Back­track­ing on Iran

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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