On March 20, 2009, delivering his first message to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran in celebration of the Iranian holiday of Nowruz, Barack Obama stated, “the United States wants the Islam Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations”.
On March 31, 2015, Iran will have taken “its rightful place in the community of nations” in a way only Barack Obama could have imagined as a final nuclear agreement is reached.
Moreover, “by the time Obama leaves office”, writes David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy, “no country on Earth will have gained quite so much as Iran” due to “a policy impulse that was far closer to the heart of the president”.
By the time this nuclear deal is agreed notes Rothkopf, “Iran will have gained stature, economic benefits, and a better seat in the council of nations”, while being seen by “Sunni allies in the Gulf as a betrayal”. And a betrayal it is.
We are already witnessing this betrayal in Yemen, which was once touted by the Obama administration as a “success story”, until last week when the United States military was taken by surprise as Saudi Arabia launched an attack on the Iranian backed Huthi rebels who have taken control of the country. The Huthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, “decided with the support of Iran to destabilize Yemen,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said.
The military was taken by surprise and unaware of the attack in advance, deliberately left in the dark out of fear by Saudi Arabia that Obama would have leaked the intelligence in advance to Iran.
NBC’s Richard Engel reported on Friday that, “Saudi Arabia and other countries simply don’t trust the United States anymore as the administration is working to befriend Iran, and therefore they didn’t feel the intelligence frankly would be secure”.
The Sunni nations in the region, taking note Obama’s recent leaks of Israel’s nuclear program, have come to fear that the Obama administration is deliberately leaking intelligence to Iran in its efforts at rapprochement with the Iranian mullahs.
Our traditional allies in the region like “Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates don’t know if the United States is reliable to hold onto information when it comes to [information in opposition] to Iran”, stated Engel.
This is particularly troubling given the fact that under Obama the United States strategy in Iraq has virtually become dependent on Iranian fighters to not only contain the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, but Syria as well. The implications of this are dire.
First, once the Islamic State is defeated in Iraq, Iran will gain control of the region with the ability to exert an unprecedented amount of influence and power. It is fair to say that within the next few years, Baghdad will become apart of Iran.
According to the Institute For The Study Of War (ISW), “the Islamic Republic of Iran has conducted an extensive, expensive, and integrated effort to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power as long as possible while setting conditions to retain its ability to use Syrian territory and assets to pursue its regional interests”.
Today, Iranian security and intelligence services are advising and assisting the Syrian military in order to preserve Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power.
What this means for the region, specifically Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon is that Iran is gaining power as their willingness and ability to project military force beyond their border is condoned and in conjunction with Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
Which brings us to the heart of the problem, Obama has made it abundantly clear by both his actions and inaction’s that he wants this nuclear deal more than the Iranians do.
Ed Morrissey of The Fiscal Times writes, “Obama wants a deal for the sake of claiming a foreign policy achievement, no matter what the cost, and no matter what it does to our allies, especially Israel”.
Morrissey goes on to note that the situation with Iran, lead by their Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who supports “Death to America”, is “reminiscent of another confrontation between Western powers and an extremist dictatorship that professed its own destiny to rule the world”.
Paralleling Germany’s rise to power under Hitler with the rise of Iran under Khamenei, Morrissey concludes that in “both cases treated with contempt their allies whose very existence was threatened by the new hegemon, who kept breaking international agreements and stalling negotiations until the West appeased them by betraying those same allies — even locking their democratic allies out of the negotiations”.
Luckily for Europe and the Jews, Hitler was never given the chance to access nor use nuclear weapons. This is not the case for the Ayatollah though, he will be given both.
Yet, while the “Iranian regime is not populated by Nazis”, writes Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, “it is led by people who do, in fact, seek the physical elimination of the Jewish state“.
Iran’s Supreme Leader confirms this as he has declared the “mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran” is to “erase Israel from the map of the region”.
This “mission” is becoming a reality as Iran inches closer to obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Look at what it has achieved already without one by construing the “nuclear negotiations” to their advantage knowing Obama will undermine those in the region who seek to undermine Iran.
Under Obama, Iran has been revitalized as it has become dominant in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen while it continues to remain the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism with Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
What should be evident to even the most objective observer at this point is this, Iran doesn’t need this deal because Obama has already given them what they wanted.
They wanted time. Obama has given them fifteen months.
They wanted sanctions relief. Obama has given them over $12 billion in free and unfrozen funds.
They wanted a seat at the “community of nations”. Obama has given them de facto control of the Persian Gulf.
Above all else, they want to destroy Israel and bring “Death to America”. Obama has ensured that they will be able to produce a nuclear weapon.