Stop Encouraging Third World Nuclear Programs

Many proponents of President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) like to point out that the genesis of Iran’s nuclear program actually lay with U.S. support in the years before the Islamic Revolution overthrew the shah who, before 1979 was a pillar of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Likewise, whenever panic spreads too deeply about the possibility that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of radical Islamists, some analysts and academics remind that the United States initiated Pakistan’s nuclear program as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” program. Both are true, although those that root Iran’s nuclear program in the shah’s ambitions often forget that revolutionary turmoil ended the program, and the Islamic Republic basically restarted it from scratch.

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