A viable diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear quest requires an agreement that verifiably limits its nuclear program to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons capability. Iranian leaders, by all accounts, are loath to make concessions necessary to attain such a deal. Motivating them to accept such conditions should be a primary objective for the Obama Administration, which has pledged both to "use all elements of American power to prevent a nuclear Iran" and that a "bad deal is worse is than no deal." A good deal, however, still appears remote.
We are fewer than a dozen days from the July 20 deadline for a final deal with Iran on its illicit nuclear weapons program. The Supreme Leader, who actually runs things, had this to say on Tuesday: "Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 [separate] work units (SWUs), which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of the older type that we already have. Our officials say we need 190,000 SWU. Perhaps this is not a need this year or in two years or five years, but this is the country's absolute need."
On June 16, JINSA's New York Leadership Cabinet hosted a luncheon briefing featuring FBI Special Agent Leo Taddeo. Taddeo is a Special Agent in Charge of Special Operations/Cyber Division in the FBI's New York Field Office, as well as a 2013 JINSA Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) participant.
On June 9-10, JINSA held its National Leadership meeting in Washington, DC. JINSA Leaders from across the country came to participate in a high-level briefing and tour at FBI Headquarters and to listen to an impressive list of speakers and experts at the famous Willard Hotel.
On Thursday, at the invitation of the pro-Israel group JINSA, former George W. Bush administration officials John Hannah and Eric Edelman, together with Ray Takeyh, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Dennis Ross, former adviser to President Obama, assembled to discuss the prospects for a final Iranian deal. It was illuminating, to say the least.