A Slow Death for the Iran Deal

As Abba Eban observed, “Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources.” So it goes with America and the Iran deal. President Trump announced Friday that the U.S. would stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), even while he refused to certify under U.S. law that the deal is in the national interest. “Decertification,” a bright, shiny object for many, obscures the real issue — whether the agreement should survive. Mr. Trump has “scotch’d the snake, not kill’d it.”

While Congress considers how to respond — or, more likely, not respond — we should focus on the grave threats inherent in the deal. Peripheral issues have often dominated the debate; forests have been felled arguing over whether Iran has complied with the deal’s terms. Proposed “fixes” now abound, such as a suggestion to eliminate the sunset provisions on the deal’s core provisions.

The core provisions are the central danger. There are no real “fixes” to this intrinsically misconceived agreement. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which Iran is a party, has never included sunset clauses, but the mullahs have been violating it for decades.

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  • Allowing the mullahs to get a nuke is a fool’s game.

  • Spatchcocked

    I don’t see a bright future for that mullocracy.

    • Watchman

      I fear that were will see a bright future for the mullocracy, with an intense initial flash, and a longer intense heat pulse. And not just one. Because if that happens we would already be in a world of trouble. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine only works against people and cultures that fear death instead of looking forward to embracing it.