With sanctions against Iran set to hit next month, a national defense analyst says America's allies are choosing that country over us.
The Center for Security Policy is concerned that the German government, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, is moving heaven and earth to do business with, and prop up, the Iranian regime.
"Germany ready to help its firms keep doing business in Iran," reads a May headline from the Reuters news service, when the Trump administration was withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear deal.
Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center, says Germany is the most aggressive of any country that has done business with America's enemies, including leading its neighbors to undermine the Iran sanctions.
"This is a government that is, I think, behaving as one that is quite unfriendly to our country," he observes. "And this president is wise to call them on it and otherwise hold Chancellor Merkel accountable."
An Oct. 9 New York Times story reports that Germany and other European countries are considering an "alternate payment mechanism" that allows business to continue once U.S. sanctions kick in on Nov. 4. Those sanctions will hit Iran's oil industry and its central bank.
The countries are also reassuring Iran that President Trump won't be re-elected in 2020, the story, quoting European dimplomats, also stated.
It has reached a point, Gaffney warns, where Germany, working with the British and French, is undermining the Trump administration's tough stance against Iran.
A growing number of European companies are wisely choosing business with the U.S. over ignoring sanctions and siding with Iran, he adds.