No Iran Deal, And Why

Ha! Trump was excellent.

Naturally, Obama weighed in.

“I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake.”

He obviously didn’t hear the speech.

I like the part where he laid out the justification for this decision, including the bogus information about Iran’s nuclear assets, that was the basis of the deal. And how that deal made the world less safe.

The deal that 61% of Congress voted against, but was done with a Bob Corker workaround. Around Congress.

Trump is open for a new agreement that would not include nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them. One that would be fool-proof with real inspection verification. With no areas, including military areas,  off limits to the nuclear inspectors.

He also gave a shout out to the Iranian people.

Finally, I want to deliver a message to the long-suffering people of Iran. The people of America stand with you. It has now been almost 40 years since this dictatorship seized power and took a proud nation hostage. Most of Iran’s 80 million citizens have, sadly, never known an Iran that prospered in peace with its neighborhoods and commanded the admiration of the world. But the future of Iran belongs to its people.

Do you remember when President Obama pledged America’s support for the Green Movement in Iran? Then abandoned them? No different than his red line. Tonight, Trump said he “doesn’t make empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” And from his record so far, there’s no reason to doubt him.

History was made today. And the unspoken message, made clear today, is that when it comes to matters this important, he doesn’t play. And that’s a good thing.