This would be a perfect opportunity for the European Union generally and Britain, France, and Germany specifically, to prove that they are willing to stick by the United States in solidarity for the benefit of a safer world. Yes, the leaders of those countries were hoping to salvage the abominable nuclear agreement they signed onto under duress from the Obama administration, but every unbiased expert in the world can see that the deal isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. If these countries can simply stand up to the fat cats who are currently exploiting the deal for their own greedy purposes, we can – together – work towards an Iran deal that actually secures the Middle East for more than a few measly years.
Instead, they seem to be working desperately to make sure Iran doesn’t walk away from the agreement.
Iran is threatening to pull out of the agreement altogether unless the non-U.S. signatories can promise that they will keep all of the benefits they had before Trump yanked America out of the deal. At the same time, the Trump administration is warning our allies that economic sanctions will snap back into place, and those sanctions could extend to countries who do business with barred Iranian companies. If that means levying sanctions against Germany, then that’s what it means.
So these leaders are in a tough spot. Do they go with the Islamic terrorist state…or do they side with America? Choices, choices…
As for Trump, his administration is still optimistic that America’s allies will join us in pressuring Tehran to come back to the negotiating table for a better agreement.
“I am hopeful in the days and weeks ahead that we can come up with a deal that really works, that really protects the world from Iranian bad behavior,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I’ll be working closely with the Europeans to try and achieve that.”
Trump’s critics present him as a one-man wrecking crew who just wants to destroy anything that comes with the whiff of Obama stink. We’re sure there’s an element of that – Obama’s legacy is garbage, after all – but that’s not really what drives Trump. His whole M.O. is dealmaking, and he could look at the Iran agreement and see right off the bat that the U.S. could leverage its power and come up with something so much better. All the naysayers think he’s crazy, but he’s proven over and over again that he isn’t. We’re confident that (as soon as our allies recognize the right move here) he’ll be proven right on this one as well. Iran doesn’t want to go back under these heavy sanctions. They’ll come back to the table.
And this time, we’ll have a president willing to walk away. Which, when it comes to negotiating a good deal, makes all the difference.