Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States between 1981 and 2005, has written a damning column in which he compares the Iran nuclear deal to the failed nuclear deal with North Korea – and concludes it will have even worse consequences.That deal was from the Clinton Administration in the early 1990s, and it was midwifed by former President Jimmy Carter, who traveled to North Korea himself.
Bandar says, "it turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong and there was a major intelligence failure." He added that if Clinton had known the full picture, "I am absolutely confident he would not have made that decision."That's a diplomatic sop thrown in, in case Hillary gets nominated and elected in 2016.
The Saudi royal then contrasts this with the present situation with Iran, "where the strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information, and America’s allies in the region's intelligence all predict not only the same outcome of the North Korean nuclear deal but worse – with the billions of dollars that Iran will have access to."He could have said that he agrees with Israel.
Bandar says that Obama is smart enough to understand this, but that he is ideologically willing to accept collateral damage because he believes he is right.And Obama believes that America is wrong, and always has been, before his enlightened presidency. As Jeanne Kirkpatrick put it in 1984, Democrats always blame America first. Now that Obama has put the future existence of Saudi Arabia into question with this deal with Iran, Bandar is saying it too.