The American Camp Against Iran
15 May 2016
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
Washington DC was divided into two camps about the nuclear deal and the
opening up of Iran in January. It has now become more rejecting of Iran. The
White House, which is a sponsor of relations with Iran and is enthusiastic
about them, has not changed its mind but no longer defends it as much. On the
other hand, those against dealing with Iran have grown in number and have more
Disappointment in the stances of Ayatollah Khamenei's aggressive regime has
increased, and its hostile statements to the Americans are similar to those
that it made before the nuclear deal was signed and sanctions lifted. An
official commenting on the matter said ''We knew that the regime there is bad,
but we did not expect it to be this mediocre''. The struggles and the game of
balances in the capital Tehran reflect the regime's inability to reconcile
If we analyse Congress' activities from last week, it is clear that there is a
general orientation towards restricting Iran and punishing it, and that
Washington is walking in the opposition direction to the one it was walking
towards six months ago.
The honeymoon period was cut short further due to Iran's slow implementation
of the promises related to the deal and the fact that it signed a few more big
military contracts with Russia. In addition to this, the Iranian regime's
leaders are racing to make statements against the United States, and are
besieging officials who are ''America's friends'' in Iran such as the Foreign
Minister and President Hassan Rouhani's aides.
In a noticeable setback, a large majority of Congress' Finance Committee
adopted a decision that obligates the secretary of the treasury to disclose
the liquid and fixed assets of Iran's leadership, both at home and abroad,
including those of the Supreme Leader, the President, members of the
Trusteeship Council, the Guardian Council of the Constitution and military
Those who approved the new law admit that the reason is political and they
want to expose the wealth of the Iranian leaders to their people and to the
world. The new resolution was supported by six Democrats, i.e. from the
president's party. They also urged the secretary of the treasury to keep Iran
on the list of countries classified as dangerous and non-cooperative in the
fight against money laundering.
Senator David Vitter denounced a deal to sell Boeing aircraft to Iran due to
the fact that it is classified by the US State Department as a sponsor of
terrorism. Two other members of Congress agreed with this view and sent a
letter to the head of Boeing, criticising him for the deal.
Congressman Mike Pompeo criticised the Department of the Treasury and
denounced what he called the administration's withdrawal of its promise to not
let Iran benefit from loans provided by the Export–Import Bank of the United
States to finance the Boeing deal.
Another Congressman Steve Chabot said that he is working to persuade the
administration to stop Russia from selling S-300 missiles to Iran because this
would violate sanctions.
The US President Barack Obama's administration may not change its stance on
Iran because it considers the agreement its project. However, it is likely
that the Iranian regime will be faced with a different situation when the next
American president is elected in about six months' time, whether Hillary
Clinton or Donald Trump is elected.
In my opinion, Iran will tire a lot as long as it does not want to become part
of the new world and as long as the main motive for signing the deal was to
lift sanctions and obtain money and weapons. It is wrong to compare the Obama
administration's opening up of Iran to its opening up of Cuba and Vietnam as
these two countries renounced wars and weapons years ago whilst Iran is at the
peak of its hostility and involvement in wars.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers of
Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He is
currently based in Dubai.