Iran Hardliners Are Lining Up Behind The Bolton Plan to Leave the Deal

Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy testifies in front of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee about DP World's takeover of the operations of U.S. ports on Capitol Hill in Washington

Frank Gaffney, the controversial counterterrorism analyst, and forty-four others have now endorsed a plan, written by John Bolton at the urging of Steve Bannon, to withdraw from the Iran Deal.

The remaining question is what influence Gaffney’s letter will have. A request for full comment to Bolton’s representatives was not immediately returned, as he is travelling, but his office was also quick to say that Bolton “has no idea” about the letter, downplaying the possibility of coordination between parties Gaffney, Bannon and the like. Gaffney told he fully denies a Washington Post story from November 2016 that stated he was an advisor to the president-elect’s transition team. And he told me—prior to Friday’s publishing—that he had been disappointed with the administration so far. The coming weeks, as Trump reveals whether or not he will advocate for decertification, will show if that is about to change.

Curt Mills is a foreign-affairs reporter at the National Interest. Follow him on Twitter: @CurtMills.

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