A Self-Inflicted Gunshot in America’s Relations with Its Allies

A Self-Inflicted Gunshot in America’s Relations with Its Allies

A widening of already existing cracks in the transatlantic alliance

President Trump’s usual rages against Iran and the landmark nuclear deal—to which U.S is a signatory—reached comic proportions when this week at his UN début, he called the deal an “embarrassment”. Trump’s repeated attempts to look tough on Iran have been symbolized by his incessant criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. The astonishing thing about Trump’s anti-Iran diatribe is that almost no one on international stage takes him seriously with the exception of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his newly found friends in Riyadh.

What appears to be the actual embarrassment is the unanimous rejection of America’s stance on the Iran nuclear deal by its key European (France, U.K, Germany) and Asian (South Korea, Japan, Singapore) allies, as well as that of Russia and China, two signatories to the Iran nuclear deal. Over the last six months, key U.S allies have cemented new trade deals and mega contracts with Iran to the tune of $30 billion dollars.

The Trump administration is widening the already existing cracks in the transatlantic alliance by turning away from commitments that were shaped because of U.S leadership and U.S diplomatic engagements. Trump’s futile attempts at isolating Iran and pressuring it to change its regional policies have already started to backfire in the form of isolating Washington from its key European and Asian allies. The net result of this policy has been Tehran’s ability to enhance its diplomatic maneuvering.

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