President Barack Obama answers questions about the Iran nuclear deal during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 15, 2015. 
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Let Me Finish: The Iran nuclear deal

Let me finish with the Iranian nuclear deal.

Here’s a blunt, direct way to look at the choice now facing the United States Congress.

If they dump this deal, no one believes there will be another for the basic reason we will not have the other major countries in on the deal. They believe we’ve gone as far as we can go with diplomacy, as far as the Iranian government is willing to go.

So there you have it, the challenge to the critics. If you don’t like this deal, you’re basically calling for a military attack on Iran. If you’re calling for that, be prepared to defend the potential consequences.

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Not being a large fan of Dick Cheney on such matters, I believe his position, and that of former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, serve a public service. They both want to bomb, a clear alternative to the leadership we’re getting from President Obama.

Let me leave you with one, perhaps more important point.  Its about the upcoming presidential election.  

The minute we started talking about Iran’s nuclear danger, I realized the oddness of considering Donald Trump in this context. 

Does anyone really want him on our country’s military trigger? Does anyone believe he should be the one making decisions on nuclear matters? If you believe the Iranians are temperamentally unsuited for a negotiated deal, imagine having them on one side of the table, Trump on the other.

And if that’s what you want to have, you should be celebrating that Trump is now leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. 

 

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Let Me Finish: The Iran nuclear deal