Skip to main content
Team Iran
Illustration sourced from tabletmag.com
tabletmag.com

Team Iran

Lee Smith

It wouldn’t seem hard for anyone remotely interested in the fate of the planet to draw at least one clear lesson from last Saturday’s Iranian strikes on Saudi Arabia: There is no way that the regime that casually took 50% of Saudi oil production offline can ever be allowed to get anywhere near possessing a nuclear bomb. Imagine what a nuclear-armed Iran might do to the oil production on which the entire planet depends for energy, transportation, and food. Does anyone really care to wager that an Iranian regime that had such devastating weapons wouldn’t actually use them? That seems like a bad bet. 

And yet that was precisely how a highly visible segment of political partisans in Washington has chosen to see things. The oil fields were still burning as former Barack Obama aides, Democratic Party officials, political operatives, and journalists rolled out an arsenal of tweetsquotes, and op-eds laying down cover for a military attack targeting the world’s oil supply. In a different time, the idea of a public campaign to cheer on an operation whose intended effect was to raise oil prices and terrorize a traditional US ally might seem like a deranged PR stunt by campus nihilists. But in DC’s toxic new zero-sum political game, an attack on Saudi Arabia is good news— not because it benefits America or Americans in any conceivable way, but because it benefits Iran. Same difference, right?

The public conjoining of US and Iranian interests represents the fulfillment of Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative, the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The purpose of the JCPOA was to bribe the Iranians to hold off on building a bomb until Obama left office by legitimizing a future Iranian bomb while filling the regime’s coffers with hundreds of billions of dollars. The effect of the deal was to arm and fund the country that Obama saw as America’s new ally in the region.

Read the full article in Tablet Magazine.

Related Articles

On the U.S. Election and Its Implications for the Middle East and Europe

Peter Rough

In an interview with ELNET Germany, Peter Rough discusses the impact of a change from a Trump-led administration to a Biden-led information on the rel...

Watch Now

India’s Protectionism Might Hinder Its Economic Growth — and Affect Global Partnerships

Aparna Pande

Indians elated by projections of a post-COVID-19 economic recovery must remember that these projections are predicated on India maintaining an...

Continue Reading

Addressing the Sino-Russian Challenge

Richard Weitz

The Trump administration has described the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation as the most significant great-power challengers to ...

Continue Reading