As Iranian public protests gather momentum, it throws a glaring light on the fact that Obama appeased a tyranny that lacks legitimacy in the eyes of its citizens. Obama took taxpayers’ dollars, loaded them on to pallets, and sent them to the mullahs to supplement the sanctions relief he also secured for them. He helped buy the bullets that have killed some protesters and terrorized others.

The protests were sparked by economic privation, which continues despite the boatload — actually, the planeload — of money our former president sent to Iran. Under their oppressors, Iranians cannot sustain themselves, let alone achieve the standard of living that a young generation craves and the abilities of this talented and inventive people could easily produce. In retrospect, then, Obama’s nuclear deal has also thrown Iran’s rulers a lifeline when what was needed instead was an American government that could help Iranians sink them.