Trump’s Iran obsession and the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump is looking for a way to ignore reality on the nuclear deal: ‘After a contentious meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week, President Donald Trump instructed a group of trusted White House staffers to make the potential case for withholding certification of Iran at the next 90-day review of the nuclear deal. The goal was to give Trump what he felt the State Department had failed to do: the option to declare that Tehran was not in compliance with the contentious agreement.’ The State Department couldn’t honestly give Trump the “option” he wanted because there is no proof that Iran isn’t complying with the terms of the agreement. When all other parties to the deal and the IAEA agree that the deal is working as intended, it isn’t credible to assert that Iran isn’t complying without simply making things up. Trump wants his advisers in the White House to do just that.” (07/22/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-iran-obsession-and-the-nuclear-deal/