Login

Europe's Shakespeare Response to Iran Sanctions: New Word "unisolationism

Europe is huffing and puffing and full of fury over Trump's Iran decision. The French even coined a new word.

Trump's decision to re-impose sanctions means a blanket ban on all new business with Iran, effective immediately. Existing operations have three to six months to be wound down.

The US's new ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, wasted no time poking a finger in the eyes of his host.

European leaders are calling President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal a potentially catastrophic mistake. One French diplomat is so furious, he even coined a new description of Trump’s view of the world: “unisolationism.”

The phrase is the brainchild of one of the most prominent European diplomats in the US, François Delattre, France’s ambassador to the United Nations. He told Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post that the Trump administration’s foreign policy was a dangerous “mix of unilateralism and isolationism” that he combined into “unisolationism.”

Sound and Fury

Europe's response to Trump's Iran move is just like a scene from Macbeth Act V:

"It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing."

What a bunch of blowhard wimps.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

someone enlighten me here. Why does Europe need to comply with a US executive order? since this agreement between iran and others is not a treaty and only the US pulled out , what compels
the other members to comply ?

They are afraid how Trump might react: More Tariffs

US Corps will be unable to ship to companies dealing with Iran. Companies dealing with US and Iran will be blocked from US market etc. My understanding anyway. Big $ consequences.

EU companies will find themselves locked out of US and under investigation if they try to go round sanctions. Do as US says or suffer consequences.

"EU companies will find themselves locked out of US and under investigation if they try to go round sanctions. Do as US says or suffer consequences." I doubt it, if Europe posts a forceful, response. It would hurt the US just as much. But that is the threat.

Well, this is what it's like to be Uncle Scam's Bitch. Uncle Scam runs a HUUUUGE trade deficit with Europe annually that is financed with freshly created-from-thin-air digital Dollar fiatscos. And to add insult to injury, the Europeans have to listen to Uncle Scam's mouthpiece Trump complain about this arrangement. Then, when Uncle Scam gets angry at countries that won't "Play Ball" with him, (such as Iran and Russia), Uncle Scam imposes trade and financial sanctions and ORDERS the European bitches to do likewise. And what pray tell, do the Europeans get from this arrangement - other than BILLIONS of created-from-thin-air digital Dollar fiatscos and constant humilation? Oh, right. I almost forgot. "Protection" from enemies that Uncle Scam creates throughout the globe. What a great deal!!

Israel wants, Israel gets. We are the United States of Israeli Wars and Trump is their puppet.

This was well orchestrated under the false premise of US national security. First tariffs,then Iranian sanctions. Next stop billion dollar embassy in Jerusalem .

Had the EU countries co-signing the Iran deal have a backbone they would have ensured it is reasonable. Such a deal should have rolled back Iran's violations of the NPT it signed willingly. Alas, the deal didn't roll back Iran's nuclear infrastructure (which it developed in violation of the NPT). Worse, the deal sunsets in 2025, after which all bets are off. Further, the implied message is that parties violating the NPT are rewarded.

All that said, I do not pretend to know what is the correct course of action.

Then again, if the NPT isn't enforced, expect the obvious consequence (other countries obtaining nukes in violation of the NPT).

On a related note. I believe North Korea isn't a signatory to the NPT. If so, there is no formal case against North Korea nuclear program.

(edited)

Germany's problem (and thus the EU's problem) is that they have a much bigger trade surplus with the US than trade that they plan to have with Iran. A country like the US with trade deficits has the advantage in trade wars (and withdrawing from the JCPOA is a type of trade conflict).

Germany's problem (and thus the EU's problem) is that they have a much bigger trade surplus with the US than trade that they plan to have with Iran. A country like the US with trade deficits has the advantage in trade wars (and withdrawing from the JCPOA is a type of trade conflict).

If the Europeans had a backbone, they would be leading the charge to make sure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. They are, after all, a much closer, more likely target for the actual use of Iranian nuclear weapons.

All productive actors (companies, as well as other organizations and individuals), in all parts of the world, will need to be more mindful of stealthifying their exterior surface. It’s just too darned easy for robbers to shake down gigantic, slow moving, obvious blobs of wealth with abandon.

Much tougher to be a thief when even large organizations appear to the outside largely as a network of unrelated entities spread across all manners of jurisdictions. Each of which has little in the way of obviously accessible loot for the crooks to steal. And which can hence fold under even light pressure; only to pop up in a different guise in another part of the globe in no time.

As the thieves’ ever-increasing appetite for loot inevitably keep growing (after all, the only way to get your hands on more without producing anything of value, is to find new ways to take from others); this will become more and more pertinent. Amongst other things driving demand for crypto currencies and other harder to shake down payment mechanisms. As well as anonymized communications, purely digital (hard to link to the kind of physical person/organization the robbers can easily intimidate) identities etc.

In light of the new provocations between Israel and Iran in Syria, while the 800 lb Gorilla, Russia has consolidated its position, reminds one of Russian blowback during the Iraq war, when they supplied Iran with high tech air defenses. Trump may have just ordered a blustery retreat.

Stories