Iran Hawks’ Disingenuous Interest in a Treaty with Iran

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“Iran hawks are not serious when they propose making a treaty with Iran in lieu of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). For one thing, they would oppose such a treaty under all circumstances, so they are setting up any negotiated agreement for failure. For another, previous presidents have withdrawn from treaties on the slightest pretexts, so nothing would be gained. Making an agreement into a treaty guarantees nothing about its durability. The ‘longtime bipartisan consensus’ on Iran before the nuclear deal was reached had achieved nothing except to goad Iran into expanding its nuclear program. This failed approach is what [Joe] Lieberman wants to bring back.” (11/08/21)