As the world continues to spin into a giant, hairy mess of egos, urination competitions, and unkempt-itude, a new “axis of evil” has appeared on the horizon, threatening to drag the United States into a global conflict of epic proportions.
First up was North Korea, batting leadoff in the Trump era with their incessant missile tests and purposefully boisterous antagonization of the President. Dainty dictator of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un, even went so far as to threaten wholesale annihilation of the contiguous U.S. on several occasions. That threat was laughed off at first, but after repeated and increasingly powerful rocket tests, most of the U.S. military had stopped snickering.
During this Asian saber rattling, the Russian government was fully active in a bit of political maneuvering as well. Putin and his military commanders had repeatedly buzzed a number of U.S. ships in The Mediterranean at unsafe distances, prompting several weeks of admonishment from American Naval staff. These events occurred before, during, and after the weeks in which the Russian government was openly threatening the United States over our involvement in Syria and aforementioned war of words with North Korea.
Now, a third member of this possible new triumvirate of terror has emerged in the Middle East, with Iran openly lashing out at the United States that is no longer capitulating to their every whim, as occurred under the previous White House administration.
Iranian leaders are threatening to restart the country’s contested nuclear enrichment program in just a matter of days as the Trump administration and European allies scramble to address a range of flaws in the landmark nuclear accord ahead of a May deadline that could see the United States walk away from the accord, according to regional reports and administration insiders.
The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization disclosed on Sunday that the Islamic Republic has maintained the ability to restart the full-scale enrichment of uranium—the key component in a nuclear weapon that was supposed to be removed from Iran as part of the nuclear agreement—in just four days.
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s atomic work, claimed Iran could enrich uranium to 20 percent, which is more than enough to quickly reach the threshold to power a nuclear weapon, in just four days if the word is given by Iran’s hardline ruling regime.
President Trump has been openly concerned about the lopsided “nuclear deal” that former President Obama had negotiated with Iran.
Perhaps “negotiated” is too strong a word. Obama basically gave away the farm on that misguided maneuver, emboldening Iran – a nation whose people have attempted several times to overthrow their religious government in favor of populism. Of course, the Islamic regime has crushed these freedom fighters in every instance, ensuring that their stranglehold on the Persian nation remains.