The right move
The Obama administration entered the Iran deal with two goals in mind: to delay the entry of Iran into the nuclear armed nations club, and to help improve the lot of the people of Iran. It has failed on both. The key flaw in the deal is that Iran is allowed to “self-inspect” its military nuclear research centers, meaning no independent inspectors may see if the military centers are producing bomb components, and the international community has to take a “trust me” card from the Iranian government. Given the recent Israeli intelligence findings, it’s highly probable there is an ongoing Iranian “shadow” nuclear weapon program, which will be discovered soon after the end of the promised delay.
The Iranian people have not benefited from the improved cash flow to Iran. That extra money has instead been used to support military adventurism in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and the development of new weapons. Unemployment is high, commodities are scarce and inflation has driven the exchange rate to 70,000 Rials to one U.S. dollar.
Given the Trump administration has been tough on North Korea regarding nuclear weapons, it would be inconsistent to continue to give Iran a pass. The idea that walking away from the deal makes the U.S. appear untrustworthy is ludicrous, since it was never a treaty that committed the nation. Making a new treaty that’s reliable, verifiable and has the full consent of the U.S. Senate is the right way to go.