President Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” on Wednesday. With good reason: the autocrat’s troops have bombed hospitals, schools and other civilian facilities, wantonly slaughtered children and staged demonstrations in Ukrainian cities to force them into submission.
But Biden, as always, didn’t mean it.
It turns out that the revived Iran deal now under discussion includes a massive waiver of sanctions on Russia’s nuclear projects in Iran, such as state energy giant Rosatom’s plan to build the Bushehr reactor – a $10 billion project.
So the sanctions that Biden upholds as a terrible punishment for a war criminal are proving to be entirely dependent on a much smaller (and extremely bad) goal: reviving the Iran deal.
Aside from the ugly moral implications, this is political misconduct. It jeopardizes US interests abroad and also Ukraine by telling Putin we are not that Serious; If he waits, he can expect other sanctions to be dropped.
This to revive a dreadful Act. The 2015 deal was a disaster: it emboldened Iran and helped cement its position as an emerging regional hegemon. President Donald Trump’s departure was one of his wisest foreign policy maneuvers.
Has Iran since softened its behavior to show its good faith? No. Just last week, the Revolutionary Guard claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Not to mention Iran’s threats of harm or actual plans to kill American officials like Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, whom Tehran perceives as hostile. (Yes, it released a few hostages held on trumped-up criminal charges: it knows it can take more later.)
The Biden administration has refused to press charges Bolton conspiracy conspirators over concerns it could derail efforts to revive the nuclear deal, according to a DOJ source.
Team Biden’s talking points mirror those for the 2015 deal, saying it’s the only way to stop the Islamic Republic from getting a nuclear bomb. But the first deal did put Iran on a glide path to “legally” becoming a nuclear power, and the new version is likely to do the same. Israeli experts estimate that a return to the deal would shorten the time to Iran’s nuclear weapons capability to four to six months.
Sacrificing Putin’s deterrence for such idiocy — while the White House is bragging about how tough it is going to be — only makes the crime worse.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/18/biden-talks-the-war-criminal-talk-on-putin-but-wont-walk-the-walk/ Biden addresses “war criminals” talk on Putin but won’t walk the path