In the Trump Administration’s final days, Iran became increasingly bold knowing the U.S. would no longer have a strong leader in the White House. The enemy state recently pivoted away from releasing a business man with dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship even after its own court system cleared him of all spying charges. The move is a shot that demonstrates Iran no longer fears American power and is thumbing its collective nose at Joe Biden.
“Notably, the Trump administration imposed maximum pressure and got American hostages released,” Richard Goldberg, director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reportedly said. “The incoming Biden team signals a return to a policy of paying Iran’s extortion racket — and now this.”
Emad Shargi was detained in early December while trying to cross the Iranian border into Iraq. He had already been arrested and cleared of all allegations in December 2019. But the regime held on to his U.S. and Iranian passports to restrict his movements. In 2019, even the radical extremist leadership feared harming an American after President Donald Trump put the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism on notice.
“Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude,” President Trump warned, and Iran took heed.
But after *alleged* election fraud (Google makes us say that) handed Biden the Oval Office, Iran appears to have shrugged off its apprehension about imprisoning, harming, and even murdering Americans. Throwing Shargi back into prison without a criminal allegation is a message to Biden. It’s also one everyday Americans should note because those traveling abroad are now vulnerable to attacks.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, among others, made blanket statements only a few weeks before Biden took office that implies the regime expects all sanctions lifted and the U.S. to come groveling back to the nuclear deal which gave them millions for nothing.
“Sanctions are a treachery and crime against the Iranian nation and must be lifted,” Khamenei reportedly said. “Today, our defense power is in a way that our enemies have no choice but to consider our power in their calculations.”
Establishment media outlets such as NBC and Barron’s are pushing a phony narrative that taking Shargi hostage is “possibly jeopardizing Biden’s plans for diplomacy with Tehran” and that Iran is accusing the U.S. of “hostage-taking.” Both narratives fail to highlight that Iran had effectively been neutralized before the November elections outcome.
The idea that Biden faces a difficult diplomatic road to peace with Iran runs counter to the last four years of American strength policies. Former President Trump went as far as to take out Iran’s top general in broad daylight. He was engaged in funding and training terrorists, as well as the orchestrator of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed and maimed countless civilians, U.S. soldiers, and innocent children. Iran bit its collective tongue and did nothing while President Trump was in office because they feared him.
But with Biden restoring the weak-kneed Obama-era foreign policies, Iran has nothing to fear. It was Obama and Biden who bowed and scraped on their apology tours to Iran and other U.S. enemies. And in its lust to destroy America’s most loyal ally in the Middle East — Israel — Iran recently took a significant step forward toward developing a nuclear weapon. Had President Trump been seated for a second term, the green light for Israel to destroy the rogue regime’s nuclear weapons facilities would likely have been given. Unfortunately, Jihadists in Iran sleep soundly, knowing Biden lacks the temerity to act.