Thankfully, on Tuesday the Iranian missile attack on Iraqi bases holding US troops wasn’t as bad as previously reported. We went from 30 casualties and MSNBC spreading Iranian propaganda to… no casualties, as in zero. But you know what, Tuck Frump anyway, or so the media memo goes. Though as Ted Cruz points out, if you want to blame a president for the missile attack, maybe take a look at the previous guy.
If you look at Iran policy I think you’ve seen a dramatic shift. Under Barack Obama, the policy was appeasement. The policy under the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal under Obama was to give over $100 billion to Iran. They literally flew $1.7 billion in cash in unmarked bills on pallets in the dead of night into Iran. In a very real sense, the missiles that we saw fired on U.S. service men and women tonight were paid for by the billions the Obama administration flooded the ayatollah with and if history teaches anything its don’t give billions of dollars who hate you and want to kill you.
Who could have guessed Obama’s Iran deal would backfire as spectacularly as it did (see Obama’s Deal: Iran Now Mocking Crying American Soldiers on TV… and UH OH: Iran Hacked Obama’s State Department During Iran Deal Negotiations. Media?)? I wonder if the Iran deal will come up at the next Democrat debate. More likely, it’ll be another glorified joint press conference to see who can blame Trump more better than all of the other candidates.
There never seem to be any good options for the Middle East, just a lot of less bad options. Where the order of their less badedness to most badedness gets jumbled around regularly by newly self-deigned experts on Twitter. If you’re going to rush to Twitter to blame presidents for Iran, the problems didn’t just start a week ago. Remember that.