Head over to CNN’s Global Public Square today to read (some more of) my take on why the new Iran deal is good for national security.
A few clips…
… if the Iranians cheat, the United States will have delayed Iran’s progress by six months while coming away with more information about its program.
Is this a perfect deal? No, it’s not ideal for either side. The U.S. chose not to fight for a complete dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program, and the sanctions relief Iran chose to accept is relatively minor. But, it is a good first step, and it is important to recognize that this agreement has the support of the international community.
Any deal that undercut Iran’s sense of pride would have simply empowered hardliners at the expense of pragmatic leaders inside the Islamic Republic.