(Linas Garsys Illustration, The Washington Times)
Iran’s rulers brutalize their own citizens, sponsor terrorism on several continents, and openly vow “death to America.” They are determined to acquire the ability to develop nuclear weapons and deliver them to targets anywhere in the world.
Can President Obama stop them? That’s not the question.
Or rather, that’s not the question now being asked by the keenest observers of the diplomatic dance underway between Iran and the United States. What they are asking instead: Is Mr. Obama serious about trying to stop Tehran’s revolutionary theocrats from becoming nuclear-armed, or is that not really his goal at this point?
“The fear,” a former senior intelligence official told me, “is that the Iranians are going to pretend to give up their nuclear-weapons program — and we’re going to pretend to believe them.”
Similarly, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, last week told a large audience at the annual Washington Forum of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (the think tank I lead): “No one wants a diplomatic solution more than I do. But it cannot be a deal for a deal’s sake. And I am worried [President Obama and his advisers] want a deal more than they want the right deal.”
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