Middle East Withdrawal Linked to Obama's Grand Bargain with Iran

Obama is planning a reduced American presence in key spots in the Middle East in addition to the Iran agreement.

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Dr. Joe Tuzara,

Dr. Joe Tuzara
Dr. Joe Tuzara
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President Barack Obama knew that discarding the historical post-WWII foreign policy of America, empowering our enemies and endangering our allies is inimical to America’s interests, but falsely assuring Israel and the American public that Iran would not get a nuclear bomb on his watch while seeking contacts with Tehran for a grand bargain since 2009 seems to be the height of folly.

Obama's incredibly absurd and undeviating pattern of complete submission to Iranian demands lends credence to what was once mere speculation – his plan to preserve his contentious legacy by making a Grand Bargain with the ayatollahs for a complete US withdrawal from the turbulent Middle East.

An emboldened Iran, the tyrannical and theocratic Islamist regime that pretends to be aggrieved in order to put Western diplomats on the defensive, has received a carte blanche to repress and murder its own people, threaten Israel, escalate proxy war in the Levant, destabilize Sunni Arab States and subvert American interests around the world.

In other words, the catastrophic nuclear deal being touted as "historic" by Obama's minions has offered Tehran a lifetime opportunity to export its 1979 Islamic revolution across the globe. The farcical deal which has thoroughly compromised American security has put our allies in a bind, with all of them refusing to believe that Obama's actions, which look like they’ve been lifted straight out of secret Iranian military playbook, are paving the way for Tehran to create nuclear weapons.

US intelligence sources, top scientists and western missile industry experts agree that "Iran is not only covertly developing nuclear weapons, it is already testing ballistic missiles specifically designed to destroy [Israel] and America’s technical infrastructure, effectively neutralizing the world’s lone superpower."


For the first time in history, both Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah it supports were mysteriously omitted from the US National Intelligence terrorism threat report...
Tragically for our allies and our country, Obama’s narcissism, lack of realism and fatal attraction to Iran is the driving force behind his transformational agenda for a 'balance of power' in the Middle East where he hopes Iran could become a "successful regional power" and potential US ally.

Nowhere is this dramatic love-fest between the ayatollahs and Obama more troubling than on a video greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the Persian New Year, it seems Obama has accepted the victimhood agenda of Iran with the insidious endgame of "recreating a new Persian Empire".

Then out of the blue, and for the first time in history, both Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah it supports were mysteriously omitted from the US National Intelligence terrorism threat report - and this at a time when Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters are hand-in-glove with the Assad regime in Syria and Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi militias are on the rampage in Yemen!

Most astonishing of all, the United States has now become a de facto Air Force of Iran, currently giving cover to Iran’s Quds Force commander General Qassem Suleimani, who is “secretly running" an Iranian-led assault under the pretext of fighting Islamic state (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, according to The Guardian newspaper

Obama's retreats from Iraq, Libya, Syria,now Afghanistan and his infamous bluff "pretending" to fight ISIS in tandem with the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism have created a catastrophic vacuum of power and destroyed US credibility.

In the Sinai, American forces have helped marshal peace since Egypt’s 1979 historic peace treaty with Israel. Now, citing that lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating ISIS-inspired violence, the White House is mulling options,  from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether . This is America’s three-decade deployment to the Sinai Peninsula that helps keep Israel-Egypt peace viable, The Associated Press reported.

In the Arabian Gulf is our nation's most powerful symbol of strength and deterrence on the high seas "for almost 50 years with heel-to-toe deployments." For the first time in history, this presence won’t be in the Persian Gulf much in the near future. Navy Admiral John Richardson, incoming chief of naval operations confirms that there will be no aircraft carriers left in the contested environment of the Persian Gulf.

Since 2007, the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy is key to stability in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean. The fleet's historic naval functions— deterrence, sea control, power projection, and maritime security— protecting the free flow of commerce through strategic maritime crossroads including the Straits of Hormuz and Bab el Mandeb, as well as the Suez Canal, remain essential to United States strategy.

How could that be essential to US strategy when Obama want us to retreat in the volatile Middle East just to appease Iran? Is the US avoiding an unimaginable conflagration it has caused in the first place? Will an "October surprise" be in the works?

With Iran as the new regional power replacing Israel, the inevitable geopolitical shake-up in a New Middle East is expected to be more violent and unpredictable than ever.

Once the White House gives the green light to simultaneously reduce America's presence in the Persian Gulf and Egypt's Sinai this October, something big may happen irrespective of the outcome of the September vote on Iran nuke deal.

If this is not confusing enough, according to a joint announcement by the US embassy in Ankara and the Turkish government, the US Army will withdraw two Patriot air defense missile batteries and their approximately 300 support personnel from Turkey in October.

Israel and Saudi Arabia are greatly piqued that they’ve been left in the dark on the details of this potential detente between Iran and Team Obama, who are still unfazed by the legitimate concerns of our longstanding allies.

It is worth noting that after Obama wrote to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2009, the Supreme Leader responded in a caustic speech timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the hostage-seizure of US Embassy in Tehran, mocking Obama that "he would see no settlement with Iran so long as the United States maintained a military presence in the Persian Gulf" or placed his hopes in Iranian reformers.

Indeed, the Sunni Arab Gulf States have good reason to be skittish and wary about US reduced presence in the Middle East. With those upcoming withdrawals in mind, it is just a matter of time before the incompetent pro-Iranian Obama regime, once again will  acquiesce and effectively cede security in the Persian Gulf to Iran..

Nonetheless, Obama’s rhetoric of a “pivot to Asia” away from the Persian Gulf and Sinai Peninsula is a real gambit to give Iran the wrong impression the United States will not participate nor defend the Jewish state in the event Israel launched a unilateral strike against Iran's nukes.

The underlying premise is this — delaying an Israeli military strike only enhances Iran's luck to go nuclear. If Israel does not act before Iran goes nuclear, there is no better option left for the Jewish state to defend itself except to eradicate Hezbollah and Hamas once and for all. The crushing defeat of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza and the fall of Syria is a coup de grace against Iran.

By Joe Tuzara, M.D. The writer was clinical research-physician-general surgeon for Saudi Arabian, Philippine and American healthcare systems and is currently an American freelance writer as well as op-ed contributor.








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