President Trump finally spoke to the public Wednesday about the situation in Iran and where his administration plans to go from here.
While doing so, he took the opportunity to criticize his predecessor's Iran strategy, claiming the missiles fired at U.S. troops stationed at a base in Iraq on Tuesday were "paid for with the funds made available by" former President Barack Obama's administration, which orchestrated the Iran nuclear deal in 2015.
Unsurprisingly, that got some folks from the Obama years riled up. They wanted to make it clear that their diplomatic efforts didn't lead to the current standoff between Washington and Tehran.
Diplomacy doesn’t lead to war. Assassinating Iran’s military leadership leads to war. Suggesting otherwise is laughable bullshit.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) January 8, 2020
Obama's former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, who has been critical of Trump's approach to Iran, argued the recent escalation is a result of Trump's decision to bail from the 2015 deal, which he says helped prevent Iran from launching strikes against U.S. interests.
The Iran Deal rolled back Iran’s program. Since Trump pulled out, Iran has resumed its nuclear program, increased its provocations and the US is isolated. These are facts. Trump’s claims are lies and should be viewed that way.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) January 8, 2020
Many other observers weren't pleased Trump played the blame game with Obama, either, but some folks do think there is at least some contingency between recent events and the previous administration's Iran policy.
The freakout from the Obama people is to be expected. As with striking at Bashar al-Asad in retaliation for using chemical WMD, so with Iran's regional rampage: Trump has shown that all the excuses for doing nothing—premised on terrible conflagration if the US acted—were untrue.
— Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) January 8, 2020