Just my two cents, which actually has no cash value at all....
Of course the O'Bama administration is touting the new Iran / 5+1 (or whatever it's called) nuclear freeze deal, and now our living rooms are being blasted with TV commercials saying it will be the end of the world and we must stop it. So who's right?
IMHO both are. There is no way we are going to get (our definition of) a good deal with the Iranians. They are led by religious zealots who don't care what the world or even their own people want. Oh sure, they trotted out the guy with the neatly trimmed facial hair and a suit of western-style clothes to be their front man....
....but it's really this guy, their Grand Exalted PooBah, who holds the real power, and he has said the agreement will in no way alter his determination to destroy Israel or deter him from spreading his pro-Shia Muslim influence across the Mid East. I don't trust him, or the rest of the Gubment of Iran, and look for them to cheat every chance they get.
They'll get the world's sanctions off their backs, get the go-ahead to buy critical "stuff" from the West, then they'll be off to their old shenanigans again. (Before the ink even dried they announced a deal with Pootie Poo Putin to buy 100 Ilyushin aerial-refueling tankers, enabling their shitty little air force to extend their range to cover virtually the entire Mid East.)
Let's get real here....we can't stop them. With regard to this particular crisis, we're essentially powerless. Sure, sanction hurt them, or more specifically hurt their people, but the religious zealots who call the shots there haven't cared about their people in decades. Why start now?
A few years down the road this will surely look like it was a bad deal. But at least on paper it bought us some time. Time to figure out what to do. Time to develop some miracle new technology that can zap their nukes, or scramble their computers with some new computer virus. I dunno. Anything is possible.
So I guess we should take the deal, but NEVER let ourselves think this will be the peaceful end of those pesky old Iranians. Like your slug of a brother-in-law, they'll be back. Count on it. *sigh*
Fortunately (?) for us, the Egyptians, Turks, and Saudis, and of course the always vigilant Israelis are making noises like they might step to the plate and do something. 'Course, if they succeed, what will be the unintended consequences from those odd bedfellows?
On a totally unrelated (believe it or not) topic, this evening I'm going to the gun club to shoot this:
You know what they say about men and their toys. :)
Now where did I put my tin foil hat?