Iran Deal: Obama Faces Struggle To Seal Legacy

When it involves Iran’s nuclear aspirations, it seems. Many hours of airtime and acres of newsprint have been expended on the overtime “deal” to limit Iran’s capability to build a nuclear weapon.

Iran Deal Obama Faces Struggle

But as yet it’s all ifs, buts and maybes. More than any other deal the devil in this one really is in the detail. And that’s where the problems arise.

President Barack Obama faces a monumental fight to make his legacy project happen and keep the world safe from a nuclear-armed Iran. And most of the opposition comes from within the US.

Put simply, much of the population here and many members of Congress of both stripes don’t trust the Iranians or Mr Obama’s resolve to hold the powerbrokers in Tehran’s feet to the flames should they backslide on their commitments.

The framework for the deal, which would only actually become tangible on 30 June if all goes well, in simple terms, restricts Iran’s ability to enrich uranium to weapons grade.

In return, the US and the rest of the world will slowly release their boot from Tehran’s economic neck.

Mr Obama calls the breakthrough “historic” and says it will make the world a safer place.

His opponents say he’s being hoodwinked by canny, untrustworthy, double-speakers in Iran who will wriggle and squirm to free themselves from the nuclear shackles while spending their newfound wealth on destabilising the Middle East and plotting America’s demise.

Congress already has its sights set on the Iranian situation and is demanding a say in the final deal and reassurances that crippling sanctions, which got Iran to talk in the first place, will snap back into place if there’s a sniff of Tehran pushing ahead with a nuke.

Mr Obama has a couple of weeks to get his political retaliation in first.

Congress is not back from its recess until the middle of the month and the White House will hope to have “sold” the upsides of the deal sufficiently to head off any unrest from lawmakers, which might overturn Mr Obama’s grand plan.

Unsurprisingly, Israel doesn’t like the deal either.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has made it abundantly clear, that deal or not, Israel won’t hesitate to take military action against Iran if it feels threatened.

Israel and Mr Netanyahu have many supporters here in the US.

He controversially addressed Congress on the perils of Iran just last month, much to the chagrin of the Obama administration.

And House Speaker John Boehner, who called the framework “naive”, has been in Jerusalem this week hearing first-hand the Israeli objections to parlaying with Tehran.

In truth, the outline of the deal is tougher on Iran than many here expected and many of the naysayers will have to recalibrate their opposition if they are to continue to cry foul.

But when is a deal not a deal?

Right now, right here in America.

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