by Sarah Willson
It has been almost two years since the United States entered into one of the most successful negotiations involving the Middle East: the Iran Nuclear Deal.
The program, which was created by former President Barack Obama back in 2015 with the goal of limiting Iran’s nuclear power, has been nothing short of a success for both the American people and those in the Muslim world.
Not only has the deal prevented Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but it has also resulted in less expensive oil, a large influx of incoming cash from the Middle East and a massive diplomatic victory for the U.S.
However, despite the deal’s success, President Donald Trump made it clear last week that he is strongly considering withdrawing the United States from the program, calling it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”
The deal, which Trump seems to have no particular knowledge of, has not only kept the U.S. safe, but also Iran from the horrors of a nuclear showdown.
And although Trump has repeatedly whined about the deal being “terrible,” there is no actual evidence on whether or not he genuinely knows anything about it.
There is no reason to believe that the deal is the worst history has to offer, and frankly, Trump’s constant complaining about it is the least of Americans’ worries.
The president is claiming he has made a decision on whether or not the U.S. will continue to take part in the Iran nuclear deal, despite the fact that he has yet to make his stance public.
To put it bluntly, if Trump were to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, both the U.S. and Iran could suffer potentially fatal consequences.
And although it is no secret the U.S. and Iran have had a long, strenuous relationship, it appears that it could only become worse with the death of Obama’s deal.
First and foremost, there is no good reason to scrap the deal, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has already promised that his country would “not be first” to violate the nuclear agreement. In a sense, Trump is trying to fix something that is not broken.
Aside from this, leaving the deal would only provoke Iran to restart and regain strength with their nuclear program, which, in the long run, could create chaos for both countries.
The withdrawal would also shorten the amount of time it would take for Iran to gather enough materials for a bomb, going from at least one year to as little as two months.
Worst of all, the U.S. would no longer be able to track Iran’s nuclear activity with random inspections, giving Iran the ability to create and use nuclear weapons at any point in time, ultimately threatening the U.S. and its allies.
With all of these dangers as results of withdrawing from the deal, the U.S. could face yet another nuclear threat. The United States already has one potential crisis with North Korea; we certainly do not need another one.
Although it is believed that Trump is not to announce his final decision until later this week, the U.S. can be certain that a pull from one of the most successful deals in history, could become one of the most disastrous decisions in history.