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John Kerry: If Trump Backs Out Of Iran Deal, It Will Be Washington, Not Tehran That’s Isolated

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: National Review Online

1 October 2017

HEISENBERG REPORT — Although we sincerely doubt readers need to be reminded of the context here, recall that in his truly outrageous U.N. debut, Donald Trump, donning his brightest orange face paint, went on a long-winded rant about Iran. It was expected, but the rhetoric was the very definition of reckless. Here are some highlights (or “lowlights” depending on how you want to look at it):

  • TRUMP: `WE CANNOT LET A MURDEROUS REGIME CONTINUE’ ACTIVITIES
  • TRUMP: IRANIAN GOVT MASKS CORRUPT DICTATORSHIP
  • TRUMP: IRAN DEAL IS `EMBARRASSMENT’ TO THE UNITED STATES

He clearly indicated that the U.S. is prepared to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal (which would be a terrible decision for all kinds of reasons that should be immediately clear to anyone with any foreign policy experience whatsoever) and then, he parroted the same old line about Iran being the world’s worst offender in terms of exporting terrorism. That is a patent falsehood. It’s a bald-faced lie. By virtue of Washington’s ties to Riyadh, the U.S. is pot committed to pushing what everyone knows is a disingenuous line about Hezbollah. It’s one thing to say “look, Hassan Nasrallah isn’t a guy I’d invite to Sunday dinner, and we have to support our allies in Israel by doing our part to stop the spread of Iranian influence.” But it’s entirely another to gloss over the fact that when it comes to combatting the Sunni extremist groups that are now attacking the West on a near-weekly basis, no one is more effective on the battlefield than Hezbollah and their allied militias in Iraq. That’s irrefutable.

Further, Trump painted a picture of Iran as a dusty, uncivilized backwater run by barbarians and populated by oppressed peasants. That’s completely ridiculous. […]

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