clown dictator, please. We kind of want the world to survive his time.

  • ninjaf

    This can only get worse.