Skip to comments.Iran Nuclear Deal a Clear Success (facepalm)
Posted on 07/16/2015 7:45:26 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The deal just struck between the U.S., world powers, and Iran is an historic achievement that decreases the likelihood of an Iranian nuclear weapon and forestalls the risk of another costly U.S. war in the Middle East.
But while the diplomats in Vienna are finished wrangling over the final details, the Obama administration is by no means finished fighting for the agreement’s survival. Congress has 60 days with which to review the deal for final approval, and while Republicans may not have a veto-proof majority, they — along with some Democrats — remain vehemently opposed to any plausible peaceful resolution.
The debate over Iran diplomacy was really two debates, in which each side was arguing over something different. On the one side was a strikingly broad consensus of nearly the entire arms control community, which recognizes what the deal can achieve in terms of nonproliferation and regional stability. On the opposing side is the Iran hawk community, which focused less on the nuclear issue than on finding ways to isolate and ultimately destroy Iran’s clerical regime, by military force if necessary, nuclear program or not.
The near-consensus among arms controllers is due to the deal’s strong nonproliferation features. Under the deal, Iran would reduce its stockpile of centrifuges by two-thirds and dismantle about 97% of its low-enriched uranium. For 15 years, the Iranians will be prohibited from enriching any uranium at their Fordow site and the Arak reactor for plutonium production would be permanently disabled.
“The nuclear agreement is indeed helpful from the point of view of nonproliferation, and Iran has no path to regional hegemony in the policy-relevant future.”
Throughout, Iran would be subject to one of the most robust and intrusive inspection regimes in the world, with continuous video monitoring of its uranium mines for the next 25 years and monitoring of centrifuge production facilities for 20 years. Expanded inspections under the Additional Protocol are permanent.
As 30 nonproliferation experts attested to in a statement in April, the agreement reduces the likelihood of destabilizing nuclear weapons competition in the Middle East, and strengthens global efforts to prevent proliferation, including the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Under the deal, Iran’s breakout time — the amount of time it would take to produce one bombs-worth of highly enriched uranium if it decided to do so — would be extended to roughly one year, up from roughly three months at the interim agreement’s inception.
To review these technical parameters and feverishly warn that the deal paves the way for a nuclear Iran, as Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, and others recently have is bizarre. Similarly, to declare as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, recently did that the deal would produce a cascade of proliferation in the region relies on an array of interlocking dubious assumptions.
What these wildly divergent assessments seem to indicate is that the sides were arguing over different problems. For the arms control community, the problem was an Iranian nuclear weapons capability. For them, given the one-two punch of political reality and the terms of the agreement, the deal was a good thing. It significantly reduced the probability of an Iranian nuclear weapon and could meet both sides minimum standard of necessity.
For neoconservatives and interventionist Democrats, the nuclear program was but one piece of a much larger problem: a looming Persian menace that threatened to dominate the Middle East. This explains the specious nonproliferation arguments offered in opposition to the deal, as well as the increased warnings of Iranian regional hegemony heard in the run-up to the deal.
These sorts of arguments are tendentious in the extreme, because on their own terms they fall short. The nuclear agreement is indeed helpful from the point of view of nonproliferation, and Iran has no path to regional hegemony in the policy-relevant future. Instead, these claims seem to be part of a larger strategy under which everything that happens tied to Iran is treated as a threat.
But the question in the context of nuclear diplomacy was never a choice between a neutered, Israel-recognizing liberal Iran or an empowered nuclear theocracy. It was between a nasty but weak regional power with little power-projection capability, closer or further away from a nuclear weapons capability. And on these terms, the agreement must be viewed as a clear success.
For What (Little) It’s Worth:
CATO is a whole owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.
Charles Koch is a Libertarian...
The antisemitic contingent speaketh. If this doesn’t kill the “libertarian leanings” within many self-identified conservatives, I do not know what will.
But I think they've already bought it. In cash.
I see this foreign policy view as being similar to Ron Paul’
s. The domestic policy prescriptions of Cato are usually right on the money, but with foreign policy, on occasion they might as well be wearing tinfoil hats.
Me thinks these two appeasers do need an appeaseotomy!!! (And a frontal lobotomy!!!)
Have these two Liberaltarians gotten married yet? I thought maybe they were honeymooning in San Franpsycho with some of their Hamas “best men!” My suggestion is far more prescient than theirs.
The artcle is correct. Its just mis-titled; should be
“Iran Nuclear Deal a Clear Sucess For Terrorists”
Will Congress be on vacation for most of the 60 days ?
I wonder what the libertarian Koch’s will think when the newly richer and more powerful and dangerous Iran funds more terrorism and Koch Industries becomes the unlucky target-of-the-moment.
Idiocy. We will all suffer greatly because of this absurd and moronic self delusion our president is determined to saddle us with. Heaven save us from idiots.
How does one dismantle low enriched uranium ? You guys can at least use writers that have a little bit of knowledge about the topic.
What was anti-Semitic about the article? Does any divergence from Israel’s official views count as ‘anti-Semitic’ now?
How about repeating almost verbatim every lie uttered by Obama and his administration? That qualifies.
BTW, it’s typically Stormfronters and other such hard-lefties that like to say stuff like “any divergence from Israel’s official views”, without saying which ones could ever be bad or wrong with respect to Iran. IBTZ?
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