One of the most important policy debates on our relationship with Iran has been around the so-called “Iran Nuclear Deal” or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. This disastrous Obama-Biden policy was wisely terminated by President Trump. However, on the campaign trial Joe Biden continues to claim the deal was beneficial for the United States. While our supine media class refuses to challenge Biden’s bogus claims and highlight his abject failures, we will.
Recently in The Hill, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R, S.C.) provided a clear critique of Biden’s embarrassingly weak position:
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was flawed in many ways. For starters, it failed to do anything about Iran’s terrorist activities, which is significant considering they are the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world and a leading cyber threat. By releasing nearly $100 billion to Iran and omitting their nefarious activities from the agreement, not only was the Obama/Biden administration rewarding bad behavior, but they gave Iran more money to finance its destabilizing foreign policy which includes arms transfers to terrorists and missile tests.
..,and most importantly:
Aside from the issues the JCPOA didn’t address, the agreement failed to achieve its stated objective of curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and instead helped provide Iran with what analysts have called a “patient pathway” to a nuclear weapon. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated that they could not verify if Iran was living up to its agreements.
The Obama-Biden “Iran Nuclear Deal” was foreign policy failure. It’s only success was in winning praise from our clueless media and pundit class, but Biden’s weakness on Iran goes back much farther. In 2007, Biden opposed legislation (Kyl-Lieberman Amendment) labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. As reported by the Washington Examiner:
It is the sense of the Senate… (3) that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and roll back the violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, its foreign facilitators such as Lebanese Hezbollah, and its indigenous Iraqi proxies; (4) to support the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments, in support of the policy described in paragraph (3) with respect to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies; (5) that the United States should designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization…
Biden voted against it – “Nay.”
Today, even as the Trump administration continues to put the safely of Americans first in dealing with Iran, Biden hasn’t changed. In 2020, even while acknowledging Soleimani’s crimes against U.S. troops, Joe Biden attacked President Trump for killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in one of his vapid Tweets.
And then, in a February 2020 debate, Biden said he would have not ordered the strike against Soleimani. Responding to ABC’s David Muir:
MUIR: “…I do want to take this to Vice President Biden next because we know that the Obama Administration was aware of the threat that Soleimani posed, so was the Bush Administration before it. I’m asking tonight as commander-in-chief though, would you have ordered the strike?”
BIDEN: “No. And the reason I wouldn’t have ordered the strike, there is no evidence yet of imminent threat that was going to come from him…”
Joe Biden is weak on Iran and that makes America less safe.