“What the president needs to do (about Iran) is pretty obvious.” @Danielle Pletka @AEI @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres.

Oct 27, 2017, 04:10 AM

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“What the president needs to do (about Iran) is pretty obvious.” @Danielle Pletka @AEI @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres.

For the president to pass the buck displays neither leadership nor courage. At a minimum, Mr. Trump needs to tell members of Congress what he wants them to do, and then work to ensure the resulting legislation can pass. And whether he decertifies the pact or not, the president must decide by Jan. 12 whether to waive once again the application of one in a broad set of sanctions that existed before the deal was struck and that have been suspended since. It is these waivers, not presidential certifications under the review law, that keep the nuclear deal alive. Last month, at the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Trump demanded freedom for American hostages held by Tehran and called on Iran’s government to “stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.” Fine words, but it remains unclear what the president plans to do to have his demands realized. Partisans may trade blame, but whether because of the 2003 United States-led invasion of Iraq or the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq in 2011, Iran’s efforts to destabilize the Middle East have accelerated. The Syrian civil war only contributed to the perfect storm. Tehran is now aggressively interfering in countries from Afghanistan to the Eastern Mediterranean, and perhaps even farther. And while some place blame on Sunni governments such as Saudi Arabia for providing Iran with opportunities to meddle, Sunni repression hardly excuses Iran’s transfer of weapons to Yemen, Lebanon and others in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions or Tehran’s broader efforts to undermine American allies like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

• http://www.aei.org/publication/president-trumps-failing-leadership-on-iran/ • https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-house-approves-bill-to-sanction-iran-for-ballistic-missiles/