Less than six months into Joe Biden’s tenure in the White House, the world has become increasingly dangerous, and the Iranian regime appears back in business.
Here’s what many Americans may not know — the current president’s fondness for the Islamic republic is nothing new.
“I believe that an improved relationship with Iran is in the naked self-interest of the United States and, I would presume to suggest, Iran’s interest as well,” Biden was remembered saying as far back as 2002.
By 2008, Middle East scholars such as Michael Rubin called Biden “Tehran’s favorite senator.”
“Biden’s unyielding pursuit of ‘engagement’ with Iran for more than a decade has made it easier for Tehran to pursue its nuclear program,” Rubin reportedly said about then-candidate Barack Obama working with Biden as a potential vice president.
Today, one can talk at length about how Biden’s weakness and shift to extreme liberalism unraveled the fragile Middle East peace established by former President Donald Trump. Former CIA Director Gina Haspel resigned, refusing to work for Biden’s handlers. She brought decades of experience as a deep-cover operative. Her expertise as a CIA agent allowed her to blend in and thwart America’s unsuspecting enemies. They lost sleep with Haspel directing operations.
She was replaced by career bureaucrat William Joseph Burns, who started running promotional videos about the spy agency recruiting transgender candidates for a newly-minted politically correct working environment. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hasn’t exactly been quaking in his boots.
America looks weaker because those on the front lines concern themselves more with left-wing lunacy than keeping everyday people safe. Doubling down on systemic weakness, Biden has kowtowed to the radical Islamic regime and empowered its leaders to increase funding the Hamas terrorists.
One of Biden’s first miscues was to withdraw the Trump-era sanction imposed on Iran through the U.N. Former President Trump took the opportunity to further strangle the economic flexibility of the world’s leading funder of terrorism. The regime failed to comply with the nuclear deal brokered by Obama and Biden. That misstep allowed Mr. Trump to demand U.N. “snapback” sanctions go into effect.
EU leaders were none-to-pleased at the time because they were willing to negotiate with terrorists to open a potential new market. Many believe removing those sanctions by Joe Biden allowed Iran to increase its financial support to Hamas and wage war on Israel. Iran reportedly increased its support of Hamas terrorists from $70 million to upwards of $100 million. It’s not hard to connect the dots and figure out how they paid for the more than 4,000 rockets recently fired at Israel.
Everyday Americans may be curious what punitive actions Biden will take against Iran for its part in the loss of civilian life in Israel and Gaza. The answer may stun even the most politically jaded citizen. The White House already sent special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, to Vienna for “indirect” negotiations with Iran.
“But much work still needs to be done,” Malley reportedly tweeted. “On our way to Vienna for a fifth-round where we hope we can further advance toward a mutual return to compliance.”
Former President Trump would have had a very different reaction than endless talk. And in what appears to be an indirect snub of Joe Biden, the head of Iran’s civilian program reported the regime “stockpiled 5 tons of uranium enriched up to 5 percent purity, 90 kilograms (198 pounds) enriched up to 20 percent and 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) up to 60 percent,” according to media reports.
Given the recent bloodshed in Israel and Gaza, it seems Iran is sending Joe Biden a message. He’s too weak to stand the line against terrorism, and Iran now operates with impunity. Anti-Semitic attacks have already spread across the U.S. and U.K. after policies welcoming Islamic extremists for years. Yes, Iran is back in business promoting hatred of Jews, and Biden refuses to make them pay for it.