Sep 28, 2023Liked by Jeff Stein

When retired General Colin Powell – former US Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – said he had vigorously studied the JCPOA agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, he said “..it’s a pretty good deal.” The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – signed by Iran, Russia, China, France, the UK, the US, Germany, together with the European Union- would reduce Iran’s centrifuges, Iran’s uranium stockpile, and shut down Iran’s plutonium reactor, with monitoring and verifying compliance by the IAEA.

I found it wonderfully remarkable that Colin Powell – appointed on January 20, 2001 by Republican president GW Bush – supported the Obama(D) administration and other countries’ negotiations with Iran. The JCPOA was finalized in July 1015.


On May 8, 2018 Trump announced United States withdrawal from the JCPOA.


…AND from Sen Ted Cruz’ press release Sept 26, 2023: When Joe Biden was elected, the Iranian regime’s nuclear program was in a box, their economy was on the brink of collapse, and their oil exports had cratered. President Biden and Biden officials have allowed the regime to get within reach of a nuclear arsenal, restore their economy, and export millions of barrels per day of oil worth hundreds of billions of dollars.


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Great article, I am so happy we have some truth on this matter. I am an onlooker, not at all an expert, yet have been around a while. I was stationed in West Germany when the Iranian revolution happened. My unit used to go to Iran every year (I was on the team that went to Turkey and I still love Turkey). I knew there was a foul smell with that Semafor article I read a day or two ago. The Iran deal was one of the few things I agreed with from Obama and one of the few things policy wise I disagreed with from Trump. I got a lot of flak from friends on my position on the Iran deal. I have no axe to grind, but am a person that believes that diplomacy is the way to resolve problems, unlike most folks in government, which includes the State Dept (See Ukraine as exhibit 1). I am just happy we haven't gone to war against Iran yet. I am pretty sure that is coming, though.

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