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Down the Road

September 5, 2015

Many concede that the Iran nuclear agreement is indeed a bad deal, but believe that it nevertheless buys time for a more robust response to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions. One friend asked, “Even if it only postpones or delays Iran’s obtaining nuclear weapons, isn’t that still a worthwhile outcome? Can’t we kick the can down the road for a decade or so, and then renegotiate or extend the agreement, with all the same options we have available today?” In a word, No. Even if Iran fully complies with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and does not cheat—a big “if”!—when its key terms expire in ten to fifteen years, we will be in a worse place: our position will be weaker, and Iran’s will be stronger.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Third Way

August 25, 2015

The decision about the proposed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not have to be a binary choice, either accepting the nuclear deal as-is or rejecting it out of hand. Thoughtful commentators, aware of both the potential benefits and the potential risks of the deal, have proposed other courses of action. Read the rest of this entry »

Iran Deal Opponents: Israeli Leaders

Israeli objections to the Iran deal cross the political spectrum. Here are some from leaders of the opposition parties. Read the rest of this entry »

Iran Deal Opponents: Arab Leaders

Arab leaders’ critiques have been mostly private, but a few have gone on the record. Read the rest of this entry »

What If the Deal Is Rejected?

August 10, 2015

Many thoughtful observers have asked, quite reasonably: What will happen if Congress votes down the nuclear deal with Iran—or if the Iranian parliament rejects it? As we debate the merits and flaws of the deal, we must consider the alternatives and potential outcomes, if it does not go through. Read the rest of this entry »

Iran Deal Opponents: Jewish Community

Many mainstream, nonpartisan Jewish community organizations have come out in opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran. Here are links to their statements. Read the rest of this entry »

Iran Deal: Poll Results

What do Americans, American Jews, Israelis, and Iranians think of the Iran nuclear deal? Read the rest of this entry »

Iran Deal Opponents: U.S. Democrats

Here is what some Democrats in Congress have said about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Read the rest of this entry »

Not War

August 3, 2015

If there are “warmongers” in the Iran debate, they are not the deal’s critics, but its proponents. Yes, there are some extremists clamoring to send in the troops, but they are very few; no credible commentators are arguing to reject the nuclear agreement and instead launch a campaign of air strikes or a ground invasion against the Islamic Republic. In fact, it’s supporters of the deal who are putting up the straw-man argument, “It’s this deal or war.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Not a Done Deal

August 2, 2015

Okay, so it’s a bad deal. It may not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Perhaps a better deal was possible. But now it’s done—signed, sealed, and delivered, the law of the land—with the unanimous endorsement of the UN Security Council to boot. So it’s time to stop haggling and move on. Right? Wrong. Read the rest of this entry »