Nuke Deal Gives Iran Room to Cheat

There's no way to impose small, measured sanctions for small, measured violations.

Maybe those smiles are a bit premature.

Photographer: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

A couple of weeks before the Iran agreement was finalized, I argued in this space that the negotiations could in theory reach an acceptable outcome even if one expected the Iranian regime to do a small amount of cheating. I still believe that. What I didn't anticipate was that room for cheating might be baked into the deal. But I fear that's exactly what's happened.

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