Barack Obama considered it one of his crowning achievements, but make no mistake-the 2015 Iran Deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a scam from the beginning.
Marketed as a the path to make Iran a responsible member of the international community, the deal has done exactly the opposite. Not only has Iran continued to develop its nuclear program, with no legitimate sanctions imposed on its financial institutions, it has become the state sponsor of terrorism. On top of bolstering Assad’s regime in Syria, Iran has single handily made Hezbollah one of the most powerful armies in the region, pumping hundreds of millions into this known terrorist organization.
Before the Iran Deal, however, this was not the case. Iran was a nation teetering on the brink of destruction. Billions in gas and oil revenue were being lost, largely due in part to sanctions. The trickle down of those sanctions was Hezbollah and Hamas lost millions of dollars in funding from Iran and for Hezbollah specifically, this was a death spiral as almost 80% of its funding comes from Iran. On top of all this, Iran continues to currently expand its ballistic missile armory and every component of a nuclear program, even, specifically, uranium enrichment!
But, oddly enough, we have re-certified the deal every 90 days, even under the Trump Administration. The next certification is May 12th and the message from the Trump White House has to be crystal clear: we are done, we are walking away.
Immediately on the heels of this walk away needs to come renewed sanctions that force Iran to make a decision to either double down on their sponsorship of terrorism and development of their nuclear program OR become responsible members of the international community.
The United States and President Trump must lead the way. The stability of the Middle East begins and ends with us.