A group of congressional Republicans is calling upon President Joe Biden and his administration to give up its pursuit of another nuclear deal with Iran following recent Iranian aggression.
The Republicans, led by Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) did so in a letter that they sent to Biden last week.
That letter, in part, reads:
During a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East, it sends a dangerous message to our friends and adversaries that we continue to lift sanctions and negotiate with the largest state sponsor of terrorism as they attack us. This attack is yet another reminder that your administration is setting the wrong priorities by working to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal.
“If Iran is willing to engage in this kind of behavior while negotiations are still ongoing, imagine the respect they will have for any agreement once the ink is dry,” the Republicans added.
The attack . . .
. . . that the Republicans are referring to is the one that took place at the al-Tanf base in Syria last month. There, U.S. and coalition forces have been teaching the Syrians, among other things, how to combat the Islamic State.
In mid-October, the base was targeted by what Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby called a “complex, coordinated, and deliberate attack.” It is believed that around five drones with explosives targeted the base.
Reports indicate that Iran is believed to have played a role in the attack. Politico reported:
Officials said Monday [October 25th] the U.S. believes that Iran resourced and encouraged the attack, but that the drones were not launched from Iran. They were Iranian drones, and Iran appears to have facilitated their use, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not been made public.
There were no reports of injuries or deaths from the attack.
In their letter, the Republicans raised an important question that the Biden administration has yet to answer, namely, why would the United States continue negotiating with Iran following this attack.
The background here is that Biden and his administration have been desperately working to get Iran back into former President Barack Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal.
Iran has been playing hardball refusing to enter back into negotiations until the economic sanctions placed on the regime by former President Donald Trump are removed. And, the crazy thing is that the Biden administration has signaled to Iran that it is willing to capitulate.
Now, negotiations are expected to pick back up towards the end of November. The Biden administration has simply decided to overlook a direct attack on Iran by American and colation forces.