The reason is clear: The Obama administration also sees no contradiction between Tehran’s aggression and the negotiated resolution of nuclear concerns. Specifically, Washington fears that challenging Iran’s drive for regional supremacy would undermine prospects for a final agreement, and therefore has largely turned a blind eye to its brazen provocations. As White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has argued, Iran’s naval aggression simply reinforces the need to finalize a nuclear deal in order to prevent Tehran from becoming “even more destabilizing” and “even more dangerous.”The opposite is the case. By signing an agreement that would allow Tehran to retain its nuclear infrastructure, resume all nuclear activities after 10 to 15 years, and receive sanctions relief prior to full compliance with the deal, the Obama administration would embolden the regime to continue its regional aggression, secure in the knowledge that its growing nuclear capabilities will increasingly shield it from retaliation.
May 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM EDT