Trump Is the Only One Losing Out by Refusing to Certify the Iran Deal
Publisher: Unz Review
Date Written: 15/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21572
While commentators across the world struggle to adequately convey their outrage over Trump's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement, Iran is calculating that nothing they do will be quite so damaging to US interests as Trump himself.
Excerpt: The instant that Trump decertifies the deal struck by President Obama in 2015, the US becomes a lesser power and Iran a greater one, because he will confirm the belief that America is led by an egoist motivated by ignorant prejudice. Accusations of mental derangement have always been part of common currency of political abuse, but there is a growing belief among international leaders that in Trump's case there might be something to it, though they have few ideas about what they should do about this.
Their bemusement is understandable given that the situation is so bizarre. In the past, highly neurotic individuals were most like to gain power as hereditary monarchs, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany being a prime example. Full blown psychoses are less common, though madness of Charles VI of France and Henry VI of England in the late Middle Ages precipitate both countries into civil wars. What is extraordinary about Trump's all-consuming egomania, or what some call "malignant narcissism", is that it did not prevent his rise to power.