According to Basiri, “A year after the nuclear deal came into effect, not only has the Iranian regime failed to manifest a modicum of cooperation on the crises riddling the region, but it has also grown bolder in its efforts to expand terrorism, to fan the fires of sectarianism in neighboring countries, and to threaten global peace and stability.” He adds, “During this time, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which controls a large portion of Iran’s economy and has benefited the most from the of the nuclear deal, has spent the cash windfall to send arms to the , which the latter off the coast of Yemen.”
What’s happened in the past year shows how far off the mark the Obama administration’s estimation of change in Iran would be after the nuclear deal.
The deputy chief of the IRGC, General Hossein Salami, boasted of Iran’s territorial expansion in on the anniversary of the occupation of the . Salami threatened that if the U.S. didn’t stand up to its commitments, Iran would scrap the nuclear deal and reactivate its centrifuges. His remarks are among a wave of threats from top Iranian regime officials.
However, Basiri says that, “…in contrast to the powerful image that Tehran is trying to exude, Iran is , and its increased hostility toward its neighbors and the international community is not a display of its might, but rather a testament to the failure of the West – especially the Obama administration – in adopting a decisive plan of action toward Tehran and opting to curb the nefarious deeds of the Iranian regime through incentives and leniency.”
He adds, “This is yet more proof of the reality that the Iranian regime’s belligerence cannot be undercut through appeasement and concessions, and only a firm policy will force Tehran to retrace their steps and toe the line. Anything less will further drive the region into chaos and mayhem.”
Perhaps the next U.S. President will right the wrongs and correct the mistake, and will take the right side to benefit the people of Iran and the region. Perhaps the next U.S. President can put Iran and the Middle East on the path toward the re-establishment of peace and stability.