Column: Negotiating nuclear program with Iran still better than war


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For some neoconservative pundits and GOP hardliners, it’s always 1938.

The provisional agreement with Iran concluded recently — freezing uranium enrichment above 5 percent, committing the Islamic state to neutralizing its stockpile of 20 percent uranium, and allowing weapons inspectors ready access to suspect sites (in exchange for unfreezing some $6 billion in Iranian assets) — is merely the latest to provoke cries of “Munich” and “appeasement.”

But there aren’t a lot of great choices when it comes to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. The Washington Post’s Max Fisher runs through the unappealing menu of “four bad options,” which include bomb Iran, invade it, take covert action to topple the regime or continue the status quo in the hopes that Iran will finally cry “uncle.” There’s one OK option — try to negotiate a deal.

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