donj499 saidTrump is showing his genius here. This is what a negotiator does. He has cards to play and he isn't going to be pushed around by the Washington establishment. So he makes a threat he can deliver on. They will cave. They have to.
This is an example of negotiating from a position of strength, something the current president simply does not get. Case in point: Obama signs a deal with Iran THEN calls for the release of the hostages. He should have told them we don't even start to negotiate until the hostages are released. They would have caved.
Caved to WHAT? It was the Iranians who held the cards. The US bomb them unilaterally without widespread international backing? And the US once again becomes the Great Satan of the Islamic world? And an international war criminal? YOU go bomb them.
Dude, they needed a deal FAR more than we did. Their country was being crippled by sanctions. And you tell them: either release the hostages and we can start to negotiate a deal, or we bomb your facilities. Period.
Despite all their bravado and tough talk, the Iranians do not want US airstrikes on their sites. Our air force could do unbelievable damage to their country.
And we wouldn't have to go alone. Many of the Arab countries HATE Iran. We could have brought some/all of them along. Additionally, our economy is 18 trillion dollars. Iran's is a couple hundred billion. You make the world choose. Who do you want to do business with, the US or Iran? It really isn't that hard. You just need a guy like Trump to do it. But we don't have a guy like him in office to play the right cards.
I'm not trying to sound like a tough guy here. I really think this is the only way to deal with Iran. They probably would have caved, we would have gotten the hostages, and with the credible threat of force we would have gotten a much better deal. As it stands, we get nothing and Iran WILL have hundreds of nuclear bombs in 10 years. And that's assuming they don't cheat in the meantime.
And if they don't cave, bomb their sites. What are they going to do? Target our civilians and military personnel? They have been doing that for 35 years. They killed thousands of US soldiers in Iraq. Payback is a bitch.