Apr. 2, 2019
- Withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal Has Paid Dividends – Bret Stephens
Critics said the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal would bring nothing but woe to the U.S. and our interests in the Middle East. But last week, the New York Times’ Ben Hubbard wrote: “Iran’s financial crisis, exacerbated by American sanctions, appears to be undermining its support for militant groups and political allies who bolster Iranian influence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.” Moreover, the U.S. is no longer looking the other way at Hizbullah’s criminal enterprises, including drug smuggling and money laundering.
Non-nuclear states that sponsor terrorism and subscribe to millenarian ideologies should never have access to any part of the nuclear fuel cycle, ever. Any U.S. administration that abdicates the responsibility to do everything it can to prevent such access effectively renounces America’s status as a superpower as well. The Trump administration has succeeded in dramatically raising the costs to Iran for its sinister behavior, at no cost to the U.S. or our allies. (New York Times)