On June 14, 2015, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 (The United States, The United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, plus Germany) reached a negotiated agreement that limits Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Under the terms of the agreement, Iran can no longer produce weapons-grade nuclear power. In exchange for this, economic sanctions will be lifted.

Of course, the details are too complex to squeeze into a two-sentence summary. Some are hailing the deal as a breakthrough in nonproliferation diplomacy while critics are saying that the United States and her allies have completely caved in. But this deal is not for the critics or cheerleaders to approve; the United States Senate has the final say. This deal does have flaws, but the end game of the negotiations was to strike a crippling blow to Iran’s nuclear capability, and in that regard, it worked.

The key component of the deal for Iran was the lifting of economic sanctions. Because of these sanctions, the Iranian people (not the government in power) were suffering from a profound economic downturn. However, the economic uptick the people of Iran are hoping for may not come to fruition. Many fear that the Iranian government may use the hundreds of billions of dollars to continue to finance terror groups throughout the world and continue to conduct proxy wars against Israel and Saudi Arabia. Even under strict economic sanctions, Iran supported the Assad regime in Syria to the tune of $1 billion.

“Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.”