DENVER — The United States and other members of the P5+1 have agreed to extend the deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran by several months. While administration officials, including Secretary John Kerry, have indicated progress in the most recent round of discussions, considerable space remains between the positions of the two sides.
However, Congress and American public should be wary of the talks’ extension. This administration is eager for an agreement it could tout as a signature foreign policy achievement.
And for good reason. Its record on foreign policy is marked more by failure than success, especially on conflict-related issues. The lack of progress on so many pressing issues raises doubts about the administration’s competence and judgment to reach a deal with Iran – a state with longstanding, venomous animosity toward the US and our Mideast allies, a record of promoting terrorism against the US and those allies, and a history of perfidy on its nuclear weapons program.
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