America would be foolish to take it. But if President Joe Biden doesn’t have a change of heart, he may try to sell just such a deal to the American people.
Before he hands a major victory to the Ayatollah Khameni, Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jinping and presides over another foreign policy disaster, the president should walk away from the negotiating table.
After months of discussions, the Biden administration is on the verge of reaching an agreement with Iran to replace the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed by President Barack Obama in 2015. President Donald Trump pulled America out of that deeply flawed deal in 2018.
Giustamente, quindi. Under the JCPOA, Iran paused, but did not end, its nuclear program in exchange for $ 1.7 billion in cash and another $ 150 billion in sanctions relief. It was great deal for the regime in Tehran, but a bad one for America.
Its proposed replacement would be worse.
The arrangement, orchestrated by Russian and Chinese intermediaries, would be a financial windfall for Tehran. It would lift Trump-era sanctions and release billions of dollars in assets frozen by the United States and our allies. Iran’s haul could be up to $ 130.5 miliardi.
President Biden is also offering to remove the foreign terrorist organization designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Iranian military’s primary instrument of exporting bloodshed and an organization responsible for killing more than 600 American service members in Iraq. A recent missile attack near the American consulate in Erbil, in northern Iraq, was the work of the IRGC.
It gets worse: the administration is also offering to lift sanctions on a slate of Iranian organizations and individuals. Among them is Hossein Dehghan, a politician and IRGC operative who planned the 1983 bombing in Lebanon that killed 220 Marines and 21 other Americans.
And what would America get out of this deal? Iran’s window to develop the uranium necessary for a nuclear weapon will be delayed from five weeks to six months, and America’s ability to stop development in the future would be severely undermined.
An agreement that allows Iran to realize its nuclear ambitions is dangerous enough, but relaxing sanctions and removing the IRGC’s designation as a terror group would pour gasoline on the fires already raging across the Middle East.