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Biden Iran policy is looming disaster

Biden Iran policy is looming disaster

While the left is myopically focused on January 6, 2021, there are critical events that are not being covered in the news media.  One of the more significant is the status of the “Iran negotiations.”

Among Biden’s campaign promises was to have the United States re-enter the old Iran Nuclear agreement.  That was the deal he and President Obama struck with the terrorist leaders of that Persian nation.  What America got was a difficult to verify promise from the radical Muslim leadership would not advance a nuclear weapon program for at least 15 years.  Almost immediately, Iran started chipping away at compliance.

In return, sanctions that were crippling the Iranian economy were lifted and almost one-half of a billion dollars in cash was sent to Tehran in an airplane.  That money could easily be used to continue to subsidize the terrorist attacks on Israel by Hamas – and probably was.  Iran has been the Middle East’s primary state sponsor of international terrorism.  

Biden’s promise to re-enter the agreement was not only a boneheaded plan – appealing only to the more extreme isolationist elements on the left – and was not a promise Biden could keep even at the time he made it.  The time for agreement with Iran was over.  Of course, that became obvious once Biden tried to implement his campaign commitment.

One of the reasons that the Biden plan was dead on arrival in Tehran is that Iran had already been advancing their nuclear capabilities even as the old agreement was theoretically in place between Iran and the other signatories to the agreement – including France, Britain, and Russia.

Even before the United States withdrew, there was growing evidence that Iran was moving in the direction of developing weapons-grade nuclear material – and were pursuing development of long-range missiles, which apparently were not included … barred … in the Agreement.  The latter was borne out recently when Iran test fired a long-range missile – a weapon that was obviously in development for years.

In a desperate attempt to get Iran to the negotiating table, Biden has actually lifted some of the sanctions on Iran.  That’s right.  While the ayatollahs in Tehran are thumbing their noses at Biden – moving forward on weapons-grade uranium and delivery systems – he is relaxing sanctions unilaterally.  Sanctions have not proven to be the most effective way to deter actions on aggressive nations but lifting them removes even their limited value.

Biden is doing that even as the White House (Biden) has conceded that Iran has made “significant advances” in developing nuclear weaponry.  As Iran makes advances, Biden retreats.

As was the case in Afghanistan – and is now the case in Ukraine – the Biden foreign policy is to concede and then face ultimate defeat.  Under Biden the United States is not only falling from the pinnacle of world leadership, but the nation is also becoming an insignificant player – a nation that our allies can no longer rely upon and our adversaries need no longer fear.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tom

    Larry, I agree with you on Iran. But I do not think the fat lady has sung yet in Ukraine. I do not think our Middle East foreign policy has been good since Carter. And every president thereafter seemed to bungle the Middle East. And it all led up to Desert Storm and Desert Shield. But Ukraine is a bit different. Biden must act through NATO. It seems France and Germany are not as on-board as other NATO countries are with stopping Putin. Let’s face it, sending 5,000 helmets as Germany did, is not what I would call a meaningful contribution. And this surprises me since stopping Bulchevism and Communism was a major underlying cause for Hitler’s rise to power. But then again, Germany is looking after her best interests just like she does with China. She gets plenty of energy from Russia and China is her biggest export market. So I think Biden is showing all the leadership he can right now given that some of the major players do not appear fully committed at this point. Biden and NATO have managed to make Putin think twice, and most likely surprised him with how they would pull together. And they may have Putin on the ropes more than they know, as Putin is facing opposition, poor economy, and an election later this year – so body bags coming home to mother Russia are not in his best interests. Additionally, if he attacks, he loses the pipeline technology he desperately needs to fund mother Russia. And the shelling of Ukrainian Russians by Russian separatists yesterday did not work. So all is not well for him. I think just about now he is looking for a face saving way out. If Biden and NATO can resolve this without a hot war, I hope you will give him credit. But lets wait and see what tune the fat lady sings. Will she sing “Give Peace a Chance” or “War – What are you good for!”

  2. Ben

    If only we hadn’t interfered with the democratically elected Iranian government in 1979, perhaps we wouldn’t be in this position.
    It seems some never learn the lessons history provides.

    • Ben

      And some idiots think that we are safe from Muslims

  3. larry Horist

    You mean the Khomeini government? I do not recall a democratic government following the Shah. We went from a autocrat who allied with America to an autocrat who declared war on the Infidels. He took over in a revolution and declared himself as the Supreme Leader in 1979.