The Biden administration has in a little over 100 days demonstrated a level of foreign policy incompetence, which is almost unbelievable. Not since Jimmy Carter have we seen a President seemingly so fixated on surrender and appeasement. Biden’s actions in regard to Chinese aggression are perhaps most noteworthy given the growing power of Beijing, but his policy toward Tehran is no less feckless.
Iranian State television is now broadcasting a video showing the U.S. Capitol being destroyed by an Iranian missile in retaliation for the killing of IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani under President Trump. “The palace of oppression was destroyed by the IRGC, and the good news of the liberation of Jerusalem arrives from Iran,” reads a translation of chanting heard in the video.
U.S. forces in Iraq continue to be targeted in missile attacks launched by Shia militia aligned with Iran.
On Tuesday two rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq. The day before an undetermined number of rockets hit near Balad airbase in Iraq. That base, which houses American contractors, has been targeted multiple times.
Earlier this year Iran announced that it was now enriching uranium to 60%, dramatically reducing the time that it would take for it to produce weapons-grade uranium suitable for use in a nuclear weapon. Muhammed Bagher Qalibaf, Iran’s parliament speaker, announced via Twitter, “The young and God-believing Iranian scientists managed to achieve a 60% enriched uranium product. I congratulate the brave nation of Islamic Iran on this success. The Iranian nation’s willpower is miraculous and can defuse any conspiracy.”
State TV later called the decision a “show of power against terrorist rascality.”
Iran has also made recent threats against Fort McNair, an Army post located in downtown Washington, D.C., and against the Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff General Joseph M. Martin according to NSA reporting. In January Iran’s Revolutionary Guard discussed an attack on Fort McNair using an explosive-laden boat and also talked about infiltrating the installation in order to surveil Martin’s residence.
On May 5th the Iranian daily Kayham, a mouthpiece for the regime, warned that the United States was on its deathbed.
“Let us have faith that America is incapable of any misstep [against Iran], and that it cannot even attack Iranian facilities without the White House being destroyed in under 10 minutes,” the editorial stated. “Let us have faith that the old ‘village leader’ [i.e. the U.S.] has fallen onto his deathbed, and that even in his youth, he never made the mistake [of daring to attack Iran], and that he, like Israel, remains mired in quicksand.”Kayham
In the face of this hostility, Biden remains fixated on returning to the disastrous Iran nuclear deal and the policy of appeasement for which it was the capstone. Talks to that effect are temporarily paused but are expected by most observers to resume any day. Everything in the American posture in these talks suggests that the only questions are how fast we will sign a deal and how much cash we will hand the ayatollahs this time.
The leader of the American delegation in Vienna is Robert Malley. Malley was the lead negotiator for the original nuclear deal with Iran. Throughout the Trump administration, Malley was a strident critic of the policy of “maximum pressure” and argued against sanctions on Tehran.
That was no aberration. Malley met with Hamas leaders in 2008 – ignoring the fact that the group is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Malley, who is a lifelong friend of the new Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, was until recently running the International Crisis Group, which bills itself as a non-governmental organization focused on conflict resolution. In his role as head of that organization, Malley has displayed a long track record of sympathy toward the Iranian regime and hostility toward Israel.
In their wildest dreams, the ayatollahs could not have wished for a man more likely to give them everything they desire.
The Iran nuclear deal signed under President Obama was a disaster. It emboldened Iran and turned it loose to set fire to the Middle East. From Iraq to Lebanon to Yemen the result was chaos and a growing Shia crescent of instability.
President Trump changed direction dramatically. He walked away from the deal, reinstated sanctions, pushed back hard on the ayatollahs and took major steps toward forging an alliance between Israel and the Sunni Arab states that had the potential to fundamentally transform the Middle East. Iran – walled off and contained – was faced with two choices, change course or be crushed. Regime change, for the first time in many years, was openly discussed.
The incompetent in the White House and the spineless apologists for tyranny who surround him are now busy snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. They are getting ready to sign yet another horrifyingly bad deal with the religious madmen who control Iran. The result will be a disaster.
Iran, emboldened and enriched, will take the offensive once again. Israel, Saudi Arabia and other nations of the regime, abandoned and betrayed by the United States will be left to fend for themselves and to take unilateral action without American approval and participation. The Middle East, which for the first time in a very long time under President Trump could glimpse true peace, will be plunged again into conflict.