Trumps Decision to Backout of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

In the article, Trump Abandons Iran Nuclear Deal He Long Scorned, Mark Landler discusses possible outcomes from Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdrawal from the Iranian Nuclear Deal. Throughout Trumps campaign, Trump has long stated his opinion towards the Iran Deal, often referring to the deal as a one-sided and defective agreement, as well as promising the American people if elected, the Iran Deal would be first to go. This past Tuesday on May 8, 2018, with that promise in mind, Trump officially announced the United States departure from the Iran nuclear deal. The deal, supported by world powers; China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, was established in 2015 after the knowledge of an Iranian plan to develop nuclear weapons surfaced. This deal involved the restriction of enrichment materials, reprocessing of heavy water facilities; removing the likelihood of weapon by-products, monitoring of Iran activities and sanctions.

However, Trump believed this deal did “not address the threat of Iran’s ballistic missiles or its malign behavior in the region, and that the expiration dates for the sunset clauses open the door to an Iranian nuclear bomb down the road.”.

Another reason for Trumps persistence to dismantle this deal was likely due to his administration presenting “concrete evidence” about the lies of Iran nuclear facilities. This ‘concrete evidence’ was misleading as the world powers have known of the Iran nuclear facilities and enrichment materials. It was after this information presented itself in the past that the Iran Nuclear Deal was made. Trump announcing this to be new information was deceiving.

The president’s plan now is to implement stronger sanctions in hopes of a similar result to that of the recent North Korea resolution. However, Trumps accord will continue to spark controversy in upcoming months, what comes from this is still unknown.

Because these last three months western allies such as France, Germany and the UK have even lobbied Trump to try and persuade him to not back out of the agreement, I believe the American people should take western allies opinion into consideration when evaluating one of Trumps many decisions, especially when that opinion is unanimous. Trumps decision to withdraw from this agreement will only diminish the United States reliability with international treaties and worsen relations between Western Allies.

There is also a future possibility of a nuclear-war with Iran or another war in the Middle East, as stated by former President Barack Obama. I believe this to be a great possibility as Iran has already stated their opposition to Trumps decision to withdrawal and Israel, Iran’s enemy, has praised the very decision.

U.S. Airstrikes in Syria. What does this mean for the Syrian people?

merlin_136555428_7439ba87-4dca-4559-902b-cfab0f5b22af-master768In the article, As Dust Settles from U.S. Airstrikes, Syria Faces Same Questions, Ben Hubbard writes about the aftermath of Trumps decision to launch missile strikes against the Syrian government.

For several years, Syrian citizens have suffered in their battle for change in opposition to their President Bashar al-Assad. Because of recent chemical attacks on civilians in Syria, killing 70 and leaving 500 people with chemical symptoms, the United States, U.K., and France attacked chemical weapons sites on April 14, 2018 to prevent further attacks. The U.S. said three areas were targeted; research facilities, storage facilities and more remote areas that were suspected to hold the nerve agent sarin. Many believe this was a way for the United States to deter any further interactions with Syria as President Trump previously stated, “No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security on the Middle East”. The aftermath of these strikes has only left anti-government activists in Syria wondering what’s next; with Trump stating, “mission accomplished” and Mr. Assad moving forward, many civilians aren’t very hopeful of anything changing soon.

After learning about the chemical attack, this intrigued me to learn more about Trumps stance on the incidence as well as the on-going war in Syria. I learned the significance of the situation as there is some controversy about bombing another country without approval of congress, as several believe this is unconstitutional. Although not mainstream controversy in social media, I found this important as several individuals have noted that congress may not be intervening as much as they should.

With Syria I learned this has been a seven-year on-going civil war, with civilians suffering massively. Although a complicated situation, I do believe what Trump did was progressive in the fact that was his only choice. The only way Syria could be “fixed” would involve a settlement between Russia and the United States, something that would take a lot of diplomatic effort from the Trump administration. Because this would be a hard decision for any president I don’t see this happening anytime soon with our current president.