I’m old enough to remember when Comrade Trump claimed that the nuclear deal with Iran was the worst deal ever, and if he was prznint, well, the deal would be thrown out and a new deal would be so much better. Let’s look at what led to Comrade Trump’s ALL-CAPS MELTDOWN!
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani knew an anti-Iran speech was coming from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, so he warned that the world, “must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace.” Rouhani also said: “Do not play with the lion’s tail, because you will regret it eternally.”
And thus the stage was set for when Pompeo, you know, threw fissionable material on the fire:
“The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government. These hypocritical holy men have devised all kinds of crooked schemes to become some of the wealthiest men on Earth while their people suffer.” — US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo
…which led to:
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
A vague promise to get rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons is acceptable while a specific agreement that precludes Iran’s nuclear weapons is not.
But the press is no longer talking about the Hellmouth in Helsinki.
So, you know, we got that working for us.