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To the Editor:

On March 28, an Opinion writer wrote about the nuclear threat and hatred of the free world by the rogue nation of Iran. Yes, I do agree that Iranian ambition and actions are a serious threat to us all. However, it is apparent that the real purpose of the guest writer was to label Obama as a misguided politician who personally crafted an ill-negotiated nuclear arms deal with Iran: "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action."

Missing among all the big words and warnings of disaster posed by the writer was the fact that the Iran nuclear deal was not something Obama dreamed up as a deal that only he alone could negotiate and implement. A little more homework on the subject, by the writer, would have revealed that the Iran nuclear deal didn't just happen overnight. And, more importantly, was the concerted efforts, over months, of a small army of negotiators representing the P5+1. The P5+1 was not a network of Obama's good old boys dragging the free world to the edge of ruin at the hands of Islamic extremism as alluded to in the viewpoint piece.

The P5+1 was comprised of professional negotiators from the: U.S., U.K., Russia, China, France and (+1) Germany. And, also there is participation from the European Union. Obviously, this nuclear deal was not the misguided efforts of an egotistical, uninformed president. Perhaps, we should give Obama a little more credit for realizing the value of cooperating with other world leaders to reign in Iran. Maybe in the long run the Iran deal will fail but at least, with all the facts presented, let it be known a true worldwide effort to keep the peace was attempted by many and should be applauded.

Mike Murray

Makanda Township

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