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Alan Goldsmith
Alan Goldsmith
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      Alan Goldsmith

      Alan Goldsmith is a national security professional in Washington, D.C. He served as a professional staff member for the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2013.

Is Iran Complying With The Nuclear Deal? A Classified Report May Hold The Answer

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes part in a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Is Iran complying with the nuclear deal? The Trump administration has twice certified to Congress that Tehran is indeed in compliance—or so the news media has reported. In reality, the administration has made no such certification, but a classified and largely ignored government report would better illuminate whether Iran is adhering to its obligations. The executive branch should declassify this document so that Americans can know more about Iran’s compliance—or noncompliance—with the agreement.

Hagel’s biggest problem: Inexperience

6:57 PM 01/14/2013

If Chuck Hagel were hawkish on Iran, unequivocally pro-Israel, and a longstanding supporter of gay rights, he still would not be the right choice for secretary of defense. Fierce criticism of Mr. Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon has centered on his general foreign policy bent — in particular his views on Israel and Iran — and his opposition to an ambassadorial selection because the nominee was “openly, aggressively gay.” But it is time to emphasize the biggest problem with Mr. Hagel’s nomination — his lack of managerial and professional qualifications.