Oct 05, 2017
In what critics are slamming as a decision to embrace "war over peace," President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to officially "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal next week on the grounds that it is "not in the national interest of the United States."
Many in recent days have predicted that Trump would ultimately opt to decertify the deal he so often railed against on the campaign trail. While some within his administration have urged Trump to uphold U.S. commitment to the nuclear accord, the right-wing hawks calling for tougher sanctions and outlining potential "military options" appear to have won out.
"The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which would blow up a deal limiting Iran's nuclear activities," the Washington Post noted.
In a Twitter thread on Thursday, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, explained why Trump's move to undermine the nuclear deal is so dangerous--and why his justifications for doing so are blatantly false.
\u201cMindful of news that Trump will decertify the #IranDeal, thought I'd share why my book is titled Losing an Enemy >>\nhttps://t.co/M0zxclkzyl\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cThe deal did not create peace, but it created an OPPORTUNITY for the United States and Iran to lose each other as enemies. >>\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cThe problem is: Some in Washington fear losing Iran as an enemy more than they fear Iran\u2019s nuclear program or its regional policies >>\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cThe same problem exists in Iran. But it\u2019s the US \u2013 via Trump \u2013 that is pulling out of the deal, not Iran. >>\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cWhile Washington obsessed about the idea that enmity with the US was a pillar of the revolution, it was blind to its own addiction to enmity\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cIn the past 37 years, there is only one example of the US succeeding in changing a core Iranian policy: The diplomacy that led to #IranDeal\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cAll other paths have failed. Now Trump is choosing to kill the path that did lead to real results, in order to return to the path of failure\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cIf one seeks war, Trump\u2019s decision make sense. Failure will lead to war. If he doesn\u2019t want war, then killing the deal makes no sense. >>\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cSaudi & Israel will applaud Trump because they want the US to re-enter the region and help \u201cbalance\u201d Iran. They can't do it on their own. >>\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cFrom the Saudi & Israeli perspective, that makes sense. Have the US do the job for them. But how does it make sense from the US perspective?\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cRiyadh thinks killing the #IranDeal will make Saudi great again. But can someone explain how it will make America great again? >>\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
\u201cThis is the question that no one asks in DC: What is the value TO THE US of the US reasserting hegemony in the Middle East?\u201d— Trita Parsi (@Trita Parsi) 1507234561
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