The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different outcome. Immediately after his inauguration Joe Biden indicated he wanted to re-enter the Obama/Biden Iranian nuclear deal known as the JCPOA. The agreement was never submitted to the U.S. Senate for approval because it was deeply flawed and would never have received the necessary votes for approval. Then President Obama did not wish to face an embarrassing defeat so it was left as a simple verbal agreement. Iran never intended to comply with the limitations set by the agreement and it was widely believed they “hid” centrifuges from inspectors. Military sites were off limits to inspectors and all “inspections” had to be scheduled days in advance allowing sufficient to remove any evidence of mischievous activities. Before his election Donald Trump expressed distain for the deal. In an attempt to protect their legacy, members of the original negotiating team began illegally negotiating with the Iranians in an effort to undermine the new president’s efforts to pressure the terrorist-sponsoring regime. As early as February 2018 John Kerry, Wendy Sherman & Ernest Moniz met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Munich, Germany. Kerry met once again with Zarif in New York in April of the same year. All this took place prior to President Trump officially withdrawing from the nuclear agreement. It is an act of treason for someone outside of the official government chain of command to negotiate with foreign governments on behalf of the U.S. Mr. Kerry’s pompous, egotistical attitude took the approach that he alone knows what is best for our country. The economic and financial sanctions placed on Iran by President Trump created true hardship for the Iranian government. There is rising civilian unrest and the Iranian government is having difficulty funding their terrorist-based operations. Prolonged effects of the sanctions could be capitulation to the demands of the U.S. and U.N. inspectors.
Biden appears anxious to enter into talks with the Iranians and the European Union is hoping to plan a meeting that will include all the participants of the original agreement: Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, Iran and the U.S. Initially Iranian lawmakers were demanding the lifting of sanctions before resumption of any talks, but they are now simply insisting that there will be no concessions on their part until there is a lifting of economic sanctions. To his credit, President Biden has said that the sanctions will remain in place, “for now.” Iran steadily raised its nuclear enrichment above the levels set in the original agreement. They threatened to scale back cooperation with U.N. inspectors, including turning off cameras that monitor sensitive nuclear research. Just today they extended the deadline for these moves as a show of good faith. Iran has indicated that any violations of the 2015 agreement are “reversible” if the U.S. lifts all sanctions. Three-star retired general Jack Keane believes that the economic and financial sanctions are eventually going to allow us to extract concessions from the Iranian regime and reduce their influence in the region. Unfortunately President Biden’s zeal to undo every policy of the Trump administration will play into the hands of the Iranians. Obama and Kerry put Iran on the path to a nuclear weapon and Biden will help push them over the goal line.