Time is right for Iran nuclear deal, shows Obama’s success

It is not a secret that the U.S. has scored a deal with Iran, some have even given it a cute pet name — the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Not surprisingly, there are some folks that have a problem with it for the sole reason being that it is with Iran. To be fair, though, here are some of the reasons that opponents are putting forth:

• The U.S. is fundamentally opposed to the way Iran has conducted itself in the past, and this deal contradicts that.

This is not a problem with the deal, this is a problem with negotiating with a country.

The U.S. negotiated arms deals with the Soviet Union. It wasn’t an endorsement of their ideals; the U.S. can negotiate an agreement with a country they don’t agree with. So long of course if the negotiation is both verifiable and there are repercussions for if the country were to default (spoiler alert: there are!).

• Releasing sanctions on Iran will enable them to both default on the deal and continue building up their nuclear program.

At least this is an actual criticism on the merits of the deal, even if it misconstrues the deal.

Not all sanctions on Iran will be relieved. Also, even with the sanctions that were in place, Iran was not ceasing all work on its nuclear program. Iran has not given up its nuclear program and has dealt with the sanctions rather than give way to unilateral efforts; the U.S. has been able to strong-arm Iran into negotiations, so why not take advantage of it? Wait, that’s right, President Barack Obama has, that is how we got the Iran nuclear deal in the first place.

• The risk of Iran defaulting on the deal is reason enough for the U.S. to not enter into an agreement such as this.

If Iran defaults on the deal, then the response would be simple: sanctions come back on a multilateral front.

The U.S. is back to where they started in regards to U.S.-Iran relations, and the GOP can do an I-told-you-so dance.

Successful negotiators know that the deal has to be satisfactory to both sides, otherwise it dissolves.

The other side has to get something out of value from the deal, that, coupled with the consequences, is what gets them to maintain the deal.

Iran wants something out of this deal, and we want that; we want all the signatories to walk away from this deal feeling as though they have accomplished something. That is how to get a durable agreement.

The United States is not a stranger to diplomacy. It has affected policy with countries it did not agree with. Why should Iran be any different?

We have a durable agreement, we have the support of allies, and we have backing on that deal.

Now it is time for everyone to sit back and see how the deal unfolds.