- - Thursday, August 6, 2015

In his recent speech defending the Iran deal, President Obama gave it his best but came up short (“Obama: Critics of Iran nuclear deal ‘selling a fantasy,’” Web, Aug. 5). Using speculation as fact, propping up straw-man arguments, engaging in highly partisan rhetoric and simply misrepresenting history, Mr. Obama failed to reach even the threshold of credibility.

His deal is a bad one because the very premise of negotiations was ill-conceived. In focusing only on a nuclear bomb, the president preemptively surrendered critical conditions for international harmony, including the return of the hostages, cessation of international terrorism and recognition of the right of Israel to exist.

In his desperation to get a legacy deal, Mr. Obama even retreated from his minimal stated requirements of ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections, delayed sanction relief and the maintenance of the arms embargo.

The idea of making a deal only over acquisition of the atomic bomb was a huge mistake. Nuclear bombs are useless as first-strike weapons. The mullahs understand that a unilateral attack with an nuclear weapon would result in their annihilation.

Even if the deal is defeated, the Obama administration’s unconditional negotiations have done irreparable harm to the safety and stability of the world by upending the sanctions that were having an effect, dismantling the international anti-Iran coalition and further isolating Israel.

Though comparisons have been made, the Iran deal is far worse than British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s accord with Hitler. That deal would have worked if Hitler had adhered to it. The deal with Iran is a disaster even if Iran does not violate it.

With this victory over the West, Iran has every incentive to double down on its jihad against those they consider infidels. ‘Death to Israel and America’ is still the war cry.


Boca Raton, Fla.

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