Keeping Assad armed, fed, and reinforced with Iranian and Hezb'allah troops was an immense drain on the Iranian treasury, already under duress from Western sanctions. More sanctions were brewing in the U.S. Congress, and Iran needed relief at many levels. The question for the Islamic Republic was whether it was possible to protect Assad, put money in the bank, and shore up the Shiite axis without giving up its nuclear program. Enter the United States, seeking and needing a diplomatic success. According to David Ignatius of The Washington Post -- the administration's favorite reporter -- the U.S.-Iran deal was cooking in secret as far back as March.No, propping up and sponsoring Iranian terror been the intent of the Zero regime since Zero was running in 2008, at the latest.