The crisis in northern Iraq must prove a salutary lesson. That Iran can wield soft power in Iraq does not need stating, but that Iran is willing to work in military cooperation with America where they have mutual interests and benefits has been swept under the carpet by ideologues refusing to "give in" to the Iranians.
For congressional hawks claiming to take a tough line against Iran's nuclear program, cutting off funding for enhanced International Atomic Energy Agency inspections over that program seems like an odd approach. Yet a new bill introduced by the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would threaten to do just that.
I had the opportunity ask former Iran hostage Josh Fattal a few questions about his imprisonment, his release, and how it has contributed to the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. As we near the July 20 deadline for a final deal, let us hope that Josh's vision for a more secure and peaceful Middle East is realized.