There seems to be an equal amount of euphoria and angst over the Iran nuclear deal struck by Secretary Kerry in Brussels this week. Democrats think it is a breakthrough that holds the promise of a safer world and more stable Middle East.
Republicans say that instead of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, this deal is likely to fuel a nuclear arms race around the world.
So who’s right? Who knows? Time will give us the answer, but there is one clue to which we should pay attention. Our worst enemies in the Middle East and in fact, the world, think this is a good idea. Syria and Russia solidly back it. Now, when was the last time either country supported anything the U.S. did? And our greatest allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia think this was a terrible mistake. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it “a stunning historic mistake.”
What we do know for sure is that Iran is the world’s leading exporter of terror. They are major supporters of ISIS, for example. We know that this agreement will lift most of the sanctions on Iran and will free up about $150 billion dollars, much of which they can use to support more terrorism.
As I said, time will tell if this is a good deal or a stunning historic mistake.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.