Joe Biden Is Dead Wrong on Iran | Opinion

Though perhaps apocryphal, it is claimed that Albert Einstein famously said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Under that definition, President Joe Biden is certifiably insane.

Despite having spent the entirety of his career getting every single foreign policy issue that he worked on wrong, President Biden would have the American people believe that he is a foreign policy expert. After embarrassments on an international stage in Afghanistan and Ukraine, Biden is now racing to sign a new Iranian nuclear deal with the Islamist regime in Tehran, which is as foolhardy as it is dangerous.

Delivering nuclear weapons to the Iranian regime is the only coherent and unifying foreign policy idea in today's Democratic Party. It explains, for example, Biden's asinine policy of funding Putin's war machine by buying Russian oil, which is best understood when placed in the context that Putin's man in Vienna is currently the U.S. nuclear negotiator. This all but ensures Iran will get everything its negotiators want.

Re-entering this dangerous Iran deal is the Democratic Party's long sought-after win. It would take the form of a bright, shiny and new nuclear deal after President Donald Trump tore up its predecessor because it did not represent or secure American interests. Obama-philes were up in arms when Trump abandoned their failed nuclear deal because they said it made us less secure; their contention is as ridiculous as it is dishonest.

Obama's Iran deal did a number of things—not a single one of which helped to secure the American national interest. It provided the terrorist mullah regime in Iran with over $50 billion in access to unfrozen assets in overseas banks. On top of that, the mullahs received $1.7 billion in cash—pallets of money were literally loaded onto an aircraft and flown to Tehran. The limited constraints in the original deal were not backed by the needed inspection regime to ensure Iranian compliance. Even worse, all of the constraints had a sunset provision—meaning that, even if Iran followed the deal to the letter, it would still be able to build a nuclear weapon once those provisions expired.

Team Obama, however, was certain that the good men (no women, alas) in Iran's leadership would never use weapons on any of our allies, nor on us. How ludicrous. How naive. How typical of Democratic foreign policy over the course of the past several decades. Iran is deadly serious when it refers to America as the "great Satan" (and Israel as the "little Satan"). Democrats would be wise to take our enemies seriously when they openly plot to destroy us.

The U.S. pulled out of the Iran deal under President Trump and killed Iran's terrorist-in-chief, Qassem Soleimani. Trump put Iran's mullahs on notice—they would have to watch their backs because anyone could be a target at any time. Biden, on the other hand, is putting Iran's mullahs on the glide path to nuclear weapons.

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media next to Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Eui-sun at a hotel in Seoul on May 22, 2022. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

As former National Security Advisor John Bolton has said, the only country in the world that can stop nuclear proliferation is the United States. American leadership is paramount, yet sorely missing under Biden, whose manifold failures are crushing our credibility across the world. The mullahs in Iran and the unhinged Kim Jong-un in North Korea have sprinted toward nuclear weapons. North Korea will sell nuclear technology to anyone with access to hard currency. Iran's terrorist clerics are feverishly developing their capabilities while keeping the International Atomic Energy Agency at arms' length and prohibiting any international inspectors from observing their nefarious machinations.

The solution to the Iranian nuclear quagmire is simple; yet, for some reason, the Biden negotiators are unable to grasp it. Just walk away—period. Consign the idea of rapprochement with Iran to the ash heap of history. Team Biden is negotiating from the ultimate position of weakness and desperation. Not only won't the mullahs speak with the Americans, but Washington's negotiating partner is the Russian ambassador in Vienna.

It's all reminiscent of a bad sitcom—only it's real life.

Russia is hinting that it might use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Yet, this is our purported negotiator for a new Iranian nuclear deal? A country that has demonstrated its willingness to go up to a globally demarcated "red line" and cross it? Then again, Democrats have long histories of imposing red lines and failing to follow through when they are violated.

President Biden promised that a new Iranian nuclear deal would be "longer and stronger." But we aren't getting anything of the sort. Instead we're getting a shorter and weaker deal. And while testifying before Congress last month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken refused to even say whether the Biden administration would agree to a deal that doesn't have new sunset provisions.

Biden's bad deal doesn't even address all of Iran's other malign regional behaviors. There is no mention of Iran attacking American soldiers stationed in the region. It ignores Iran's numerous plots to kidnap civilians on American soil. And it simply pretends that Iran isn't sending weapons and money to genocidal terrorists like Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Even if Iran's nuclear program suddenly disappeared tomorrow, Iran would still be the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism, as well as the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Middle East.

It is time for the clown show to end. It is time for serious people to deliver a serious message on behalf of the American people. We do not, and will not, negotiate with terrorists. And we will stop, and will not resume negotiating with, a terrorist regime in Tehran.

While we are at it, how about we stop asking Russia to carry our water in the nuclear talks with Iran? We need to remember that Russia's Putin is an international outlaw—the Russian bear has flouted countless international legal norms through his reckless and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Biden administration has lost its grip on the reality of international relations.

Our foreign policy "expert" president is showing yet again, as he has always shown throughout his lackluster political career, that his foreign policy decisions are wrong. His staff was unwilling to confront him over his misguided decision to surrender to the Islamist Taliban in Afghanistan. The United States cannot cave, again, to terrorist mullahs—nor, certainly, to its two-faced negotiators provided courtesy of Moscow.

Matthew Foldi is a conservative columnist. He is currently running for Congress as a Republican in Maryland's 6th congressional district.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.