The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Pres­i­dent Rea­gan’s wis­dom of­ten resur­faces for ac­tive use, par­tic­u­larly “Trust, but ver­ify.” The phrase is adapted from an old Rus­sian proverb “doveryai, no proveryai,” which the canny Rea­gan em­ployed nu­mer­ous times when ne­go­ti­at­ing arms con­trol with Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gor­bachev in the mid-1980s. The use­ful phrase comes up again con­cern­ing the U.S. nu­clear ac­cord with Iran in all its com­plex­ity.

“Ron­ald Rea­gan’s fa­mous ne­go­ti­at­ing ad­vice was to ‘trust, but ver­ify.’ But un­der this agree­ment, Pres­i­dent Obama is say­ing trust Iran to ver­ify. It re­lies on se­cret side deals that the Amer­i­can peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives were not al­lowed to see,” points out Rep. Michael McCaul, chair­man of the House Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee.

“Let us be clear-eyed about the deal. This was not a ne­go­ti­a­tion with an hon­est gov­ern­ment. It was a ne­go­ti­a­tion with ter­ror­ists, who chant ‘Death to Amer­ica’ and stand against free­dom and democ­racy,” he says.

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