Iran Deal: The Return of Dr. Strangelove

Strangelove

Two articles concerning the Iran deal that appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently should be mandatory reading for all 2016 candidates and all media covering them, because they raise so many difficult questions.  And I include in this Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders because every plausible candidate from either side should be questioned in detail directly on the specifics because they concern nuclear war.  What, pray tell, is more important?

The first article is "Iran Inspections in 24 Days?  Not Even Close," by Hillel Fradkin and Lewis Libby (yes, the unfairly-incarcerated "Scooter" is back). They demonstrate how the already-excessive 24-day window for the Iranians to respond to accusations against the Islamic Republic is not even close to the real window actually being given the Iranians.  That is several months or more.

Is this surprising? Not to anyone paying the slightest attention to how this deal was negotiated.  But Fradkin and Libby have done a superb job in laying it out.

Yet more disturbing, if that's possible, is this report by Jay Solomon in the Wall Street Journal -- "Sanctions to be Lifted on Iranians Suspected of Nuclear Weapons Work":

The Obama administration and European Union agreed as part of the accord last week to lift sanctions over eight years on a network of Iranian scientists, military officers and companies long suspected by the U.S. and United Nations as central players in a covert nuclear weapons program.

The U.S. also agreed to remove a German engineer from its financial blacklist by late 2023 after he was targeted by sanctions for his alleged role in a global black market in nuclear weapons technology run by the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan.

The decision to roll back sanctions on these individuals and organizations is detailed in more than 100 pages of documents released last week as part of the landmark nuclear accord reached between Iran and six world powers.

Much more, right after the page break.