A group of prominent American security advisers, including five with ties to President Barrack Obama’s first term, warned on Wednesday that a deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program was at risk of failing to provide adequate safeguards.
In an open letter, the group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy experts cautioned that an Iran nuclear deal would “fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement” unless it included a tougher line on United Nations nuclear inspections and conditions for sanctions relief.
The release of the letter, which was signed by Dennis Ross, an adviser on Iran and the Middle East in Obama’s first term, comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to fly to Vienna on Friday to join the talks.
Perhaps you are as shocked as I to learn that this administration has standards when it comes to foreign policy. From here in regular America, it usually looks like they’re just making it up as they go along.
It often appears that John Kerry and President Obama are under the impression that any deal is a good deal. There is more concern that it get done than how it gets done. Kerry is worried about his legacy, which is probably clouding the issue further.
It is also highly unlikely that Obama will pay attention to this open letter, even if some of his former confidantes have signed it. If there is anything we should have learned by now, this administration is only concerned with photo ops that get them favorable coverage today and long-term consequences be damned.
But, hey, as long as the people with the classified intel say Iran is trustworthy…
And be sure to read this post from Bridget Johnson: