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Diplomacy With Iran Proves Worthy Of Time, Criticisms

January 18, 2016

The rule is always the same.

We do not cut large deals with those who are our friends, but instead strive to find a way forward with our enemies.   We will not get everything we want in these types of negotiations, nor deny the other side all they want.

But at the end it is still important to try to work things out diplomatically, and when we succeed the reasons it was all worth it becomes very clear.  Such is the case with the Iran nuclear deal that was implemented this weekend.

No can lay claim to any illusion that Iran is now an ally or someone that can be trusted.  That is why safeguards were placed into the treaty to make sure that actions which run counter to the deal can be dealt with in a fashion that leaves no doubt serious international players demand accountability.

Watching the news over the weekend proved that those who apply the long game to international policy making are the ones who can feel the sense of accomplishment.  President Obama was determined as far back as the 2008 election to meet the challenge of concluding a nuclear deal with Iran.     Once in office Obama used his power and skills to push a diplomatic solution over a military one when it came to the threat of Iran’s production of a nuclear bomb.

Through the process Obama not only had to wade through the many pockets of power and bombast in Iranian politics, but also deal with the never-ending array of three-thumbers in America who could not fathom how words, patience, and diplomacy could prevail.

We now have every reason to think this treaty will work, and when pressures develop, as they always do with international relations, the past success can prove light for the way forward.

This treaty does not seek to pretend that Iran is a clean actor on the world stage.  Rather the treaty says we know what our interests are and worked to seek out the best way to remedy a matter that could have led to military confrontation at some point down the road.

In so doing we are also opening a broader channel within Iran for the moderate forces to shape and mold a more modern and respected Iran.  That is essential for the long term needs of the region.    Lifting Iran’s economy will allow for businesses to grow, workers to increase wages, and the desire within more and more people to be one with the rest of the world.

That is the perhaps the best part of the treaty, and one that must not be overlooked.    For it is a changed mindset that can move Iran from the list of enemies to the list of nations where we do not need to sit down and negotiate hard treaties.

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