I can understand how the Iranian deal is in Iran’s national interests. I can also understand how it is not in the national interests of many of the countries of the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia in particular. But tell me, how is the deal in the interests of the United States (aka the Great Satan)? In what possible way are any of America’s foreign policy aims advanced by this agreement?
If you are an ally of the US, you are now looking elsewhere for protection and safety. No one can or will trust the US as they once did. It will not matter who is elected next or the time after that. The treacherous nature of the US, which can change with every election cycle, and which is often determined by domestic side issues of no real consequence to its strategic concerns, will leave each of its allies looking for alternatives. The possibility of a far-to-the-left ideologue as president would have once been seen as impossible. With Obama and the constituency he has built, it seems to have become almost mandatory.
And while it seems invisible to those who govern the US at the present time, the combination of its economic and open-borders policies will make the US a weaker country well into the foreseeable future. Built on top of that the fetish for green energy. It may still be the strongest military presence, but it will be able to enforce its will to only a limited extent should it even wish to do so.
Thirty years from now we will be living in a world so changed I can only barely begin to sketch it. The only thing I am near enough sure about is that the Pax Americana we have depended on since the fall of the Pax Britannica will have been vastly diminished.
The Iran nuclear deal tops Secretary of State John Kerry’s agenda as he meets with foreign ministers from Egypt and Qatar this weekend. Kerry will skip a visit with Israel, the main U.S. ally in the Middle East and a vociferous opponent of the deal. . . .
“People in my region now are relying on God’s will, and consolidating their local capabilities and analysis with everybody else except our oldest and most powerful ally,” Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan wrote in a July 16 op-ed for Lebanon’s Daily Star.
With that, you do not even need to read between the lines. Diplomatic though Saudi Prince Bandar was, he could not have been more clear or more critical.
UPDATE: At least there isn’t completely idiocy across the US, only among Democrats and their leaders:
American voters oppose 57 – 28 percent, with only lukewarm support from Democrats and overwhelming opposition for Republicans and independent voters, the nuclear pact negotiated with Iran, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
Voters say 58 – 30 percent the nuclear pact will make the world less safe, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.
Opposing the Iran deal are Republicans 86 – 3 percent and independent voters 55 – 29 percent, while Democrats support it 52 – 32 percent. There is little gender gap as men oppose the deal 59 – 30 percent and women oppose it 56 – 27 percent.
I should just add that 52-32 percent support is not “lukewarm”.