An Iran Nuclear Deal has been reached with the USA, Russia and other countries that will freeze advancement of Iran's nuclear program in return for easing of $7 billion to $8 billion in economic sanctions against Iran. Republican "leader" tweets that the deal was done only to distract America from Obamacare's problems.
After months of difficult and frustrating negotiations, President Obama finally made the first telephone call to Iran from America in decades to congratulate them on their success in reaching an accord that will freeze Iran's nuclear program for six months while negotiators work to remove weaponizing capability from the country. There are untold opportunities here for the saner heads of state to prevail and for the most imminent and horrific threat in the Middle East to be removed. There are also untold opportunities for failure, for the negotiators to lose the ultimate goal, and simply buy the original six months, with no further gain. And, unfortunately, there are untold opportunities for theater of the absurd. For instance, an alleged Republican "leader," one Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the #2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, responded to this evening's historic diplomatic breakthrough by tweeting, "Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care."
The Iran Nuclear Deal was crafted as a package of confidence building steps, each a small movement toward building trust and eliminating fear. Since it did not include the immediate removal of nuclear material from the country, which would have amounted to the figurative self-immolation of all Iranian leaders, Israel branded it a "bad deal" that Israel does not consider itself bound by.
This deal will almost certainly not turn out to be the deal Israel and its western allies hope for in its final iteration, and it may deflate to nothing as negotiations wend their way toward conclusion, but for now it is a beginning. There are six steps envisioned, and any one of them could be the point at which it all breaks down, but for now the vision is contained in this Embassy white paper titled "White House on Initial Understandings on Iran's Nuclear Program."
In the words of a song of the '60s: "Give Peace a Chance."