While we’re still trying to study and wrap our minds around the news out of Switzerland today, here are some of the early reviews of the “agreement.” I put agreement in quotes because we do not have an official deal or formal agreement yet, just an understanding between the P5+1 to continue negotiations through the end of June based on some collective understandings. Abe Greenwald of Commentary points this out and elaborates well on the problems of the agreement to date: http://tinyurl.com/m2gstxl

Once upon a time the West insisted that Iran have no centrifuges. This deal appears to give international blessing to a legitimate Iranian nuclear program, complete with thousands of centrifuges, including some at the heavily defended Fordow facility. Furthermore, the agreement appears to allow Iran to continue its research and development of highly advanced centrifuges. Judging by the reaction coming from Iran, they seem to be very happy with this “deal.”

As Patrick Brennan of National Review highlights, most of agreement seems to be huge concessions to Iran: http://tinyurl.com/qhbpgk3 However, he does point out that Iran appears to have agreed to ship its enriched uranium to Russia. If true, and enforceable, this is one positive sign.

If you want to read what the other side is thinking, the Economist is optimistic and supports the early reports of the deal: http://tinyurl.com/mxkes6s

Undoubtedly, the Obama White House will parade the news of this “agreement” in front of the nation in the coming days. No specifics have been hammered out, so its critics will not have much to latch on to. The key question its critics must raise is that given Iran’s rhetoric, support of terrorism, and previous unwillingness to disclose information about its nuclear program, how can we trust its regime to keep to this agreement?

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