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Iran Says 'Hell No!' to Trump's Aggression

May 16, 2019 in Economics

By Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

President Donald Trump says he wishes Iran would call him. All
he wants, he insists, is “a deal, a fair deal.”
Apparently, he’s realized he was wrong to believe that the
regime he’s attempting to overthrow would grovel before him.
So now the White House has announced that it’s given the
Swiss government his phone number to pass along to Tehran.

They’re doing exactly
what we would do in their situation and we should change course
before it gets worse.

Of course, Switzerland probably feels whiplash. In 2003, Tehran
offered to negotiate with George W. Bush through a Swiss emissary.
The neocon-heavy, war-happy Bush administration dismissed the
proposal out of hand.

The Trump administration is also unsuccessfully pushing Europe
to stop resisting U.S. sanctions. Washington’s tone has
alternated between imperious and whiny, neither of which has
attracted much support. The usual warrior wannabe pundits,
meanwhile, have made a similar suggestion: the Europeans should be
as faithless as America and offer to join in receiving Iran’s
surrender.

Tehran unsurprisingly disdains contact with Washington. Barely a
year ago, the president cavalierly took the U.S. out of the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral nuclear
agreement and product of a highly complex international negotiation
and difficult give-and-take within as well as between nations. At
159 pages, the JCPOA was the most detailed nuclear inspections
regime ever created. (A month later, President Trump cheerfully
accepted the substantively meaningless two-page Singapore summit
statement as a definitive commitment by North Korea to disarm.)

Trump might enjoy posturing as negotiator-in-chief, but he has
made it almost impossible for the Iranian government to engage him,
let alone accept his demands. In truth, the administration’s
confrontational approach has been a failure for America and a
disaster for the Iranian people. The president’s policy has
guaranteed continued tensions. His coterie of warmongering
appointees are determined for regime change. The administration’s
hypocrisy is also staggering: they accuse Iran of meddling in the
Mideast—while Washington invaded Iraq, attacked Libya, and
sought to oust the Syrian government—and of committing human
rights violations—while the U.S. allied with autocratic
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Trump administration has discouraged peaceful engagement in
multiple ways.

  • Tossing out the JCPOA and insisting on massive and
    unilateral concessions.
    This demand would be dismissed by
    any other country, including America. What government, absent total
    military defeat, would accept a public call for de facto diplomatic
    surrender and national humiliation? Real estate developer Donald
    Trump certainly would not react well if someone demanded the same
    of him.
  • Misjudging the reason Tehran entered into negotiations
    with the Obama administration.
    Iran desired sanctions
    relief, but even more important was U.S. acceptance of the …read more

    Source: OP-EDS

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