Nate Jackson / December 1, 2020

Will Biden Embrace Iran — Again?

The assassination of a top nuclear weapons scientist highlights the tension.

Last week, we noted another Middle East triumph brewing for President Donald Trump — the latest in a series of successful moves toward peace in the region. “Iran is more isolated than it has ever been,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently noted, “[and] the Gulf states are now working together in ways that literally four years ago I don’t think anybody would have believed was possible.” The Mideast “problem” will continue to fester, but Trump has moved the needle much further than any American administration in decades.

That reality is bittersweet as the nation stares down the barrel of an incoming Joe Biden administration that, from both a personnel and likely policy standpoint, looks an awful lot like the Barack Obama administration Trump worked so hard to clean up after and promises to undo as much of Trump’s success as possible. And then came the the assassination of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the nuclear scientist purported to be in charge of the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Not that Iran has designs on nuclear weapons, mind you. Obama assured us they were totally peaceful.

Except — wait for it — Iran threatened a nuclear buildup as retaliation for the assassination. Given that Team Obama Biden plans to try to re-join the bogus nuclear deal with Tehran, Iran’s legislative threat lays out the price of admission for such a bid.

Notably, Iran blames Israel for the assassination, which is not exactly unlikely, though unconfirmed and unclaimed. But more tellingly, Obama’s lackeys joined with the mullahs in condemning Israel. Former CIA Director John Brennan called it “a criminal act & highly reckless.” We suppose that as a key collusion-delusion conspirator, he knows a thing or two about highly reckless criminal acts. Ben Rhodes of Benghazi BIG Lie infamy railed, “This is an outrageous action aimed at undermining diplomacy between an incoming US administration and Iran. It’s time for the ceaseless escalation to stop.”

It’s painfully apparent that the next four years will once again feature an American administration condemning allies while coddling enemies. Such insanity is one of many things Trump was elected in 2016 to stop. And yet leftists accuse conservatives of turning back the clock.

If Israel did indeed pull the trigger, it’s no wonder. As its relationship with the U.S. once again plunges into uncertainty, Jerusalem must act in its own security interests. Indeed, as defense and nuclear analyst John Wood put it, “Israel is opposed to the 2015 Iran nuclear framework deal, abandoned by Trump, and its restoration under the incoming Biden administration. Accordingly, this was a pre-emptive strike at the heart of the Iranian nuclear weapon’s program and its chief architect. There is no doubt that the attack will slow down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, but it will not end it.”

Especially not if the Obama retreads heading for DC re-certify Iran’s nuclear program.

We certainly hope for better, but we expect that the Trump-Pompeo foreign policy yielding a fundamentally realigned globe will not fair well in the next administration. Thus, we’ll conclude with the wise words of Pompeo that ought to serve as a warning for the incoming administration: “It all starts with telling the truth and not having a bias towards appeasement. Once you do those two things, you can build a realistic platform that others will want to become part of.”

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