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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:27 AM

Trumps Destructive Priority on Iran Won't Serve U.S. Interests

Trump’s Destructive Priority on Iran
October 11, 2017

President Trump’s threatened “decertification” of the 2015 agreement to constrain Iran’s nuclear program fits with his desire to negate all of President Obama’s achievements but won’t serve U.S. interests, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.


By Paul R. Pillar

Press reports indicate that later this week President Trump will “decertify” the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), relying on a clause in the relevant review legislation that permits the President to make such a declaration even if Iran is fully complying with the accord.


That Trump has decided on this course has nothing to do with the terms of the JCPOA, with Iran, or with Iranian actions; he has not advanced a convincing case, or even a coherent argument, as to how those considerations provide a reason to cashier an agreement that is working. His decision has nothing to do with any careful analysis of what would be the most prudent policy toward Iran or toward nuclear proliferation; the reporting indicates that he has resisted or ignored any such analysis of this issue that his advisers have tried to undertake. In fact, Trump’s decision has nothing to do with U.S. interests.

Trump’s action regarding the JCPOA conforms instead with a personal decision-making rule that has guided his actions on a variety of issues, foreign and domestic. It is a guideline that has provided a consistent streak in a presidency that otherwise has been filled with inconsistencies. That personal rule is to attack, and preferably to destroy, any significant accomplishments of the previous administration.

This is the operational code that explains, better than any other explanation, the pattern of Trump’s decisions on major issues. It is a pattern that in domestic affairs has most conspicuously included Trump’s determination to destroy the health care system under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as his undoing of salient measures of the previous administration involving, for example, environmental protection or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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https://consortiumnews.com/2017/10/11/trumps-destructive-priority-on-iran/

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Response to JohnPoet (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:32 AM

1. why is it "destructive"

hopefully it will end up destructive for Iran. That would be a best case scenario.

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Response to Aldar (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:38 AM

2. Because cancelling it will remove any prohibitions against Iran building nuclear weapons

right now. Like, TODAY.

Cancelling the agreement is actually more likely to bring the result which critics purportedly wish to avoid -- a nuclear-armed Iran-- and bring that result sooner, rather than later.

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Response to JohnPoet (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:40 AM

3. That will happen with or without the treaty.

Regime change in Iran is the only thing that will stop that.

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Response to Aldar (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:49 AM

6. This is why Iran has a legitimate defense need for nuclear weapons---

to defend themselves against any future illegal wars of aggression which may be waged against them by the United States.

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Response to JohnPoet (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:58 AM

8. that is a total crock of shit.......Iran is the worlds largest sponsor of terrorism

the world needs to take them out

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Response to Aldar (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:05 AM

10. That only proves the truth of my statement.

The same goes for North Korea. They both saw what happened to Iraq, and they don't have to stand idly by and watch it happen to themselves.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for the world to take action against the United States, to disarm us of our nuclear weapons. We are STILL the ONLY country who has ever actually USED atomic weapons, and against CIVILIAN targets, at that.



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Response to JohnPoet (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 10:46 AM

13. And so therefore

We will have to destroy them both. Regardless of who is in the White House, or what our policy is, neither of these "countries" will be allowed to possess or pursue nuclear weapons not matter what their belief or justification is, and we have the ability to back that up. The world and International Relations isn't fair. Stronger countries exert their will on weaker and smaller sovereign nations every day, and they have done so for as long as human beings have been here. It will continue as long as we as humans still exist. If you don't want to be dictated to, it is only prudent to stay on top of the world power heap, and to be willing to use force to remain there.

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Response to JohnPoet (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:13 AM

11. Thread winner here and Russia will never let the judeo-christian crusaders pull

another illegal invasion of a sovereign country.

The was stopped with Syria.

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Response to JohnPoet (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:58 AM

7. It doesn't cancel anything

It just goes to Congress, which has 60 days to act.

Blame Obama for this one, he refused to submit it to the enate for ratification, it never would have passed.

So you have this weird agreement, that the President has to certify as in the national interest every quarter.

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Response to JohnPoet (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:40 AM

4. Almost as Biased as an MSLSD Newscast



Trump is determined to destroy the Healthcare system?

Too Late, Barry already did that

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Response to JohnPoet (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:42 AM

5. Pillar liked to leak to the press when he was CIA

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Response to JohnPoet (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 09:03 AM

9. Gen. Mattis testified that keeping the nuclear deal with Iran is in the best interest of US national

 

security.

And this Moron think he knows better? When he starts getting more Americans killed, I think the public will really turn on Trump.

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Response to The Big Red Machine (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 10:49 AM

14. It would be if

You believed it will have any effect or deterrent on Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. I do not, and apparently the President does not either.

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Response to JohnPoet (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 10:25 AM

12. That deal NEVER should have been made. It was part of Obama's goal of taking down America. And

people like Pillar is on the side of Kill America, like you JohnPoet.

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