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Iran Hawks Can’t Stop Lying About the Nuclear Deal

The Wall Street Journal editors don’t like [1] that European governments intend to honor the nuclear deal regardless of what the U.S. does:

The question for Europe is whether to double down on its investment of political capital and its own credibility in a deal Washington increasingly scorns and whose spirit Tehran habitually violates. The main trans-Atlantic crisis that could emerge will be if London, Paris and Berlin—the three EU governments that co-signed the 2015 deal—conclude that business interests with Tehran are more important than helping Washington enforce counter-proliferation measures.

Like practically every argument against the nuclear deal, this is dishonest and misleading. If there is a trans-Atlantic rift over the nuclear deal, it will happen because Trump and other Iran hawks in the U.S. have chosen to create one. Europeans shouldn’t be worried about their credibility in standing by an agreement endorsed by Britain, France, Germany, and the EU. They aren’t the ones that threaten to undermine or renege on the deal. The U.S. is damaging its credibility and needlessly straining relations with our allies by doing just that.

If our allies choose not to cooperate with Trump’s attempts to subvert the agreement by making new, unrealistic demands, they will be the ones trying to keep alive a major non-proliferation agreement in the face of reckless American bungling. They won’t be choosing “business interests with Iran” over helping Washington, because there is no help that needs to be provided. Our allies will be honoring the agreement that our government negotiated alongside them while our new administration chooses to shoot itself in the foot. The WSJ editors laughably call this “Europe’s Iranian moment of truth” when it is our government that is risking harm to our relations with allies by lying about the nuclear deal.

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#1 Comment By clarified On October 19, 2017 @ 9:48 am

“The main trans-Atlantic crisis that could emerge will be if London, Paris and Berlin—the three EU governments that co-signed the 2015 deal—conclude that business interests with Tehran are more important than helping Washington enforce counter-proliferation measures. “

I see. Of course Trump’s “decertification” has nothing to do with counter-proliferation because there’s no evidence that Iran is proliferating.

The decertification is about doing what Israel and Saudi Arabia want: keeping Iran isolated and angry and eventually goading it into war.

The Europeans don’t want that, any more than they want a country with nuclear weapons in the eastern Med.

Indeed, American and European voters and businesses aren’t pushing us into war with Iran – voters either see no threat or don’t care because it threatens Israel and Saudi Arabia, not America or Europe. And the businesses just want to make money.

What’s really driving all the anti-Iran hysteria is Israel and Saudi Arabia, the formulaic shrieking of the Western politicians that they buy. And Western media outlets that serve their lobbies, like the WSJ.

#2 Comment By Muriel Strand On October 19, 2017 @ 9:57 am

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
– Abraham Lincoln

#3 Comment By Stephen J. On October 19, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

Daniel Larson is right on the mark.
I believe America’s foreign policy has been captured by certain countries in the Middle East. And that the American people are being betrayed by most of their representatives.

#4 Comment By Christian Chuba On October 19, 2017 @ 6:15 pm

George Orwell would be honored by the homage given by the WSJ’s twisted logic.

#5 Comment By Clyde Schechter On October 20, 2017 @ 12:54 am

Of course they can’t stop lying about it. Were they to speak the truth, they would be undercutting their own position. Goodness, they’d probably even have to admit they were wrong! They still haven’t admitted that about Iraq.

Lies are the bedrock foundation of neoconservatism. Its cannot coexist with truth.