Iran Doesn’t Understand ‘Maximum Pressure’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2012 (Carn Firouz/Reuters)
The theocracy grows more desperate by the day and can no longer rely on its usual tactics to thwart its Arab enemies and the West.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I ran has misjudged not only the toxic effects of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” sanctions on the regime but also the entire psychology of U.S. policy toward Iran. The result is that Iranian unemployment is soaring, its gross domestic product is tanking, inflation is raging, oil prices are crashing, and its friends are fewer than ever — and for the first time in 40 years, the regime believes that it must do something quite radical before it implodes.

2020 is not 1979, not 1983, not 1986, not 2004–2007, and not 2011 — all years when Iran variously pressured the U.S. by


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