Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Why people hate Trump: Iran edition

President Trump has kept yet another campaign promise, and cancelled the nuclear deal with Iran.  Good!  "We" at Unforeseen Contingencies fully approve.  The "deal" allowed Iran to preserve its nuclear program, advance its ballistic missile program, increase its oil and gas sales, and advance its expansionist agenda.  Obama avoided making this dreadful "deal" a treaty (because it was dreadful and unlikely to pass) and so Mr. Trump can unilaterally cancel it. 

The next step should be to shut Iran out of the SWIFT system.  Following that, give Iran an ultimatum: end all ballistic missile and nuclear development programs, and end their wars and proxy wars in Morocco, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.  Close the weapons plants in Syria.  Stop financing Hezbollah and Hamas.  And end any additional Iranian imperialism and support for terrorist groups.  Give them a reasonable amount of time, but make it the minimum.  In the case of any non-compliance, obliterate the oil and gas terminals at Kharg, and remind them that Tehran will be next.

Of course, it goes without saying that elitist "experts," kumbayah progressives, radical leftists, and post- modern libertarians ("libertarians" who virtue-signal by allying themselves with the left) are upset.  Donald Trump has done the unthinkable -- he's actually kept another campaign promise, and on top of that he's resisting a bad player as if we are the good guys!  So of course they hate him.

There's no reason at all to tolerate a regime such as the Iranian one.  It's totalitarian, expansionist, violent, and weak.  Now is the time to kick them while they are down.  Great work, Mr. President!

I disagree about the weakness of Iranian regime. I wish it to be but I think that, despite the recent protests, it still has a firm grip on the nation. It also has military successes abroad (in Syria).
You might be right, Maya, but here's a threefold answer why I think they are weak. First, the regime seems to be very unpopular with a fairly large segment of Iranian society. They may have a firm grip at present, but presence of substantial unpopularity and even hostility make for instability. Second, apparently Iran continues to suffer economically. Poverty is weakness. Third, their interventionism abroad doesn't strike me as very successful. They are losing in Yemen, they've outraged Arabs with their intervention in Morocco, in Syria they've provoked strong Israeli military reactions to which they seem unable to respond and helped forge an Arab-Israeli alliance. IMO they are in a difficult situation, as befits an aggressive regime governed by medieval theology.

Thanks for your comment, Maya.
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