OBSERVATION: Our U.S. negotiators probably got the best deal they could but given the stakes in the currently proposed Iran agreement, no deal is better than a bad deal.

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I don’t usually state political opinions on this blog but I have and will when i think an issue is particularly important and there seems to be an interest in my opinion. Thus, I am “coming out” on my view of the current Iran agreement proposal knowing it will anger or disappoint some of you. I hope that doesn’t destroy our relationship but if we can’t disagree there wasn’t much to the relationship to begin with.

NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL. I do not think that the Iran agreement negotiators on our side were incompetent or naive. I think they really may have got the best deal they could get. That doesn’t mean its a good deal nor one we should accept. Personally, I think the risks and deficiencies far out weigh the possible benefits. The idea of sending them back to get a better deal is naive, however. Sometimes there is a limit to what can be attained by negotiation.

What’s possible in any negotiation is usually a function of leverage. People do what they must and give up no more than they think they have to considering the alternative of no deal. Unless events change and we get more leverage, the Iranians have given all they are willing to and, sadly, our European allies seem content. The world without a deal, however, is no less uncertain than the world with this deal and I hope we walk away.

We still have a wide range of options to either pro-actively shape the situation or constructively react. War is, by no means, the only alternative but even that must be on the table given the stakes of terrorism, nuclear or not. In this case, no deal is better than a bad deal.

Comments 3

  1. We all have a right to our opinion and yours is as valid as anyone who makes theirs known. Thanks for having the “guts” to make yours known.

    I believe that Americans feel that we are so powerful that we don’t have to compromise. That may have been so in the past, but things have changed. Other countries are not taking bullying from us any longer. Therefore America sometimes has to be willing to accept a “thimbleful” of give from the adversary. And I am not supporting other countries at the expense of America either. Right or wrong, other countries are holding to their desires. We have nuclear warheads and I can imagine that they don’t sleep well knowing that. We seem to think we are smart enough not to use nuclear warfare, and they are crazy enough to use it. I doubt either are correct. I want to trust that leaders from other countries of power have enough respect for life to consider more than twice before they would just nuclear bomb away. As a child, I learned that the communists had little respect for life when it came to war. I believe that was propaganda. Radical groups certainly have little regards for life, Surely virtually all country leaders realize that in declaring nuclear way, nobody wins!

  2. There are problems with no deal as well as with a bad deal, if that is truly what it is. Iran has been working on its nuclear capacity, and not having a deal will not make them stop. With a deal we have some opportunity to know what is going on there. Making war has not solved very much in recent years. Let’s see if talking will make a difference.

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