On the Road to Doha: Iran, Iran in Syria, by Mike Doran, Hudson Institute; with Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Christopher Nixon Cox

Jan 12, 04:44 AM

(Photo: Return of Iranian Casualties from the Syrian civil war to Kermanshah, Iran.

Iran and Syria are close strategic allies, and Iran has provided significant support for the SyrianGovernment in the Syrian Civil War, including logistical, technical and financial support, as well as training and some combat troops. Iran sees the survival of the Syrian government as being crucial to its regional interests.)

Mike Doran, Hudson Institute (and Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Christopher Nixon Cox) in re: Iran, Iran in Syria. Some say, “This is not the time to undo the Iran deal.” What that means is change the terms while keeping the deal. If Pres Trump were simply to scrap the deal outright, look at who’s arrayed against him: Mattis, Tillerson most Dems in Congress, some GOP, zero Europeans much of re US press, and he Chinese, Russians, Iranians, etc. The deal is an abomination and I’d like to see it go away, but scrapping it summarily wd be an escalation in the conflict with Iran. Our No 1 priority is to articulate clearly what's wrong with the deal, how we thin it needs to be changed, and lay out the ground clearly, rationally and reasonably. A question of sequencing: US law, if Iran doesn't abide by the terms permanently we’ll reimpose the sanctions. Step 1: unify Dems and OGOP on what’s wrong with the deal; 2, engage our allies and the rest of the world. · https://www.hudson.org/research/14104-don-t-end-the-iran-deal-fix-it · https://www.voanews.com/a/us-house-cheers-iran-protests-condemns-human-rights-violations/4200675.html · https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/09/trump-iran-reagan-sanctions-history-216261 Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in Middle East security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served in the Bush administration as a senior advisor in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon. Some say, “This is not the time to undo the Iran deal.” What that means is change the terms while keeping the deal. If Pres Trump were simply to scrap the deal outright, look at who’s arrayed against him: Mattis, Tillerson most Dems in Congress, some GOP, zero Europeans much of re US press, and he Chinese, Russians, Iranians, etc. The deal is an abomination and I’d like to see it go away, but scrapping it summarily wd be an escalation in the conflict with Iran. Our No 1 priority is to articulate clearly what's wrong with the deal, how we thin it needs to be changed, and lay out the ground clearly, rationally and reasonably. A question of sequencing: US law, if Iran doesn't abide by the terms permanently we’ll reimpose the sanctions. Step 1: unify Dems and OGOP on what’s wrong with the deal; 2, engage our allies and the rest of the world. · https://www.hudson.org/research/14104-don-t-end-the-iran-deal-fix-it · https://www.voanews.com/a/us-house-cheers-iran-protests-condemns-human-rights-violations/4200675.html · https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/01/09/trump-iran-reagan-sanctions-history-216261 Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in Middle East security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served in the Bush administration as a senior advisor in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.