Friends and allies realize America First has broad support in the US and isn’t going away
The Biden administration’s nascent foreign policy was dealt a major setback when Iran declined to join informal talks this week brokered by the European Union with the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K., Germany and France. Their purpose was to discuss starting new U.S.-Iran negotiations to bring the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the JCPOA.
Iranian officials declined to attend the meeting, stating: “Iran does not consider this the time to hold an informal meeting with these countries,” insisting that they do not want to hold talks with the U.S. until it first drops all sanctions on Iran.
Iran’s decision came just after a Washington Post story that America’s friends and allies are hedging their bets on supporting Biden’s new foreign policy because they believe the political pendulum could swing back in a few years with the reelection of Donald Trump or another Republican as president.
The Biden administration has mocked and tried to reverse President Trump’s successful “America First” approach to national security intended to keep the U.S. safe while looking out for the American people’s interests and staying out of unnecessary wars.
The Post story indicates that America’s friends and allies realize America First has broad support in the United States and isn’t going away.
Iranian officials probably believe this too and are reluctant to join nuclear talks with Biden’s diplomats because whatever they negotiate will be immediately reversed by a Republican president in January 2025.
Biden is repeating President Obama’s mistake about the Iranian regime: he believes that if the U.S. offers the right concessions, it could partner with Iran and negotiate an historic agreement to rein-in Iran’s nuclear program and promote peace in the Middle East. Biden officials also wrongly believed Iranian officials would immediately embrace them because of their mutual hatred of President Trump.
There’s no question Iranian leaders intensely hate Donald Trump – but they also hate Joe Biden. This is because Iran is a radical Islamist state that wants to destroy the United States, Western culture and our way of life. The election of a Democratic American president didn’t change this. Iran’s ruling mullahs will still cry out “death to America!” even though Trump has left office.
Moreover, both America’s friends and enemies are having trouble taking Biden’s foreign policy seriously because it has no focus other than reinstituting Obama’s failed policies and undoing what Trump accomplished.
Biden has compounded this problem with his frequent declarations of “America is back” as a theme for his foreign policy. This statement reflects the views of American liberals that America under President Trump withdrew from the world, did not work with our allies and embraced isolationism.
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Author: Fred Fleitz
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