Sense on Iran
As we have repeatedly pointed out, Donald Trump has brought shame to the office of US president. But we must now ask the same question that has often been asked about a predecessor, Lyndon Johnson: can a bad man do good? Because, for all the issues with President Trump, his withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran is a bold and sensible move that offers fresh hope that US foreign policy is returning towards reality. The single most ludicrous argument against US withdrawal — the line being pushed by the foreign policy establishment — is that it will propel Iran towards behaving recklessly and move it towards war in the Middle East. What do they think has been happening since the signing of the JCPOA? Do they think Iran’s involvement in Syria and Yemen has been as some kind of peace-keeper? Have they not noticed Iran’s steady moves towards forcing Israel into military action? It is this kind of fantastical approach to foreign policy that led to the deal, easing sanctions that were working, causing huge difficulties for the regime, and instead embracing one of the greatest sources of poison in the world. President Trump has now moved towards recognising reality. For that he deserves praise.
The Royal Family has been much criticised for its failure to visit Israel. But now, as a 70th birthday present, we not only have Prince William’s forthcoming official visit — we can also look forward to welcoming Prince Charles to Platinum, the official celebration to be held on Thursday week, 24 May, at the Royal Albert Hall. And you can join him! Tickets are still available at www.royalalberthall.com