It was truly a historic moment when the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany signed an accord in Geneva with Iran regarding its nuclear program this past November. The United States has not had a diplomatic relationship with Iran since the Carter era following the Iranian Hostage Crisis. So, great, this deal was reached (which is only temporary, so the world powers have six months to solidify a longer term agreement), and Iran’s nuclear program is partially “frozen” in exchange for some relief on certain economic sanctions. Iran has long peddled that its nuclear program was solely for “peaceful” ambitions (i.e. energy purposes), yet many around the world have been skeptical of that, particularly one of the United States’ allies, Israel.
On more than one occasion, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came out with anti-Israeli comments, even one time in 2005 stating the Jewish state must be “wiped off the map.” With that in mind, it’s no wonder why many have been concerned about Iran’s uranium enrichment program and its intentions regarding Israel.
So now what? What are the implications of this? Well, in the short-term, probably not many. In the short term, the deal paints President Obama as either a foreign policy genius or incompetent, depending on how you view the situation. Yet in the long-term, what have we gotten ourselves into here? Well, first of all, we have royally angered a long-time ally of ours.
Israel is terrified of Iran and the nation’s intentions and the new relationship Obama is posturing toward Iran may give the impression to Israel that the United States might not be as into Israel’s protection as the country would like. Who knows where Iran’s enrichment program will be going in the future. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani maintained after the agreement that “the deal recognizes Tehran’s right to maintain an enrichment program.” Secretary of State, John Kerry has responded that this is not the case, so there seems to be a disagreement over what the text of this accord actually says…problematic. But at any rate, Iran has been relieved of some harsh economic sanctions possibly disproportionately to the amount the nuclear program has been halted. Their enrichment program still stands, and, while the creators of this accord will say that Iran will have no capability of building a bomb, who is to say what the future will hold? Many see this agreement as an underhand toss for Iran and demonstrates the United States taking a soft stance on the nation.
What do you think about the Iranian nuclear agreement? Sound foreign policy or a recipe for disaster?