Will He or Won't He? The Nuclear Version
Trump Expected to Drop a Diplomatic Bombshell on the Iran Deal
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
Crossroads with Michelle Makori & David Shuster / i24News
October 6, 2017
Matthew RJ Brodsky joins i24News Senior National Corespondent Michael Shure and Senior Diplomatic Corespondent Nina Larsen on "ClearCut" with David Shuster and Derricke Dennis to discuss President Trump's nuclear deal options with Iran.
Asked if the U.S. runs the risk of losing international credibility or being seen as a nation that can't be trusted if it backs away from agreements, Brodsky replies that on the contrary it will serve as a reminder to any future commander-in-chief that international agreements that function as a treaty need to be passed through Congress like a treaty. Such sweeping deals shouldn't be implemented by executive fiat because whatever is accomplished by executive orders can be undone by the next president. Clearly, Barack Obama expected a different candidate to win the 2016 election and secure his foreign policy legacy.
Regarding President Trump's plan for the nuclear deal with Iran, Brodsky believes he will withhold certification and use the opportunity to reestablish much needed leverage, which he will then use to strengthen the deal. He also explains how those who would prefer that the president walk away from the deal do so not because they are warmongers but because they have no reason to believe the U.S. will achieve a better outcome in negotiations. David Shuster asks, "why would Iran be willing to fix these so-called holes in the agreement now when they weren't for the previous 13 years?" Brodsky responds that that is precisely the point those who want to walk away are making. Why should the U.S. expect to get more now with less leverage than before?