Hot buttons: Iran nuclear negotiations a dangerous game?

| December 02, 2013

Iran HB pollAs the Obama administration moved toward inking a deal with the international community that will relax some economic sanctions in exchange for new monitored restrictions on Iran’s nuclear capability, a slight majority of readers seemed to think such was indeed a dangerous game. More than 50 percent of readers voted a categorical “no” to the question of whether Iran should be able to pursue nuclear power development minus the international sanctions currently in place as a deterrent to what many believe is the country’s intent to build a nuclear weapon.

If with U.S. involvement in negotiations with the international community is able to put in place an open system of inspections to guard against any breakout nuclear-weapons capability, a sizable segment of Overdrive readers, however, saw atomic power development as feasible for the state, as it is in other states in the region, echoing the point of view of officialdom, which moved in that direction in Iran negotiations in November.

As Jamie Clemons suggested in comments on, “nobody bats an eyelash” when other countries in the Middle East build nuclear power plants. 

  • Change Iran Now

    The Iranian regime was in trouble. This was the time that Obama needed to increase the pressure and force them to make the serious concessions that they were supposed to do. Obama didn’t press them hard enough. The agreement could have been much stronger that would have in effect really abandoned and dismantled the nuclear weapons program of Iran, but didn’t.

  • Tom T

    This administration is perceived internationally as inherently
    weak and lacking resolve. Iran has never followed through

    on any of their past agreements, they only bought more time for enrichment. I see no reason to believe they will not do the same this time. I foresee a future with Israel taking out strategic locations as they did in Syria with no backlash,
    only this time I fear there will be a serious repercussion
    from not only Iran but other Islamic countries. Nothing that happens from the failed foreign policies of this administration would surprise me. All you have to do is look no further than Benghazi, or Egypt, or Syria. Putin has, in my view, assumed world dominance in political foreign policy with seemingly more influence than the U.S. in current matters while this country looks to other leaders to solve world problems. I believe this negotiation was nothing more than a smoke screen to distract from domestic failures and a weak and misguided attempt to show some
    international accomplishment regardless of where it might lead to. After all there are still plenty of people and circumstances to blame if it falls apart with dire consequences. When all else fails, blame it on Bush. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.