Nonsequitur: A Good Deal for Iran
July 15, 2015
President Obama has announced a nuclear agreement with Iran. (You can read the full text of the agreement here.) The agreement lifts most of the international sanctions against Iran. Iran “reaffirms” that it is will not seek nuclear weapons. However, the agreement gives them the right to continue to grow their nuclear program for peaceful purposes. Inspections are included in the agreement, but they are contingent upon previous notice and acceptance by the Iranians, who can protest and delay the inspections. It isn’t clear to me that the international community has any power to force inspections.
In other words, this agreement returns us to the status we had before President Bush called for sanctions, with some notable exceptions. First, Iran is further along developing its nuclear capabilities. Second, it no longer is checked from its militant intentions by a strong Iraq. Finally, its allies, Syria and Russia, have increased their own hostile actions towards other neighboring nations.
This seems to be the pattern of the Obama Administration’s foreign policies. We give up our position of power and influence, while a hostile government gains power and prestige. And the world is less safe.