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JACK SIMPSON: Bold move — or historic mistake?

It is a cold, wet, dreary day with even some snowflakes reported in the local area. And, as of this writing, it is a few days before we celebrate Thanksgiving. People wonder if we should give thanks for the recent deal with Iran, where they get relief from sanctions and the world gets a promise that Iran will not develop a bomb and open up its nuclear program.

Professor Alan Dershawitz does not believe this deal is a wise one and thinks President Obama has made a “cataclysmic” error in making such an agreement.

A former Iranian hostage concurs that this agreement is foolish. The hostage never found an Iranian leader considered trustworthy.

As President Obama releases $8 billion of Iran’s frozen assets, Iran keeps right on operating its nuclear sites. It claims with or without a deal, Iran will continue enriching uranium.

Professor Dershawitz believes the administration is naïve if it doesn’t think this agreement will bring an arms race to the Middle East. Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as members of Congress, are wary of the Iran deal. In fact, Israel has spoken out saying this deal is an “historic mistake.” Israel firmly believes that if Iran gets an atomic weapon that Israel will be in danger of obliteration. Israel reserves the right to self defense. According to Ambassador John Bolton, President Obama may have reduced sanctions against Iran as a way to discourage Israel from making a strike against Iran.

At this juncture, Israel may feel that a strike may be its only salvation. Iran has not revealed to the Atomic Energy Agency what is going on at two of its nuclear sites. There is no guarantee enrichment of uranium will be only for peaceful purposes. Will Iran practice deception?

Sen. Lindsay Graham has his doubts about this deal. He wants Iran’s nuclear capability dismantled and sanctions, which are working, continued.

General Michael Hayden says this deal has in fact made Iran a nuclear capable state.

And, meanwhile President Obama is publicly defending the Iran agreement against all skeptics in Congress and in the world community. These skeptics fail to see how this agreement deters Iran from its nuclear course. Those who agree with the president think his deal is a bold one.

Sen. John McCain has listened but still wants to keep sanctions.

Sen. Rubio of Florida feels that if you are Iran, you can lie and cheat for a decade because eventually the United States will tire and drop its key demands.

So, is this agreement a bold move, or an “historic mistake” or have we finally made Iran see the light? Your guess is as good as mine.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.