Washington Post Criticizes Obama’s Nuclear Deal For Falling Short

AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski
AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

The Washington Post is dismissing President Obama’s announcement of a “historic understanding” with Iran yesterday, reminding him of the administrations 2012 promises.

“None of Iran’s nuclear facilities — including the Fordow center buried under a mountain — will be closed. Not one of the country’s 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled. Tehran’s existing stockpile of enriched uranium will be ‘reduced’ but not necessarily shipped out of the country,” the Post editorial reads. “In effect, Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will remain intact, though some of it will be mothballed for 10 years. When the accord lapses, the Islamic republic will instantly become a threshold nuclear state.”

The editorial staff warns that ending the sanctions in Iran would provide a “huge economic boost” to the country, aiding its military aggression throughout the Middle East. The editorial also puzzled over the lack of detail in the agreement about what “key nuclear related steps” were required for Iran to complete before an agreement.

In closing, the editorial acknowledged that Obama appeared more eager to engage with the Iranians than with critics of his strategy, both in the United States and the Middle East.

“We hope Mr. Obama will make as much effort to engage in good faith with skeptical allies and domestic critics as he has with the Iranian regime,” the editorial concluded.