I guess all anyone really needs to know about the international accord reached with Iran is that they will continue to enrich uranium and they will not dismantle any centrifuges. The international community is strapped with having to accept these terms in the hopes a broader agreement can reached at a later date.
Taking the Iranian nation on their word is a giant leap of faith whatever your preferred denomination. Both the Saudis and the Israelis have made their opposition known. As of yet no word from the Mormons and Amish.
With the Obama administration’s poll numbers in free fall and continuing to slide one can’t help wondering if any accord is a good one if only to defray attention away from even bigger debacles.
Notable Obama Democratic cheerleaders like Sens. Menendez of New Jersey and Schumer of New York have voiced their disapproval. Sen. Schumer pointed out in a letter to Secretary of State Kerry that the agreement “would not require Iran to even meet the terms of prior United Nation Security Council resolutions.” Those terms explicitly stated a complete suspension of nuclear production.
Trusting the Iranians may be tough to swallow for Americans who haven’t forgotten the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the kidnapping of American personnel from our embassy. They were held in captivity for 444 days. That coupled with the fact that Iran is a ready ally for any terrorist organization in the world that wishes harm to the Great Satan can be discomforting.
This mode of diplomacy is eerily reminiscent of Neville Chamberlain’s with Herr Hitler. The Munich Accords were also a first step with the promise of more concessions coming from Hitler at a later date. Well, we know those concessions never came to fruition. I would venture to guess that when we re-visit this plan with the Iranians in six months – duration of Part 1, the Iranians will invoke a much harder line especially when we are about to appease them with lifting some of the very sanctions that brought them to the negotiating table in the first place. Ostensibly, losing that leverage now reduces any significant long term gains. In the short term it further de-stabilizes the most volatile region on earth.
Perhaps the president and his secretary of state should have consulted the sage Yogi Berra before forging ahead with this agreement because “it feels like déjà vu all over again.”