Elder statesmen Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, both former U.S. secretaries of state, have slammed the Obama administration's framework nuclear agreement with Iran.
While Iran treated the mere fact of its willingness to negotiate as a concession, the West has felt compelled to break every deadlock with a new proposal. In the process, the Iranian program has reached a point officially described as being within two to three months of building a nuclear weapon. Under the proposed agreement, for 10 years Iran will never be further than one year from a nuclear weapon and, after a decade, will be significantly closer.
In a large country with multiple facilities and ample experience in nuclear concealment, violations will be inherently difficult to detect. Devising theoretical models of inspection is one thing. Enforcing compliance, week after week, despite competing international crises and domestic distractions, is another.
status as highly respected veteran diplomats. Moreover, they are both seen as "realists," rather than ideologically driven liberals or neoconservatives. President Obama has often defended his approach to Iran as a realist one, making Kissinger and Shultz's criticism particularly biting.