Following Iranian-backed missile attack on U.S. troops, Biden administration offers to re-open Iran nuclear talks

by Peter Heck · Feb 19th, 2021 6:13 am

Last Updated Feb 19th, 2021 at 9:22 pm

After Iranian-backed militants attacked U.S. troops in Iraq earlier this week, the Biden administration has confounded many foreign policy experts by responding with a capitulating concession to Tehran, sacrificing all American leverage by offering to restart nuclear deal talks with Iran.

"The Biden Administration is repeating the mistakes of the Obama Administration," national security expert Tim Morrison said. "It's making concessions to get nothing more than a meeting. The Iran deal was dangerously flawed in 2015. In 2021, with key provisions expired, it's simply national security malpractice to return to that deal. The Trump Administration bequeathed Biden tremendous leverage over Iran — it must not squander it."

Morrison is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and served the previous president in an advisory capacity on the National Security Council. His comments come after State Department spokesman Ned Price declared a willingness on the part of the Biden administration to re-enter talks with the world's leading state-sponsor of terror, on a way forward for Iran's nuclear ambition.

Iran has become increasingly aggressive with its nuclear program, harboring massive quantities of enriched uranium, as well as investing in advanced centrifuges necessary for nuclear weapons. Tehran has effectively blocked the International Atomic Energy Agency from investigating or overseeing their actions, preventing them from accessing sites and facilities that would be used if Iran was, contrary to their public statements, pursuing such weapons.

Many foreign policy experts regarded the Obama nuclear deal a blunder for the United States. Weapons expert Dr. Peter Fry blamed a "technical ignorance" on the part of lawmakers as being responsible for the ill-conceived treaty.

"When Obama signed that thing, he let them off the hook, to prove that they didn't have the bomb yet – and I think it was on purpose because he was so anxious to get that deal to set up his legacy and everything," Fry commented in 2017.

It appears that the Biden administration is returning to that foreign policy approach.

"Iran takes cheating on the nuclear deal to the next level, fires rockets at Americans in Erbil just days ago, then threatens to keep nuclear inspectors out, and how does Biden respond? Absolutely chokes," Rebeccah Heinrichs, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute remarked.


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