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Rohrabacher: Three Cheers for President Trump’s Iran Decision

May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, today praised President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Following is his statement:

I applaud President Trump’s decision to exit the colossally misguided Iran nuclear deal agreed to – in an act of supreme naivete – by the Obama administration. That deal financed the mullahs’ terrorist march across the Middle East to the Mediterranean; stirred up trouble in Syria; and made even more powerful Iran’s delusional threats to the existence of Israel. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it afforded no guarantee that Tehran would conclude its clandestine plan to develop advanced nuclear weapons. The so-called inspections simply could not inspect every Iranian effort to defy the deal.

Most perplexing, the cash we provided the mullahs probably advanced Iran’s nuclear capability exactly as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu outlined last week.

As if relaying objective fact, Reuters news service reported the president’s decision would “raise the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upset America’s European allies and disrupt global oil supplies.” In actual fact, conflict in the Middle East has been steadily rising since the deal was inked; our allies, though balking, will come to see the Trump administration as reasserting, not abandoning, America’s leadership role; and global oil supplies, temporarily disrupted in a skittish market, already are responding to the new reality of America’s energy pre-eminence.

What the nervous Nellies, so dominant in the media and the foreign policy establishment, do not understand is that no deal is worth its salt if one party cannot walk away from it. By walking away from it, our negotiator-in-chief almost certainly will usher in a better deal, one that neutralizes the mullahs and empowers the growing secularist forces inside Iran itself.

What we are witnessing right now, after such a long pause, is actual leadership, not empty posturing. We may thank President Trump for refreshing our memory of what it means to lead.