There are reasonable alternatives to the Iran deal

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Yoram Ettinger, editor of TheEttingerReport.com, is a former Israeli diplomat, and is now researcher, writer, and lecturer on Middle East affairs.  He wrote this article for Israel Hayom, where it appeared on July 19, 2015.

The worldview held by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter — which was resoundingly rejected by President Bill Clinton during the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns — has been resuscitated throughout the lengthy negotiations and recent agreement reached with Iran.

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The 1979 Islamic fundamentalist revolution in Iran.

Consistent with Carter’s worldview, the negotiation process and the agreement with Iran have highlighted a number of things: the sacrifice of America’s independent unilateral national security action on the altar of multilateralism; the erosion of U.S. confidence in its own (well-established) moral and geostrategic high-ground and capabilities; underestimation of the intensifying threats posed by rogue regimes to U.S. national security; the assumption (which defies precedents) that rogue regimes respond constructively to diplomatic engagement rather than to surgical military threat to vital installations (with no troops on the ground); the voluntary abdication of proactive U.S. global leadership (at a time when the U.S. and global sanity need it desperately); and the collapse of the U.S. power-projection and posture of deterrence (worse than during the Carter era).

In 1979, Carter facilitated the ayatollahs’ rise to power; in 2015, his worldview is catapulting the ayatollahs to an unprecedented strategic height, domestically, regionally and globally, thereby jeopardizing critical U.S. interests and bringing terrorism closer to the North American continent.

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