Iran Endorses Obama's Bad Deal With Cuba, Wants One Too

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
From Iran's state media:

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday hailed Cuba for withstanding the US economic embargo for more than 50 years, and praised the recent rapprochement between Havana and Washington as “useful” for the international developments.

“The resistance shown by the Cuban nation and statesmen and their insistence on their revolution’s principles and causes over the past 50 years revealed that imposition of isolation and sanctions policies by the hegemonic powers is useless and futile vis-à-vis the independent nations and governments’ resolve and resistance,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.

From The Los Angeles Times:

A prominent Iranian cleric cited the U.S. normalization of relations with Cuba during weekly remarks at Friday prayers as evidence that sanctions against his country are destined to fail.

“As [President] Obama and John Kerry admitted, the 55 years of sanctions against Cuba have not worked and John Kerry himself said that by sanctions we have sanctioned ourselves not Cuba,” said Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, the leader of Friday prayers in Tehran. “Sanctions are futile against Iran."

Conservative political analyst Hossian Royvaran agreed.

"Obama is doing a wise thing by normalizing relation with Cuba and has no option but make a deal with Iran and start lifting sanctions and normalizing with Iran too," Royvaran said.

From Iran's D.C.-based lobbyists:

America's Cuba policy has long been an open joke in international circles. Seldom has a country pursued such a futile policy for so long while clearly recognizing its senselessness. It's probably the foremost example of how American domestic politics can take its foreign policy hostage, leaving everyone a loser.

Today, President Barack Obama took bold action to put an end to this farce. Over half a century of a counterproductive sanctions and isolation policy is coming to an end.

But Cuba is only one of many examples of domestic politics rendering American foreign policy dysfunctional. Nor is it a unique case of how sanctions and isolation tend to be counterproductive.

Almost everything the president said about the failure of America's Cuba policy could be said of our policy on Iran (although Obama is thankfully also changing this policy).