The deal is done. The agreement is made. The ink is dry on the so-called “Iran nuclear deal,” which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). So what do we make of it?

If you listen to most Republicans, some Democrats, and most of the conservative media establishment, the deal is a bad one, and bound to lead to a duplicitous and concerted effort on the part of Iran to circumvent the deal, move forward with a clandestine nuclear program, and reap the benefits of the lifting of sanctions agreed to in the JCPOA.

According to an opinion piece on, the deal will, among other things, allow the Iranians to use funds freed up by the lifting of sanctions to fund terrorism and the Iranian military. Additionally, it will not permit Americans to be a part of the IAEA inspection teams that will inspect Iranian nuclear sites.

Those are scathing (and largely true) critiques. Yet, do they signify that the deal is a bad one?