Republican and neoconservative opposition to the nuclear accord reached between Iran and six global powers has been as unwavering as it has been nonsensical. It’s been unwavering in that they opposed it before negotiations began, they opposed it while negotiations were occurring, and oppose now it that negotiations have concluded.
The argument they have made against reaching an agreement is that Iran can’t be trusted. Neoconservatives have also argued that Iran will get nuclear weapons at the end of the deal–although Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling anyone naïve enough to listen that Iran will get the bomb in the few years … and he’s been saying that since the early 1990’s!
If we are really going to have bomb Iran anyway, wouldn’t this nuclear deal be the perfect strategic play for the United States and Israel? We’re giving up sanctions in exchange for regular inspections and valuable intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program.
If Benjamin Netanyahu and neoconservatives in the U.S. were genuinely concerned with Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, they would want more intelligence on it. They would support this nuclear accord because it allows regular inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities. To the argument that Iran will inevitably “cheat”, this agreement will make it easier for us to detect when and if Iran does cheat.
One suspects that Israel and its neoconservative allies in the U.S. don’t really care about gathering real intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program.
Just like the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was made based on trumped-up intelligence, for neoconservatives, one suspects the decision to bomb Iran has, likewise, already been made, and no amount of real intelligence is likely to get in the way of their proposed March to War.