Over the next three months, the fate of the Iran nuclear agreement and U.S. relations with Iran fall to President Trump and congressional leaders. There is no one as important as Sen. Ben Cardin in determining the fate of this relationship.
Unfortunately, political bickering and misinformation from critics has muddled the debate over the Iran nuclear deal. The fundamental choice is whether to support this agreement — which will verifiably block all of Iran's potential pathways to nuclear weapons for the next generation, or more — or follow the advice of pressure groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other skeptics, who claim that the agreement falls short of expectations and should
Assuming that the IAEA's tight supervision of Iran's nuclear facilities is successful, and that the IAEA is not impeded when checking out suspected nuclear facilities — two very big ifs — the question becomes how the United States and Israel will utilize the 15 year period before Iran is allowed to increase its enrichment (It will be allowed to start producing advanced centrifuges after 10 years) thereby drawing near to the capability of producing a nuclear weapon.
Negotiators from all sides discussing the Iran nuclear deal must drown out the noise and continue the hard work that has led to the progress we've so painstakingly achieved thus far. The preliminary agreement certainly does not mark the end of possibilities for U.S.-Iran diplomacy, but rather it is only the beginning.
The nuclear accord reached in Geneva last month has sparked a robust debate in the U.S. and around the world. Was the agreement a major achievement in preventing Tehran from obtaining the nuclear bomb, or does it leave the regime's nuclear apparatus intact? Well, if you ask the ayatollahs, the world has at last recognized their "right" to enrich uranium.