- - Monday, January 20, 2014

Unfortunately for our allies in the Middle East who are fearful of a nuclear-armed Iran, President Obama is not interested in making a fair deal. He is only interested in a deal that will serve as a political advantage (“Obama tells Senate Democrats: Don’t slap new sanctions on Iran,” Web, Jan. 16).

Mr. Obama is repeating the scenario that occurred in Syria, where he washed his hands of the conflict after Syrian President Bashar Assad agreed to get rid of the chemical weapons that consisted of only a minute amount of his weaponry. The result has been the continuing massacre of civilians without a murmur of dissent from the administration.

As far as Iran is concerned, the Iranian leadership is of the opinion (and justifiably so) that the current negotiations place no restrictions on its nuclear program. Congress is well aware of this, and although the sanctions have already been weakened during the preliminary discussions, Congress has indicated that it will increase sanctions only when negotiations fail. That certainly seems fair. Why would the administration oppose such an action? Only because it wants a deal at any cost so it can declare political victory and go back home while Iran continues its nuclear program.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring