Sunday, February 28, 2021

The broken pots of American diplomacy


Everything has to be redone in Washington. Of Donald Trump’s four years in the White House, very little seems to deserve to be preserved. Certainly not its policy towards Iran, one of the great threats to peace in the world.

Like an elephant in a china shop, the former president painstakingly destroyed the diplomatic goodwill that one administration to another – with some serious hiccups like the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – had succeeded in building on it. glory of the liberation of Europe from the Nazi scourge in 1945.

Driven by a reflex of systematic opposition to the accomplishments of Barack Obama’s presidency, Donald Trump had withdrawn the United States from the international agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. Never mind that its Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense were against it.

The objective of this agreement, certainly imperfect, was to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It had a time limit and did not tackle other concerns about the Ayatollahs’ regime, but instead of operating in the shadows and mistrust, diplomats had succeeded in creating a framework from which to progress could be considered.

PUT THE MAXIMUM FOR NOTHING

The Trump administration has opted for a “maximum pressure” policy, backed by a small handful of Iran’s arch enemies: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Seeking to further isolate the Iranians, all talk was suspended and economic sanctions were tightened to the point of even threatening the United States’ partners if they dared to do business with the Islamic Republic.

The result of this intransigence? A complete failure, unless we rejoice in the increased miseries that ordinary Iranians endure on a daily basis. Freed from the constraints of the agreement abandoned by the Americans, Iranian officials have resumed uranium enrichment, a normal step towards the manufacture of a bomb, even if Tehran denies it.

The military now boasts of forging the “most powerful” ballistic missile engine and, according to Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s National Security Advisor, their support for terrorist activity in the Middle East, “far from it. mitigate, has accelerated in some areas ”.

ANOTHER WASTE TO CORRECT

No more provocative tweets initiated by an aggressive comment on any TV channel, the Biden administration has returned this week to basic diplomacy: if the Europeans extend the invitation, Washington will sit down at the table of the countries that had concluded the initial agreement, including Iran. Chargé d’affaires, envoys and other ambassadors are now trying to pick up the pieces of an already fragile structure, damaged by the former bully-in-chief. It will take patience, kindness, and possibly even a little luck. This is the price to pay for letting a dog run in a bowling game. Distrust is mutual, but one can certainly adopt Ronald Reagan’s attitude towards Tehran towards the Kremlin: “Trust, but verify” – trust, but verify. At this point, we don’t really have a choice.

The agreement on the Iranian nuclear of 2015


Iran Flag in the Wind Above Skyline of Tehran



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