In this week’s episode of “Mideast News Hour,” I was joined by my friend and colleague Dr. David Wurmser, a senior Middle East policy adviser in both the Bush and Trump administrations.
We discuss why the International Atomic Energy Agency’s announcement that Iran has crossed the nuclear threshold, has mastered the nuclear fuel cycle and can independently develop nuclear weapons has gone virtually unremarked by Israeli and American media. Instead, there are reports that the United States—in the interest of lowering fuel costs—may allow Iran to expand its export of oil.
“Since Joe Biden came into office, the United States has stopped effectively enforcing the sanctions on Iran oil exports,” I explained. “They are already up to a million barrels a day, and they’ve gone past their revenue levels from before 2019 when the Trump administration reinstated the embargo on Iranian oil exports.”
The reason is that both Israel and the United States are struggling for their national survival.