Is the #Iran deal really a deal at all?
There are many arguments today about the substance of the agreement between Iran and the P5+1. But there is a prior question: Is there really an agreement at all?
Looking at the text of the “agreement,” the most striking thing is the conditional or aspirational language:
“The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. … This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures. … There would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step. … This comprehensive solution would involve a reciprocal, step-by-step process. …”
Would, would, would. Not “shall.”
The White House fact sheet on the “agreement” says: “Today, the P5+1 and Iran reached a set of initial understandings. …”
But the White…
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