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17:42, 26 October 2018

Trump ought to do what Reagan did when dealing with Iran

Trump need to do what Reagan did when dealing with Iran

Thirty-a single years ago right now, although I was functioning in the White Property, President Ronald Reagan boldly declared sanctions that prohibited all Iranian imports and restricted the export of 14 categories of U.S. items. Did this move face resistance? Positive.

There had been a lot of naysayers who, for their own monetary and ideological purposes, wanted to see a fast sunsetting of Reagan&#x2019s sanctions. But Reagan was unphased by their critiques.

Never wavering from his bold October 26th, 1987 declaration that the sanctions would &#x201Cremain in spot so long as Iran persists in its aggressive disregard for the most basic norms of international conduct,&#x201D he knew that short-term financial discomfort was an acceptable price tag to pay for the lengthy-term stability of open markets and our national security interests.

And, as we now know, his policy of peace by means of strength worked, diminishing the Iranian regime&#x2019s capacity to access the capital it required to inflict terror on America and its allies.

Sadly, numerous of these gains were reversed thanks to President Barack Obama&#x2019s signing of the Iran nuclear agreement. Even though setting the stage for Iran&#x2019s financial recovery by giving it access to oil revenue valued at a quarter of its annual GDP, the agreement also led Iran to produce more pro-regime militias and acquire tens of billions of dollars worth of new weapons.

Recognizing the futility of President Obama&#x2019s appeasement method, President Donald Trump resurrected Reagan&#x2019s Iran agenda. He tore up the Iran deal and reimposed tough economic sanctions with the intention of forcing the Iranian government to shut down its nuclear enrichment programs, curb its weapons system, and finish its help for brutal governments and uprisings in the Middle East.

As during the Reagan administration, President Trump&#x2019s considerably-required reversal has already produced rapid, efficient results.

Bloomberg reported that the nation&#x2019s economy is now &#x201Cnearing a crisis&#x201D &#x2013 one particular that most observers suspect will force the nation to make concessions soon. Even The New York Instances declared Trump&#x2019s sanctions are working.

And yet, in spite of the good results of Trump&#x2019s deterrents, special interests are operating to weaken them just as they attempted to do for the duration of the Reagan years.

Many current articles have suggested that the sanctions are harming the American folks and damaging our relationship with European allies. Last week, Foreign Policy Magazine argued that Washington and Brussels ought to come to a compromise resolution due to the fact &#x201Ctensions more than Iran sanctions are currently possessing adverse financial effects in each the United States and Europe&#x201D and &#x201Cconsumers will end up paying a lot more&#x201D for oil as a outcome of Trump&#x2019s sanctions.

The leadership of the European Union has gone so far as to tell European corporations to ignore the U.S. policy, with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani heaping praise on the EU for its effort to push America to modify the status quo.

Now, President Trump has to make a selection: Stand firm like Reagan did 31 years ago and forcibly declare that the sanctions will stay in place or cave to the wishes of the European Union and permit contractors such as Airbus and Siemens (two organizations that have a history of skirting vital defense protection measures) to continue carrying out business with the rogue nation.

Which alternative will make the most sense for our national security? The Wall Street Journal suggests the former, writing that &#x201CWashington need to intensify the pressure on the mullahs as Reagan did on the communists. Otherwise, a lethal nuclear Iran is significantly less than a decade away.&#x201D

Is President Trump on the same page? We will soon discover out. But here&#x2019s hoping that he will make The Gipper &#x2013 and the national security community at large &#x2013 proud.

Published at Fri, 26 Oct 2018 16:37:36 +0000

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