I’m glad there was an Iranian nuclear deal if for no other reason because it might thaw relations between our countries moving forward.  Americans and Persians have a lot more in common than most people seem to realize.  As far as being a framework that will in any way help to contain nuclear escalation in the Middle East – fat chance.  If the GOP was smart, they’d take this deal, get their guy elected President, have him demand an unreasonable inspection regime, then howl and point and let loose the dogs of war when they don’t comply.  We should be calling on BOTH our friends and enemies to support a broader nuclear-free Middle East.  Only then can we begin to address the real concerns leading to proliferation.  #soapbox