The High Price of U.S. Cooperation with Iran

(Wall Street Journal) Aaron David Miller - The negotiations have given Iran international legitimacy and served as a palliative toward internal dissent from a public hungry for an improved economy. Should a deal be reached, the Iranian regime will get serious sanctions relief and still be in a position to exercise nuclear weapons options in the future. It is remarkable that the Obama administration chooses to hammer the Israeli prime minister for his election statements about Israeli Arabs when Iran's repressive regime is the region's greatest violator of human rights and Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq commit atrocities against Iraqi Sunnis. U.S. interests are little served or protected by the perceptions that Iran is rising, that the U.S. is quarreling with traditional allies, and that Washington now sees Iran as a central player with the Arabs. The perception is that Iran has hoodwinked America and is playing three-dimensional chess in the region while Washington plays checkers. The writer is a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.

2015-03-31 00:00:00

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