For more than seventy-five years, amphibious assaults against hostile shores have had a successful record. Even when subjected to intense and protracted naval and air defenses and the nominal forerunner of today’s Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) threat, these landings were never turned back.
The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, is arguably the most significant foreign policy achievement of former U.S. president Barack Obama’s administration.
For all its faults, the deal demonstrated that, under certain conditions, an intensely hostile regime such as the Islamic Republic of Iran could be negotiated with. It was even more significant, given that just a few years prior, Obama had something of a showdown with Iran.