President Barack Obama viewed the conflicts in the Middle East as having their roots in the previous Western colonialism. Additionally he viewed American military use as an incentive for countries like Iran to oppose the U.S. using such means as terrorism. So, President Obama adjusted his foreign policy, believing that openness would be rewarded with cooperation and civility. This belief was the reason the nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime was established and caused him to grant concessions to secure the deal. However, he overlooked such issues as Iran’s support for terror and its human rights record.