(FDR: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" )
I don't know about you, but I'm happy whenever we can come to an agreement with a country viewed as an enemy of our state. Aren't we always being told that we have the most powerful military, the best technology, smartest people and the greatest way of life in the world? Yet whenever Iran is mentioned there is a big faction of people who are so frightened by them that their only solution is to smash them to pieces. And then they get to go on television and promote their bloodthirsty views.
Some Americans do have very short memories, because only a few years ago President Bush attacked Afghanistan and Iraq on the advice of the neocons, and that turned out to be as disastrous a foreign policy move for American and the world as we've ever seen. And since the Iranian deal was announced, we'll be forced to see an endless parade of those same neocons and war hawks lining up on our airwaves, crying about a short term deal that was negotiated without their participation. They are very cross with Obama for not telling them about those secret meetings. If they hadn't been secret, nothing would have been achieved. The fact that we had serious discussions with a country in which we haven't talked to in over thirty years is impressive. I have been very critical of the Obama administration at times, but this was an excellent move. Even the Washington Post's editorial board approves of the action: An Iran deal worth trying — risks and all
The most welcome parts of the agreement will end Iran’s production of medium-enriched uranium, convert its current stockpile into a less dangerous form and stop the completion of a reactor that could have begun producing plutonium next year. More extensive international inspections will add another measure of safety against an Iranian breakout.
You know if a Republican had struck this deal it would be hailed as their Gorbachev moment by the media and conservatives.