Trump is an embarrassment to the office he holds, America’s first reality TV president, a geopolitical know-nothing manipulated by hardliners surrounding him.
His obsessive tweeting is a way of commanding national and world community attention, along with lashing out at critics.
According to psychiatrist Frederic Neuman, he aims to project a “tough guy… persona… who doesn’t take anything from anybody.”
It’s “more important [for] Trump to seem strong than to achieve some other purpose.”
He’s addicted to what he is, has always been in private and public life, no one likely to change his behavior, not family members or regime officials.
Is he trigger-happy enough to wage more wars than already if thinks it’ll help his reelection prospects?
Dr. Neuman believes “what is most important for Trump is looking tough.”
Yet toughness with one nation after another failed.
Everything he threw at China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria, and Iran failed.
The more he pushes a failed agenda, the more greatly his failure is compounded. The historical record won’t treat him kindly.
Iran is Exhibit A of his chest-pounding toughness.
His “maximum pressure” made Tehran more resilient and self-sufficient.
It likely contributed to its growing political and economic relations with China, Russia and other countries.
In August, Trump struck out trying to indefinitely extend an expiring UN arms embargo on Iran.
He struck out a second time by unsuccessfully failing to win support for imposing UN snapback sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
On Tuesday, Security Council president/Indonesia’s Dian Triansyah Djani said the body is “not in the position to take further action” on the issue after it was overwhelmingly rejected by member states—including all JCPOA signatories except the US.
Trump regime UN envoy Kelly Craft pushed back in vain, saying, “Let me just make it really, really clear. [Trump] has no fear in standing in limited company on this matter [sic].”
“I only regret that other members of this council have lost their way [sic] and now find themselves standing in the company of terrorists [sic].”
The motto on her nameplate should read: Terrorists R Us.
Commenting on snapback at the same Security Council session, Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzya’s stressed its overwhelming rejection by the body, adding: The US has no legal right to trigger snapback sanctions on Iran because it “ceased participation in the JCPOA,” an unlawful breach of the landmark international agreement.
Yet the US “is the only member of the UNSC that claims” otherwise in stark contradiction of SC Res. 2231 to which it’s a signatory.
Nebenzya stressed the “paramount” importance of preserving the JCPOA.
Its other signatories share Russia’s view—except the Trump regime as part of its failed war on Iran by other means.
There’s virtually no chance of changing its position no matter how often it’s humiliated on the world stage.
Nebenzya noted that not only is Trump’s anti-Iran’s action illegal, it’ll continue to fail if pursued further.
Commenting on Trump regime anti-Iran bullying, its Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted the following on Wednesday: “SecPompeo‘s lawless bullying leaves US isolated again.”
“While the US prevented a Sec. Council debate about its unlawful [snapback] notification on Friday, members in today’s meeting on ME refuted US’ attempt as null and void.”
“Time for @realDonaldTrump to stop listening to novice bullies” and obey the rule of law.
On issues related to the JCPOA, snapback, and the expiring arms embargo on Iran, the Trump regime is largely isolated on the world stage.
The harder it beats a dead horse, the greater the humiliation.
During a Wednesday cabinet meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump regime maximum pressure to bring Iran to its knees failed to achieve its aims.
Last Sunday he explained that while COVID-19 outbreaks caused Western and other economies to collapse, Iran’s economy contracted by only 3%—a far better performance than what’s happening in the US.
A final comment
On Wednesday, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi and IAEA chief Rafael Grossi issued the following joint statement: “After intensive bilateral consultations, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement on the resolution of the safeguards implementation issues specified by the IAEA, in good faith.”
“In this regard, Iran is voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve these issues.”
“[B]ased on analysis of available information,” the IAEA has no other outstanding questions regarding Iranian compliance with its nuclear obligations.
“[B]oth sides recognize [that] the independence, impartiality and professionalism of the IAEA continue to be essential in the fulfillment of its verification activities.”
The IAEA and Iran agreed to further strengthen their cooperation and to build mutual trust to facilitate full implementation of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and its Additional Protocol—implemented by Iran since January 16, 2016.
In response to the above information, Russia’s Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted the following: “Real breakthrough! The visit of #IAEA Director General R. Grossi to #Iran resulted in very important agreements, incl. regarding access to 2 sites specified be IAEA.”
“This is yet another proof that dialogue is more productive than pressure. Congratulations to both sides!”
Note: The whole world knows that Iran’s legitimate nuclear program has no military component.
Its ruling authorities fully comply with the nation’s nuclear obligations as stipulated under international law.
Iran’s actions are in sharp contrast to nuclear outlaw Israel and unparalleled international outlaw USA.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.