The Iran Deal Violations Begin

Throughout the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, critics of the agreement did more than point out its weaknesses. They also argued that given Iran’s long record of violating existing agreements, it was almost certain that Tehran would ignore many, if not most of its restrictions at the first opportunity. This claim was pooh-poohed by President Obama and his supporters who asserted that the safeguards in the pact would prevent cheating. More importantly, the mindset behind the decision to essentially grant international approval to Iran’s nuclear program was based on the notion that the Islamist regime could be trusted and would, given enough encouragement, ultimately change to become a partner for the West. The jaw-dropping naïveté that was the foundation of administration policy is part of what led to what polls showed to be most of the American people and large majorities in both the House and the Senate to oppose the deal (though not enough, thanks to partisan Democrats, to stop it). But critics didn’t have to wait long for their predictions to start coming true. As the New York Times reported today, Iran announced a long-range missile test in violation of the restrictions on their missile program that was promised by the administration.

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The Iran Deal Violations Begin

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