NIAC: Trump’s Reckless Decision Puts US on Path to War with Iran

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Contact: Trita Parsi
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Washington, DC – NIAC President Trita Parsi issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump declared he would snap back all nuclear-related sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal, and impose new sanctions:

“Donald Trump has committed what will go down as one of the greatest acts of self-sabotage in America’s modern history. He has put the United States on a path towards war with Iran and may trigger a wider regional war and nuclear arms race.

“This is a crisis of choice. Trump has taken a functioning arms control deal that prevented an Iranian nuclear bomb and turned it into a crisis that can lead to war.

“This is not America first, this is Trump leasing out America’s foreign policy interests to the highest bidder. The only parties applauding this move are Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammed Bin Salman, who have consistently chosen to undermine regional security to advance their own shortsighted political fortunes. Trump’s reckless decision is a betrayal of the national interests of the United States of America that could haunt us for generations.

“Not only has Trump opened a pandora’s box of consequences in the region, we now know the administration hired the private Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube to target former U.S. officials who supported the agreement. This Nixonian campaign was likely an illegal attempt to discredit the Iran deal. Anything short of a full investigation by Congress and the Justice Department of Trump’s efforts with Black Cube would be an affront to our democratic system.

“Perhaps the most absurd aspect of President Trump’s Iran policy is his attempt to claim solidarity with the Iranian people, even as he bans Iranians from the US and his top advisors openly support the MEK terrorist group that is universally reviled by Iranians. The Iranian people overwhelmingly supported the nuclear deal, at least until the sanctions relief that was promised failed to materialize, and will be the party most impacted by Trump’s decision.

“Many were hopeful that the nuclear deal would facilitate broader change in Iranian society over time by empowering moderate forces in their demand for social and economic justice. By diminishing the excuse of sanctions and raising expectations for economic improvement, the nuclear deal appears to have added pressure on Iran’s leaders to meet the public’s political expectations. However, a potential opening for accelerated progress in Iran has now been slammed shut by Trump, an action that will redirect attention from the Iranian government to the United States. This will not just empower hardliners, it will force Iran’s political elite to paper over fissures on key social and political issues while cracking down further on any dissent. This is potentially the biggest crime of Trump’s decision – limiting the agency of Iran’s own people to choose peaceful political evolution in order to address their grievances.

“It is our profound hope that the Europeans, Russians and Chinese are able to sustain the nuclear accord in spite of Trump’s decision – though we recognize that this is a tall task given the effect of US sanctions. We also hope that Congress will shake off the politicization of Iran policy and move to restrict Trump’s nuclear sabotage. However, given that Senate Republicans and even a handful of Democrats voted for Iran-hawk Mike Pompeo to join John Bolton on Trump’s war cabinet, this may not be possible until a new Congress is sworn in.

“Iran has remained compliant with the nuclear deal as verified by the IAEA in 11 reports since January 2016, and its people want more economic relief – not less. Under the JCPOA, Iran’s commitment never to pursue a nuclear weapon never expires, while other far-reaching constraints stretch out for decades. After Trump’s breach of the accord, the US– not Iran – is now the outlier when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program. If the deal dies as is highly likely, the US will find little to no support in addressing Iran’s soon to be expanding nuclear program.

“For decades, Washington has insisted that the Iranian leadership is addicted to enmity with the United States. Now it may become fact for the world that the opposite is true and it is America that is addicted to enmity with Iran.

“For those in and outside of the Iranian-American community who worked for years to prevent war with Iran, and then succeeded in protecting the nuclear deal from sabotage until today, this move comes as a bitter blow. Unfortunately, we must now redouble our efforts to prevent Trump from leading us to war with Iran.”

Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and an award-winning author. He is the president of the National Iranian American Council and teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His latest book is Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy.

13 thoughts on “NIAC: Trump’s Reckless Decision Puts US on Path to War with Iran”

    1. Someone should write on all of the many wars that accomplished little, nothing, or were even counterproductive to what the instigators were hoping for.

      1. Check out William Blum’s Killing Hope. It’s a comprehensive history of American interventions between WW2 and the War on Terror, most of them ended badly, but sometimes that was the point.

  1. The Iranians need to tell Trump “Don’t let the door hit in the ass on the way out.” There is no need to continue a dialogue with the US. Especially when the US claims to know what the Iranian people want. No country has a total agreement amongst its citizenry. Look no further than the US.

    Iran should continue with the 5 remaining members of the JCPOA. Iran needs to strengthen its economic partnerships with the EU, Russia, China and other countries. Those who want to trade with Iran will find partners to make it happen.

  2. When will the next False Flag happen to “justify” the bombing of Teheran? Can Trump and company use the “chemical weapons” pretext again, or has that worn itself out? Surely the NGOs’ can do what they did in Syria and entice a few hundred Iranian students to take to the streets. Better yet, make sure that a couple are killed.

  3. There was no reason to blatantly violate the JCPOA. They had what they wanted. Iran was in full compliance while the US did not comply with any of it whatsoever and even continued the hostility. They had effectively Palestinianized the Iranians. Now all bets are off. Iran is free to do what it wants and the US is left with the option to go to war or go home and STFU.

    Like I said in the beginning, Trump is a joke and the Israelis run shit.
    Nothing has changed.

  4. Rand Paul is against the Iran deal now. He obviously doesn’t want war. So, maybe there’s hope.

    It sounds like if war is pushed, we’ll be told that Iran is pursuing nukes. Iraq War redux. Or yea, false flag attack.

    1. Wash, rinse and repeat.

      So, if this bunch is so confident about WMD, why don’t they put skin in the game. If they are wrong, sign a resignation in advance and forgo their worldly possessions including any pension. Never work in any capacity in the military industrial complex.

      And if it turns out they knowingly lied, prosecution for treason would be a nice touch.

      Yeah, I know……. But one can still dream of justice, right?

  5. Just to add, “multilateral” wars are still just as wrong (and usually stupid).

    Many of the comments complaining about Trump seem upset by losses of aspects of the empire. Posters here have liked the idea of a multi-polar world. Well, we’re moving towards just that.

    We really don’t need agreements etc. The US just needs to come home.

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