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Alternative to Iran nuke deal is ever-heightening tensions

Much is unknown about how Donald Trump's foreign policy will play out. If the experience of his predecessors is anything to go by, the Middle East will attract outsize time and resources. When that historically irresistible draw happens, Trump's priority should not be peace between Israel and Palestine or even renewing the fight against ISIS. It should be sustaining and enforcing the Iran nuclear deal.

More than anything else, the Iran nuclear deal must be kept because the alternative is a return to ever-heightening tensions and clamoring by hawks in both countries. From 2003 to 2014, years of unrelenting U.S. sanctions and confrontation, Iran went from 164 centrifuges to 19,000. The hostile approach generates a more expansive, less transparent Iranian nuclear program and increases the chances for another disastrous U.S. war in the Middle East. Let's hope the Trump administration chooses not to go that route.

Source: Cato Institute 2017 voting recommendation on Iranian nukes , Jan 25, 2017

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