This is pretty surprising. First, check out the New York Times lead story on the Iran deal. Even the headline is skeptical: “Deal reached on Iran’s Nuclear Program, ‘Breakout Time’ Still a Point of Concern.”
But then check out the readers’ comments. There are nearly 2000 up; and if you look at Readers’ Picks — those letters judged best by other readers — the lineup is staggering. The readers love this deal. It’s not till you get down to the 27th comment on the popularity list that a discouraging word is heard. And the comments are smart. The readers know that there are open questions, but they hail the moment, Obama’s imagination and stick-to-it-iveness, and above all, the refusal to choose war. They understand!
Also, a number of comments mention Israel and its PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, and not in a favorable light, either.
The Times editors’ picks of Readers Letters reflect way more ambivalence. But then, the Times editors supported the Iraq war. So why should you listen to them?
Here are some excerpts of the great Readers’ Picks:
“When the history of this moment is told in times to come, I hope Barack Obama will get his proper share of credit for this wonderful and historic moment. Yes, we can. Yes, we did.” Charles H Riggs III, NY
“I’m proud that we chose reason and peace over bluster and bombs.” Abkarians, LA
“Now, let’s watch exactly who tries to sabotage the deal. Want to know who the enemies of peace, the enemies of the U.S., really are? Pay attention.” Robert Eller
“Iran was crucial in the U.S. victory over the Taleban in the aftermath of 9/11, and I believe the two nations will cooperate even more strongly in defeating ISIS.” Hamid Varzi, Spain
“Lets see – we managed to reach nuclear agreements with the USSR despite not trusting them an inch…. This is what diplomacy looks like. It is vision, taking risks, and managing a process.” John, Staunton VA
“We have a great president.” Ifkl
“Poll after poll tells us that the American public has had enough of this serial interventionism. We have a chance to avoid the chaotic carnage of another Middle East conflict.” Don Shipp, Homestead FL
“This is a huge diplomatic victory for the U.S. Americans are seen as war mongers. This victory would enhance their image around the world.” T Anand Raj, Tamil Nadu, India
“Of course many in congress will oppose this agreement putting Israel and their donors ahead of the worlds and the USA’s best interests.” Carsafrica, California
“Netanyahu hates it, so it must be good.” James Thompson, Houston
“We are bearing witness to the work of two great men who profoundly understand the power of diplomacy.” Phoenix, California
“President Obama just earned that Nobel Peace Prize he was so prematurely awarded in 2009.” David Howard, California
“The Obama administration has just saved the United States thousands of lives, tens of thousands of wounded veterans, and at least a trillion dollars.” Dave K, Cleveland
“I am a Jewish-American woman who has visited Iran twice (my most recent trip was a month ago), and I cannot speak more highly of the warmth of the people or beauty of the country.” SL, New York
“Time for Israel to grow up and join the world. Time for Saudi Arabia to stop being the spoiled brat. The investors are at the airport and waiting at the door.”
“Time for the warmongers to attack the agreement and sabotage it.” bill b, New York
“An Iran engaged with the rest of the world — with people traveling there from America, with cultural and educational cross pollination occurring — is a far better Iran than an Iran hostile and isolated.” Usha Srinivasan, MD
“Now, if we only could get Israel to lock up their stockpile of nuclear weapons.” NicV Swansea, MA