Backtracking on Iran
The June 25 editorial “Mr. Khamenei’s nuclear threats” pointed out that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced red lines are contrary to the interim deal to which the Obama administration agreed. It is no surprise that Mr. Khamenei has taken this step. Many have noted that Iran’s effort to secure nuclear weapons would not be abandoned if a deal were signed. Others pointed out that President Obama’s and Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s backtracking on terms for a “good deal” would lead the Iranians to insist on terms that would allow them to continue their pursuit of the weapons. When Mr. Obama said this month there was no military option to destroy Iran’s nuclear program, he gave up his last “stick” in the negotiations.
I fear Mr. Obama is more interested in securing any deal than a good deal. We will see him accede to Mr. Khamenei, leaving the world a more dangerous place for the next president to fix and the United States’ credibility further diminished.
Sam Charnoff, Potomac