STILL TRUSTING ‘TRUST BUT VERIFY’
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.