Trump is a bully and ending iran deal shows he wants war, liberals say grade 6 electricity quiz


This week, commentators debated President Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated under former president Barack Obama. Conservatives hailed Trump’s move as bold and necessary because the deal was weighed heavily in Iran’s favor.

And, "Trump’s decision does the actual opposite of showing the U.S. isn’t serious about its commitments — it communicates to the world that there’s a new sheriff in town who is going to follow through on what he says, unlike Obama (of the infamous red line in Syria)."

"Trump seems to believe that his angry tweets at ‘little Rocket Man’ have brought Kim Jong Un to his knees, and it is a foregone conclusion that the North Korean dictator will surrender his nuclear weapons," said Salon’s Heather Digby Parton. "Indeed, in Trump’s mind this has already happened. He’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, after all. So naturally, the Iranian government is terrified and will scurry to ingratiate itself with him too."

But he stressed that "Trump has been willing to take unconventional action to turn momentum to America’s favor" and that "while the future remains uncertain and challenging, one thing we know for sure is that the president will always put America First."

Kaplan said Trump’s move "can only be attributed to one or more of three motives: a misunderstanding of the deal’s terms, a need to torpedo yet another one of President Obama’s accomplishments, or a desire to weaken or destroy the government of Iran."

So Trump has wrecked one of the most successful arms-control deals in modern history, destroyed any possible leverage to negotiate a new one, further disrupted unity with our allies, further damaged U.S. credibility, strengthened hard-line factions in Iran, exacerbated instability in the Middle East, and possibly boosted the chance of war

If one listens to the critics of Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal, "one might think that Iran has been acting responsibly for the last three years" and "that Obama left the Middle East a bright and beautiful place, not a hellhole filled with human carnage bought with dollars spent by Iran but funneled through the United States," said Ben Shapiro on The Daily Wire.

"None of that is true, of course," Shapiro said. "Obama left the Middle East a smoking wreckage heap — a situation so grim that even Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan have been forced to ally with Israel to allay fears of an Iranian regional takeover."

Barack Obama had a peculiar vision of the Middle East remade: Iran ascendant, the power of Israel checked, the Saudis chastened. He achieved that vision at the cost of tens of thousands of lives across the region. President Trump is undoing that legacy. Good riddance.

Writing in The Hill, former Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jonathan Granoff said by pulling out of the deal, the U.S. "violated an international agreement it solemnly entered into, putting it in a class with nations that pointedly disrespect international cooperation, the rule of law, peace, and nuclear nonproliferation."

"It’s not just a deal between the U.S. and Iran; by virtue of the UN Security Council resolution the deal is between Iran and the entire world," Granoff said. "U.S. withdrawal demonstrates callous disregard for world opinion, and diminishes the world’s trust in America’s word, honor and commitments."