Jay Solomon, commenting in The Wall Street Journal on the recently concluded re-election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president, has missed the mark.
The landslide re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatens to put the Trump administration on a collision course with Europe over future policy toward Tehran.
No, what it does do is “threaten” to put Europe on a collision course with the Trump administration over future policy regarding Iran. This is because Europe, more importantly, has missed the mark:
European officials hailed the news of Mr Rouhani’s win as heralding a more moderate path for Iran over the next four years.
Many European governments hope he will use his next four years to moderate Tehran’s overseas policies….
Aside from the simple fact that hope is not a policy, not a strategy, nor even a useful tactic, there has been nothing moderate about the Rouhani administration’s push for a nuclear weapons deal that codified Iran’s “right” to acquire nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, nor has there been any semblance of moderacy in the Rouhani administration’s open support for butchery in Syria or for terrorism against Israel or for arming and controlling Shiite “militias” in Iraq, whose purpose is to serve as tools for manipulating the Iraqi government.
Hailing Hoping for a change from that to a more moderate path in this administration’s second term is…foolish.