Does America's common interest with Iran in defeating ISIS outweigh the considerable risks of signing a nuclear deal with Tehran filled with dangerous concessions? President Obama clearly believes the answer is yes. We have our doubts.
These doubts only grow stronger when we see what seems to be the real purpose of the secret letter President Obama sent to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: an even more dubious nuclear accord Secretary of State John Kerry is desperate to reach by the Nov. 24 deadline.
No doubt that's why Washington reportedly is offering significant sweeteners — like raising the number of centrifuges for enriching uranium Iran will be allowed to operate from 4,000 to 6,000. At the beginning of the year, the administration was demanding a ceiling of just 500 centrifuges.
Never mind that all this comes even as Iran continues to demonstrate its untrustworthiness by defying its international inspections obligations. Point is, looking to Iran for cooperation on ISIS is a dubious proposition. And the one thing that unites Israel with our Sunni Arab partners is this: There is perhaps no graver threat to the Middle East than a nuclear-armed Iran.
If President Obama and Secretary Kerry really want to change history with Iran, maybe they should take their lead from Ronald Reagan at the 1986 Reykjavik Summit: When Mikhail Gorbachev demanded too much, the Gipper walked away.