To anyone who understands the underlying narrative of his administration, President Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that the US would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran was of little surprise.
That it was greeted with shock in Europe shows the chasm of comprehension that exists between the continents at present.
Trump was clear and correct in saying that the “decaying and rotten” structure of the deal could not prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons, given that it was time-limited by a sunset clause. It did not constrain Iran, as a report published by the Henry Jackson Society this week showed, from continuing to improve its ballistic missile capabilities. And it did not stop Tehran from continuing to spread extremism and violence across the Middle East, most notably in Syria.
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