Wildly Wishful Thinking


Both Kenneth Bialkin’s online Opinion piece, “The Framework – A Cul-de-Sac” (http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/opinion/framework-cul-de-sac-0), and Edith Everett’s online Opinion, “Why The Iran Deal Makes Sense” (http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial-opinion/opinion/why-iran-deal-makes-sense), about the Iran nuclear talks, presented
cogent, hard-headed analysis against wildly wishful thinking.

As of now, there is no
actual agreement, only an extremely vague framework for continuing
negotiations. Some absolutely critical issues remain unresolved. Very
different understandings, particularly concerning the extent and timing of
sanctions relief, are already emerging. Though the Obama administration is
awash in self-congratulation, it is the Iranians who are smiling. With the
administration so visibly desperate for just about any deal, could it really
be that it was they who finally blinked?
That regime has never met an agreement it wouldn’t break, nor any lie it
wouldn’t speak.

Even without cheating, 
subset provisions would leave Iran an economically powerful, militarily
aggressive, nuclear threshold state, spelling curtains for the
Non-Proliferation Treaty. 

For Obama, hardly “the greatest friend to Israel,” everything’s personal, viewing any agreement as his foreign policy legacy. He’s very unlikely, though, to be very happy about what is nearly certain to be the ultimate highly
negative verdict of history.