In response to Kathy Gyngell: A Thatcher aide on why Sir Kim had to go,
Darroch called Trump’s abandonment of the Iran deal ‘diplomatic vandalism’ which he blamed on anti-Obama spite. This is not diplomatic analysis. It is a cry of anguish on behalf of a Western foreign policy which saw its ‘victory’ in securing the Iran deal – dictated by Iran – overturned by its opponents.
One doesn’t need a long memory to remember that the agreement signed by Obama – who wanted a legacy other than Obamacare – and his Western European allies – who wanted to resume trade with Iran – was highly controversial because it ceded so much to the mullahs.
Obama never submitted it to the Senate because he knew it would not pass so he had it endorsed by the UN which meant that it lacked legal status in the US which was the deal’s Western linchpin.
At issue was the core of Obama’s Middle East policy which was to strengthen Iran as the main regional power at the expense of the Arabs and Israel in hopes that Iran would tire of the mullahs and democratise, making its possession of a nuclear arsenal less dangerous.
This normalisation of Iran was and remains a huge gamble that shows no sign of becoming a reality; the only peaceful hope of it becoming a reality is if sanctions can cripple the religious dictatorship’s hold on power which is why Trump withdrew from Obama’s flawed deal as promised.
Naturally the Western diplomatic and political establishment want to portray it as another Trump bull-in-the-china-shop moment, but for my money Trump is right.
Being complicit in allowing Iran to go nuclear and in the process somehow become pro-Western was typical of Obama’s naïvety and we should be grateful that the US Right fought him.
The Europeans including the UK have been typically clueless throughout this saga, swallowing for short-term advantage whatever the Iranians fed to the hapless John Kerry.
When Iran does have the bomb in a few years from now if sanctions don’t stop them, they will be able to mount them on missiles capable of hitting the EU. Do the words nuclear blackmail come to mind?