Carl Bildt is a former prime minister of Sweden and a contributing columnist for The Post. Follow @carlbildt
According to reports, President Trump was having “a bit of a meltdown” when his advisers could not present him with a plan for scuttling the nuclear deal with Iran.
Trump (with extreme reluctance) had to note that Iran is indeed honoring its part of the deal. But he has sent his advisers back to the drawing board and asked them to produce a plan to blow up the deal within a couple of months.
Unraveling the Iran deal would indeed be dangerous. It would produce significantly more than just “a bit of a meltdown” in the Oval Office.
No one doubts that Iran is honoring its part of the agreement. It has accepted the most intrusive set of inspections we have seen in any international agreement. As U.S intelligence agencies have repeatedly confirmed, Iran ended the military dimension of its nuclear program in 2003. Ending it made perfect sense, in much the same way that maintaining the program up until then did.
Until then, the United States and others, at least on the political level, had warned time and again that Saddam Hussein was on the verge of getting a bomb. If that was the case, Tehran had every reason to believe Iraq was a threat (he had attacked Iran before) and deterrence was a logical response. But then the United States did Iran the immense favor of taking out the Hussein regime, reluctantly confirming that the alleged nuclear program didn’t exist. There was no longer a need for an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Later on, U.S. intelligence reached the conclusion that Iran’s program had been stopped. However, fueled by understandable skepticism about the nature of the regime in Tehran, there was still fear that Iran was carrying on with its program...
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