For sceptics, there is a depressing logic to the Iran nuclear deal. If it is trashed by Congress on the grounds Iran will not mend its ways, Iran will probably push harder for nukes, and sanctions will go anyway. It's a bad deal that we've got to accept, however reluctantly
On one of the most important strategic questions of our time, Iran's nuclear ambitions, it appears that President Obama has given up. As a sign of his priorities, however, he is playing an extraordinary amount of golf. So now we can all relax, right?
Iran plainly takes the United States as a fool in its hyper deceptive machinations for a nuclear deal. But it's so much worse than that. Bashing Israel and trying to manipulate the entire political system is also central to its plans, not that that's difficult with Barack Obama at the helm
It is almost unbelievable that Barack Obama trusts Iran over nuclear weapons even as the country's leaders chant "Death to America", and openly say that diplomatic talks are a central part of the Jihad. Obama just doesn't get it, and puts the world in mortal danger
The West never really got to grips with the Iranian nuclear programme. But Barack Obama is no longer just guilty of a lack of leadership on the matter, he is actively leading the world in the wrong direction. Danger looms, and we must confront it
If Obama does have a coherent foreign policy it is one of non-intervention, and fear of military entanglements. Certainly the US, as Saudi Arabia has made clear, is no longer a leader in Middle Eastern affairs
In contrast with America, France has detailed knowledge of Iranian nuclear programmes, and far better familiarity with Iranian negotiating psychology. That's why they've been so tough. No more monkeys; no more cheese