This all seems like good news to me, wonderful evidence that diplomacy sometimes works. But on the Republican campaign trail, and in Israel, somehow it is yet more evidence of Iranian perfidy and American weakness. Marco Rubio can stand for many:
This nuclear deal and the appeasement that has accompanied it will not improve Iranian behavior. Just the opposite—it rewards bad behavior. It teaches the world a simple lesson: when challenged, America backs down and abandons its allies.Sigh. If dismantling centrifuges and pouring concrete into reactor sites isn't good behavior, what would be? It is certainly true that Iran continues to oppose certain American allies, but damnit somebody should be opposing Saudi Arabia's criminal bombing campaign in Yemen, and Bahrain's crude oppression of its Shiite majority. Iran does support Hezbollah, but on the other hand they also actively oppose the Islamic State, which is more than anybody can say for Israel.
We've seen the result of go with your gut, good guys vs. bad guys, shock and awe methods in the Middle East, and it isn't pretty. From what they are saying, all the leading Republicans want to repeat the mistakes W made in Iraq, and that Obama and Hillary made in Libya: more intervention, more bombs, more fighting, leading to more instability. The Islamic State is scaring people just like al Qaeda once did, but we must not react with stupid violence. We know where that leads. We need more diplomacy, not less, and more engagement with anyone who can help hold back the chaos.