May 08, 2018
"The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into." That was President Trump's frank assessment of what may have been Barack Obama's biggest foreign policy mistake. Today, the White House did something about it -- finally pulling the United States out of the deal that's been a disaster for U.S. and global security.
Starting today, America will be on a 90-day track to re-impose sanctions on a regime that continues to fund terrorist activities and secretly pursue a nuclear program. It also goes a long way to dismantling another one of the Left's proudest accomplishments: cozying up to a nation that has neither the interest nor the intention of operating on the world's terms.
Unfortunately, some of the damage has already been done. Obama's failure gave the Iranians a windfall of cash and access to the international financial system for trade and investment. Until President Hassan Rouhani agrees to several conditions -- including ending its public quest to destroy Israel and its alliance with terrorists -- this White House isn't giving Iran an inch.
In a press conference announcing the administration's decision, President Trump wanted the world to know: "The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises I keep them. Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States."
FRC's Lt. General Jerry Boykin wasn't surprised that President Trump was withdrawing from the deal, since he campaigned on it. And if there's one thing this president does, it's keep his word. "It's disgraceful that the U.S. lead the effort to get the Iran deal in the first place," he said, "and now it's just as significant that the U.S. is leading the movement to abandon what this very bad agreement." It also sets an important tone heading into talks with North Korea. President Trump couldn't meet with Kim Jung Un and expect any sort of real progress if America was still a part of this deal. "It would be contradictory and counterproductive to do so," General Boykin insists.
We're grateful for the administration's courage in righting the wrongs of the last administration. It's a relief to have bold leaders who are willing to stand up for America's best interest -- even if it means standing alone.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.