Biden Tries To Entice Iran To Come Back To Table By Dropping Sanctions, WTF?
As time goes on, one has a hard time understanding what, if anything, is going on in the mind of our president, Joe Biden. In the latest move, to try in desperation to get Iran back to the bargaining table, Biden has decided the best thing now is to drop many of the sanctions against Iran’s nuke research, thus enabling them to push on towards a weapon. Isn’t this the very thing this agreement we had was over?
Iran’s foreign minister pooh-poohed President Biden’s latest olive branch Saturday — dismissing the end of sanctions on its civilian nuclear program as “not enough” to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“The lifting of some sanctions can in itself translate into good faith,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, according to Iranian state media. “But it’s not enough.”
On Friday, the State Department notified Congress that it had restored so-called “civ-nuke” waivers, allowing non-American companies to work on civilian nuclear projects in Iran without drawing retaliation from the U.S. government.
The waivers were halted in 2020 as part of President Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, as then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Tehran of “nuclear brinkmanship.”
Their return comes as nuclear talks in Vienna are about to resume — and as the White House has quietly admitted that Iran is just months away from being able to produce enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.
“This is not a signal that we are about to reach an understanding on a mutual return to full implementation” of the JCPOA, the Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement, a State Department official told NBC News.
Instead, it is a “return to the status quo,” the official said.
But Republicans on Saturday slammed the decision to restore the waivers — despite the lack of any concessions from the Iranian side — as a sign of Biden’s weakness.
“It’s unconscionable,” tweeted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. “At a time when Iran is targeting the United States and our allies across the Middle East, the Biden administration is dismantling sanctions to allow them to build up their nuclear program.”
Meanwhile, Iran insisted it would continue its nuclear expansion.
The danger of this move is that the Biden administration, by lifting these restraints, is also lifting any restraints that Israel had to put an end to this, chancing a strike on Iran will set back their nuclear program by years, thus giving them time to shore up their defenses against any such attack.
While we know that Israel has allocated billions to set up an action plan to attack Iran nuclear facilities and now have enough F35’s to do so, so long as they can get an agreement, even if in secret from Iran’s enemies in the region, who equally don’t want a nuclear-armed Iran, this is pushing the probability of an attack from something that could happen to something that will, it is now just a matter of when.
The question will be, what will Iran’s response to such an attack be? While Iran does have the ability to fire missiles at Israel, currently, Israel is very well set up to take care of any long-range attacks Iran may try. Hezbollah could try to get involved, but there is now a huge problem.
The F35s we have sent to Israel (30 at this point) only need a few to keep station over Lebanon; they can have F16s and F15s keeping station outside of Lebanon. The F35 is an incredible intel platform, would spot these launchers as they are being brought out to launch, which takes time; by then, an F15 or F16 could dash in and either bomb the sites or fire from a distance with the many standoff weapons Israel has. In the end, such a move by Hezbollah could quickly find Israel expanding the conflict to not only rid Lebanon of Hezbollah, but Syria of Iran, something I think, even though it would be very publically condemned, would be welcome by their respective governments and governments in that region.
The biggest question is if Iran would do what it has promised and use its very large arsenal to expand the conflict to fire on Saudi Arabia, the E.U., and other kingdoms in that area, mostly targeting U.S. bases in the region.
The greater question is, if Iran ups the conflict and sets their weapons with chemical or biological weapons, and tries to attack Israel, will the U.S., under Biden, intervene, or will we see this quickly escalate if Israel responds?
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