Three Things the Biden Administration Must Do Now to Stop Iran’s Mullahs

If the Biden administration thought that by rescuing Iran’s economy, which had hit bottom, and removing the Houthis from the list of Foreign Terror Organizations would make both Iran into an ally, the generosity appears to have backfired.

If the Iranian regime is allowed to advance to nuclear weapons capability, it will be on course finally to drive the US out of the region; threaten its oil-rich neighbors; destabilize Europe; deploy military assets in Venezuela and Cuba, and, at last, come for the “Great Satan,” the United States.

It must be made unmistakably clear to Iran that the United States will not allow Iran’s current regime, a designated state sponsor of terrorism, to arm itself with nuclear weapons and emerge as yet another global nuclear threat in the Middle East, Europe and South America.

The Biden administration’s policies of placating the ruling mullahs of Iran and their proxy, Yemen’s Houthis, have clearly failed. If the Biden administration thought that by rescuing Iran’s economy, which had hit bottom, and removing the Houthis from the list of Foreign Terror Organizations would make both Iran into an ally, the generosity appears to have backfired. Iran’s regime financed and helped plan the invasion of the invasion of Israel by Hamas, which is another Iranian proxy. Iran has been arming the Houthis to target US and its allies in the region, and disrupt the shipping in the Red Sea, and Iran’s militias in Syria and Iraq have fired on US troops more than 100 times just since October 17.

It is only the warships that the Biden administration helpfully placed in the Eastern Mediterranean that have most likely deterred yet another Iranian proxy, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, from further escalating their attacks on Israel’s north. The Iranian regime has become disruptive to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war, and unfortunately, due to what seems a hugely misguided security paralysis in Washington D.C, shows no signs of letting up.

If the Iranian regime is allowed to advance to nuclear weapons capability, it will be on course finally to drive the US out of the region; threaten its oil-rich neighbors; destabilize Europe; deploy military assets in Venezuela and Cuba, and, at last, come for the “Great Satan,” the United States.

Iran’s involvement in the wars against Ukraine and Israel continues to broaden. Iran and Russia are fast making headway constructing a plant in Russia that will mass-produce Iranian-designed kamikaze drones, presumably to help Moscow attack Ukrainian targets.

Iran, meanwhile, has been trying, through its proxy, Hamas, to annihilate the “Little Satan,” and has reportedly ordered its elite militias in Syria into southern Lebanon “to participate in attacks on Israel.” The regime’s nuclear program has also reached a critical point as it apparently just is a technical step away from producing nuclear bombs.

The Biden administration, it turns out, has not only been funding both sides of two wars — Hamas’s invasion of Israel, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — it has also indirectly started both wars, dating from its surrender to the Taliban by abandoning Afghanistan. The US also abandoned, as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran surely noticed, an unknown number of Americans; friends who for 20 years had risked their lives helping the US; a $96 million dollar air base, an $806 million dollar embassy, and $7 billion in new, state-of-the-art military equipment.

The Biden administration needs to apply three policies, which in all likelihood it will not do – which is why Iran keeps on escalating:

First, the administration should make it plain to Iran’s ruling mullahs that if Tehran advances its nuclear program further, all military options are on the table. It must be made unmistakably clear to Iran that the United States will not allow Iran’s current regime, a designated state sponsor of terrorism, to arm itself with nuclear weapons and emerge as yet another global nuclear threat in the Middle East, Europe and South America.

Second, economic sanctions, to cut the flow of funds to Iran and its terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, must be re-imposed, rather than have the US look the other way. The Biden administration, in addition, needs to stand firm with secondary sanctions against countries such as China, which are violating US sanctions by buying oil or trading with Iran. Countries can choose to do business with the US or with Iran — but not both.

As Tehran’s major revenues come from exporting oil, US Senator Lindsay Graham has suggested targeting Iran’s oil refineries:

"What I would do is I would bomb Iran's oil infrastructure. The money financing terrorism comes from Iran. It's time for this terrorist state to pay a price for financing and supporting all this chaos."

Removing even just one oil refinery might also “send a message” and persuade Iran’s ruling mullahs to rethink their plans.

Presumably intended as bribes in exchange for not starting wars, these billions of dollars are now being used predictably to start wars — and to finance terrorism. US taxpayers, therefore, have been paying for the murder of at least 31 Americans at the hands of Hamas on October 7; the abduction by Hamas of “20 or more Americans” who have been held hostage; the Iranian bounties on the heads of former US officials, and the finishing touches that Iran is undoubtedly putting on its nuclear weapons program.

In April 2023, a bipartisan group of 12 US Senators urged the Biden administration to enforce Iranian oil sanctions, writing:

"United States sanctions should be enforced to the fullest extent of the law. As Iranian oil sales continue to rise, and the IRGC continues to target U.S. citizens and service members, including inside the U.S., it is imperative that we use all available government assets to limit the activities of the Iranian regime."

Everyone understands that Team Biden wants to win the presidential election next November and are anxious not to provoke an escalation. The problem is that, as with British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, it is precisely this posture of fear that invites aggression. “You were given the choice between war and dishonour,” Winston Churchill said in response to Chamberlain signing the Munich Agreement in 1938, “You chose dishonour and you will have war.”

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