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The Obama Administration and Iran

K-Lo points us to David Feith’s timely reminder about the Iranian terror plot in Washington. It made me revisit what the Obama Justice Department said about the Iranian regime in the sworn complaint supporting the arrests:

[T]he IRGC [i.e., the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] is an arm of the Iranian military; the IRGC is suspected of having been involved in a number of foreign operations; t’he IRGC is composed of a number of branches, one of which is the Qods Force. The Qods Force conducts sensitive covert operations abroad, including terrorist attacks, assassinations, and kidnappings, and provides weapons and training to Iran’s terrorist and militant allies. Among many other things, the Qods Force is believed to sponsor attacks against Coalition Forces in Iraq, and in October 2007, the United States Treasury Department designated the Qods Force, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, for providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations.

Notice, not a word about nukes. Just the regime that has been a state sponsor of terrorism for over 30 years, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and whose top policy imperative, since 1979, has been “death to America.”

Once again, the problem in Iran is the regime, not the nukes. The foreign policy of the United States should unapologetically and overtly be organized around the goal of regime change. That doesn’t necessarily require military invasion, although we should not shy from that when they kill and threaten us. But Obama — like his predecessors — is using the levers of American power in an effort to obtain a grand deal with the mullahs, myopically focused on nuclear power with no accounting of the regime’s much more serious decades of terror promotion and incorrigible anti-Americanism.

Why would we even think about cutting a deal with the mullahs — on nukes or anything else? Nothing this regime could say or do at this point could be trusted. We should not want a deal with these guys, so it’s just mind-boggling that we keep groveling for one. We should want them gone, we should be squeezing them every way we can toward that end, we should make no secret about it, we should support the regime’s opponents in Iran, and we should make other countries understand that if they want to have cordial relations with Iran, we are going to make their lives difficult.

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