Paul Pillar

Haley's Dishonest Speech About the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Despite all the obfuscation and innuendo and distortions in Haley’s speech, the most important facts about the JCPOA are clear.  The agreement is working.  Iran is complying with it.  The agreement prevents any Iranian nuclear weapon—which, before the JCPOA, those who are declaiming most loudly against the agreement today were saying was their biggest concern.  As for all those other things that Iran does and that people don’t like, killing the JCPOA will do nothing to attenuate or prevent them.  Killing the agreement will only empower elements in Iran that most favor the sorts of behavior we don’t like.

And reneging on the agreement will deal another blow to U.S. credibility, which Trump already has badly battered. 

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