Biden Protecting Iran From European Sanctions

Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

It is almost axiomatic that a president is pathetically weak when he is easier on our mutual adversaries than European countries. 

Now, it's true that European countries or institutions can have different interests than we do, but this is certainly not the case with Iran. In fact, Iran spends a lot of effort attacking the United States, calling us The Great Satan and using proxies to attack US soldiers and interests abroad. If anything, we have a bigger beef with Iran than anybody else other than Israel--an ally. 

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Yet Obama and now Biden have been wooing Iran for years, shipping tens of billions in cash to the country, kissing up to the Mullahs, and even hiring an Iranian spy(!) to be our envoy to the country. Another Iranian shill is still working at the Pentagon. And now we learn in a Memorial Day news dump that the Biden Administration is begging our European allies to give Iran a break as it pursues nuclear weapons

BERLIN—The Biden administration is pressing European allies to back off plans to rebuke Iran for advances in its nuclear program, even as it expands its stockpile of near-weapons-grade fissile material to a record level, according to diplomats involved in discussions.

The U.S. is arguing against an effort by Britain and France to censure Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s member-state board in early June, the diplomats said. The U.S. has pressed a number of other countries to abstain in a censure vote, saying that is what Washington will do, they said.

U.S. officials deny lobbying against a resolution. 

The differences are emerging as Western officials’ concerns have deepened about Iran’s nuclear activities.

On Monday, the U.N. atomic-energy agency reported that Iran’s stockpile of 60% highly enriched uranium rose 20.6 kilograms to 142.1 kg as of May 11 from three months earlier, its highest level to date.

U.S. officials say that material could be converted into weapons-grade enriched uranium in a matter of days. It would then be enough to fuel three nuclear weapons.

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There is, I admit, more than a little irony in this spat between Europe and the United States arguing about a rebuke from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Whether Iran gets a talking to from IAEA or not is about as consequential as a gnat landing on the back end of a horse, meaning not at all, but it is symbolic of Biden's unwillingness to even criticize Iran for its nuclear weapons program.

Biden (and before him Obama) has a soft spot for Iran, as he does for all our enemies. As Iran funds terrorism around the world, attacks the United States as the focus of evil in the universe, and trains Hamas terrorists to rape, murder and kidnap our allies and even American citizens (not that you would know it from how often it is said, but there are still American hostages in Gaza), Biden ships money to Iran, reduces sanctions, and now is fighting with France and Great Britain over what amounts to a mild rebuke from an ineffective agency. 

At the heart of the dispute are concerns in some European countries, particularly France and Britain, that Washington lacks a strategy for dealing with Iran’s nuclear advances. European diplomats have said that the Biden administration appears unwilling to either pursue a serious diplomatic effort with Iran or take punitive actions against Tehran’s nuclear transgressions. 

The Europeans were strong supporters of the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted most international sanctions on Iran in exchange for tight but temporary restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work. Europe sought to preserve the accord after the Trump administration exited it in 2018.

The Biden administration set revival of the nuclear agreement as a top foreign-policy goal when it took office. But talks collapsed in August 2022 when Iran hardened its demands. Since then, U.S. officials have sought to contain tensions with Iran. 

U.S. officials argue that Europe could do more to increase pressure on Iran, including cutting off Iranian banks that work on the continent and listing Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terror group. They note they have coordinated sanctions efforts with Europe against Iran over its missile and drone transfers.

Washington has its own strategy for raising pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities, which includes asking the IAEA to prepare a comprehensive report setting out everything it knows about Iran’s failure to cooperate. 

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A comprehensive report! Horrors. 

The Ayatollah must be shaking in his boots before he orders another attack on American troops, ships in the Red Sea, or another flight of rockets to hit Israel. 

Joe Biden has been harder on Israel of late than he has on Iran, following the brilliant strategy of helping our enemies and harming our friends. 

That's Biden's signature strategy: coddling our enemies and abandoning our allies. He was even kind enough to leave a trove of American weapons in Afghanistan, just in case the Taliban needed them to track down our allies in the country or sell them on the black market to our adversaries. 

Obama was right:  Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f**k things up.”

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John Stossel 1:00 PM | June 15, 2024
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