Fans of Iran Nuke Deal Start to Acknowledge Its Flaws

The restraints currently on Iran aren’t sufficient.

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The public line from the supporters of the Iran nuclear deal in the last two years has been clear. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the core agreement is known, is wonderful. As Barack Obama said after its negotiations were completed in 2015: "There's a reason why 99 percent of the world thinks that this is a good deal: It's because it's a good deal."

And you will encounter this kind of thing on social media today.

Most rigorous inspection regime ever applied to nuclear program. Hard to see how abandoning JCPOA doesnât leadto war

— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) September 11, 2017

This is fan fiction. This strategy to push for a "better deal" will end up weakening it & gut internat'l consensus.

— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) September 8, 2017

All of this is reminiscent of what journalist David Samuels described in 2015 as an echo chamber of prominent arms-control experts, sympathetic journalists and Obama administration staffers deployed to sell the nuclear bargain to the public and Congress. Their party line is that the deal is the best possible way to limit Iran's nuclear rise.