February 22, 2014

Bribing Iran Is Going to Backfire

Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

The Associated Press

Contrary to the administration’s public stance, sanctions relief was never about rewarding the regime with relatively small sums of money in exchange for steep concessions on the nuclear program. The plan rather was to get Iranian president Hassan Rouhani lots of cash, the more the better. The White House’s idea is that once Rouhani understands how much easier his life is with lots of money pouring into the economy, it will be in his interest to petition Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for more concessions on the nuclear file. The problem with the strategy is that it shows how badly the White House has misunderstood not only the regime’s behavior, but also Rouhani’s role and how sanctions affect it.

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Syria, Iraq, Lebanon: The New AfPak
Anno Bunnik, National Interest
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Greg Scoblete, RealClearWorld
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Lee Smith, Weekly Standard
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Ray Takeyh, Washington Post
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