(National Sentinel) Policy: Constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has historically supported the Democratic Party, said during an interview Monday he sees a wide difference between President Donald J. Trump and President Obama when it comes to Iran.
“President Obama made it clear that he was going to stand behind the Iranian regime,” Dershowitz told Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends” morning show.
He added that Obama emboldened Iranian leaders with a failed strategy to curb their nuclear development.
“He was going to send them lots and lots of money. Of course some of it was their own money, but still they used it to foment terrorism, to export terrorism around the world,” Dershowitz added.
He said Obama’s approach — appeasement — stood in stark contrast to the Trump White House, which is supportive of those currently protesting the regime.
“I think President Trump has indicated that he will not stand behind the Iranian regime. The Iranian regime is failing. The people there are hungry despite the infusion of cash,” the retired law professor said.
Dershowitz and the show’s hosts began to discuss the current protests in Iran, which are the largest since the 2009 “Green Movement” — protests that the Obama administration also did not support as it was secretly opening talks for the eventual nuclear agreement.
The law professor, who has written extensively on the Middle East, said that while the Trump administration is supportive of the protesters, there is only so much the U.S. can do.
“But this is something that will happen in Iran. The United States will only be able to have a limited role and hopefully it will be a positive role,” he said.
He added that he believes the time is right in Iran for democratic reforms.
“I think the president can also try to engender international support for the real people of Iran. Look, Iran is the most secular, democratically-oriented group of people in the Middle East. They have been repressed for so many years by the Ayatollahs,” he said.
“If they had their wishes, if they had a genuine election, they would overthrow this regime of religious thugs and substitute a real democracy. They’ve never had a real democracy, but they had the Shah and the Shah was a lot better for America than the Ayatollahs.”
The president has taken to Twitter to denounce the Iranian regime and express his support for the Iranian people.
“Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!” he wrote.
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