While President Obama called for congressional restraint on Iran in the State of the Union, the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels had taken and were holding part of Yemen’s presidential palace. Reports are starting to emerge that they’ve been bought off with an updated power-sharing agreement, but the Yemeni government seems to be on the brink of collapse.This marked the end of a week in which Iran pressed forward aggressively on several fronts: the Mullahs signed a defense cooperation agreement with Putin’s Russia, and were caught helping Hezbollah plan an attack on Israel. (“Caught” meaning that an Iranian General was incinerated by an Israeli helicopter-fired missile while inspecting preparations in the Golan Heights with top Hezbollah brass.)It is increasingly clear that the President’s view of the way negotiations work is sharply divergent with that of the Iranian government. The President has made every effort to surrender leverage preemptively as a sign of good faith and to keep the heat off Iran during the (seemingly endless) negotiations. Tehran sees this as a sign of weakness and has pressed its luck at every opportunity—in Syria, in Iraq, and now in Yemen, with Hezbollah, and with Russia.Those within the Administration may want to consider if they’re sending the signal they think they’re sending. Those in Congress may well be justified in thinking that if this is what cooperation looks like, losing it does not seem a negative side effect of renewed sanctions so much as one of their main aims.