I know people who absolutely hate surprises. When they do not know what they are getting into, they would rather just walk away. If they feel that they are dealing with others they cannot trust, no matter the potential upside, they want no part of it. And that is exactly what should have happened with Iran.
The Washington Times reports
Iran’s leaders on Tuesday revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed weapons bunker stocked with ballistic missiles, adding to President Obama’s diplomatic headaches in the region at a time when tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have soared to new heights.
The revelation prompted fresh hand-wringing within the Obama administration, which has awkwardly sought to avoid taking sides since the regional saber rattling ratcheted up over the weekend with Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and the subsequent sacking of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.
As more and more is learned about the Iranians and their determination to have certain weapons, the more we see that this was not a good deal. We first find out that they have been working toward ballistic missiles. If this was not bad enough, we find that they have not told us everything. But how is this a shock?
The Times continues
Officials at the White House, Pentagon and State Department tiptoed for a second day Tuesday around the issue of how the escalation might strain the administration’s attempts to improve ties with Iran, the world’s leading Shiite Muslim regime, without alienating Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies. That effort took another hit Tuesday when Kuwait said it was recalling its ambassador to Iran, two days after Saudi Arabia announced a complete diplomatic break with Tehran.
Many want to point to the fact that this is causing problems between the Saudis and us, but this is not the problem at all.
The Washington Times reports
Sectarian tensions have carried on in the region for centuries, and Saudi-Iran friction has boiled quietly since the mid-2000s, when the U.S.-led campaign that ousted Iraq’s Saddam Hussein — a pro-Sunni dictator — was seen as clearing the way for a Shiite-dominated government with close ties to Iran to take over in Baghdad. The Iran nuclear deal last year crystallized fears in Saudi Arabia that the Obama administration was ready to end Iran’s diplomatic and economic isolation in the region.
The administration appeared over the past year to have successfully appeased Riyadh by providing weaponry and verbal support for Saudi Arabia’s war against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen
But have we not done worse than let down the Saudis? It is of more concern that we have let our only real ally in the region down; Israel. It is unlikely that Iran has designs to use nuclear weapons on Saudi Arabia. They have all but said that they would use them on Israel.
As I reported, this is not Iran’s first breach in the nuclear deal. The question now is, what are we going to do about these breaks? If the past is any indication, we will do nothing.
And once again our enemies will be emboldened.