As John Adams once said, “facts are stubborn things.” But facts can also be humiliating, as Donald Trump learned the hard way this week.
Despite months of promising to “rip up” the Iran nuclear deal that was achieved by the Obama Administration, Trump had to admit that Iran has complied with the agreement and re-certified the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Under the agreement, which was reached in 2015, Iran must drastically scale back their effort to get a nuclear weapons and must submit to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. In return for cooperating with the terms of the agreement, economic sanctions placed on Iran by the United States and the United Nations would be lifted. So far, the agreement has worked. Iran’s nuclear program has been reduced and inspectors have been allowed in to do their job without hassle.
In other words, Iran is living up to their end of the deal. That means the United States must live up to theirs.
And that means Donald Trump had no choice but to admit that Iran has complied and put his name on the re-certification of the agreement. Of course, Trump threw a hissy fit about having to do it.
According to an administration official, Trump “spent 55 minutes telling them he did not want to” honor the agreement. In the end, officials made it clear to Trump that facts trump campaign rhetoric, especially since Trump’s own Director of National Intelligence confirmed the IAEA report giving Iran a passing grade.
“Iran’s implementation of the JCPOA has extended the amount of time Iran would need to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon from a few months to about a year,” Director Dan Coats said.
That means President Obama’s effort to reach an agreement with Iran paid off and should be considered a major foreign policy success.
Clearly, this has angered and humiliated Trump, who repeatedly derided the agreement as “bad” for America. It also embarrasses Republicans, who frequently attacked the agreement.
And that is precisely why this is so hilarious. Donald Trump had to admit that he and his fellow Republicans were wrong all along about the agreement and that President Obama was right.
But they only have themselves to blame. Their effort to obstruct and oppose Obama at all costs has crippled their credibility. Iran’s compliance with the agreement makes that incredibly clear and now all of them have egg on their faces.
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