The Obama administration’s outreach to repressive regimes in Myanmar, Cuba, and Iran, rather than having a moderating influence, has instead allowed them to “entrench their authoritarian systems for the long term, while screening out any liberalizing influence,” Jackson Diehl, the deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post, wrote in an op-ed published Monday.
It nevertheless is becoming clear that the regimes on which Obama has lavished attention have greeted his overtures with a counter-strategy. It’s possible, they calculate, to use the economic benefits of better relations to entrench their authoritarian systems for the long term, while screening out any liberalizing influence. Rather than being subverted by U.S. dollars, they would be saved by them.
Diehl observed that in Myanmar, also known as Burma, the nation’s military rulers have allowed some electoral reforms, but ensured that their party will ultimately keep at least a quarter of the seats in parliament and that Aung San Suu Kyi, the leading opposition figure and Nobel Peace Prize winner, will not become president. Worse yet, in Cuba, the lifting of a travel ban that has led to “billions in fresh hard currency … flowing into the regime’s nearly empty treasury,” has been answered by “[stepped] up repression of the opposition.”
Diehl also highlighted how the nuclear deal with Iran similarly failed to moderate the Islamic Republic.
Hence the taking of more U.S. hostages. To the imprisonment of The Post’s Jason Rezaian and two other Iranian Americans, add Nizar Zakka, a U.S.-based Internet specialist, and Siamak Namazi, an Iranian American who has publicly advocated for better relations between the countries. The lack of any U.S. response means that the open season on Americans will continue in Tehran.
Diehl’s column concluded by observing, “So the message is: It’s okay to capture U.S. dollars while excluding U.S. business and cracking down on anyone favoring liberalization. No wonder the dictators are winning.” It followed an unsigned editorial in the Post on Friday calling for Iran to release American hostages or face renewed sanctions.
President Obama has frequently suggested that the nuclear deal would prompt a relaxation of barriers between Iran and the West. So far, the opposite appears to be happening. While anticipating the collection of up to $100 billion in frozen assets, Iran’s military and security services are acting to ensure that there is no further detente. In that they have the support of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who on Tuesday celebrated the anniversary of the seizing of hostages at the U.S. Embassy by proclaiming that the slogan “death to America” will live forever.
The Obama administration has reacted to these provocations, including the new arrests, with the equivalent of a shrug. When asked about them, a State Department spokeswoman said, “This is something that we continue to have dialogue on.” Republicans, including House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce (Calif.), have proposed imposing new sanctions on the IRGC. If the Americans are not soon released, that would be a logical course.
The strengthening of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a result of the nuclear deal was an outcome that was predicted by experts. The Post, in editorials published before and after the agreement was reached, argued that given the arbitrary nature of the arrest and prosecution of its reporter, Jason Rezaian, any westerners seeking to do business in Iran would be at significant risk.
Read more at The Tower.
What do you expect when LIVs elect an America hating gay muslim sympathizer precedent to occupy the White House and appoint muzzies in every aspect of his regime?
Nothing this man in the white has done to date should surprise anyone; it was by intent and order given when he was 'placed' into the white house by the globalists .
The final nail in the coffin will be the TPP/TPA trade agreements when he finally signs them into law.
His work will then be done - as that will destroy the little that's left of the sovereignty of this country.
The Benghazi betrayal began the ball rolling when the white house and Hillary changed/switched sides joining the enemies of this country.
It was the beginning to set the middle east on fire although the fallout will not occur until he is out of office.
Globalists/bankers need world chaos and carnage to establish and get to their goal of the ultimate one-world-government and achieve total control over every country and citizen.
He was a agent/Trojan horse - played up as the great hope while he was carefully selected due to his skin color - a deterrent of criticism.
The current invasion of muslim men by the thousands/millions is the last chess piece put in place to begin burning down western cities and destruction.
All by design!
And, it isn't even April Fools!!!
If I had a neutron bomb mainstream media would die (I ain here to blog pimp. Period. But ya can put that title, in your search engine, if you're so inclined?).
Don't hate, but that should be ....
"If I had a neutron bomb ... MSM would die"
If you do enter anything "Neutron Bomb," you of curse will find out. Da Joo's used one, in Yemen, like oh maybe last month (you didn't know?).
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