“The tug of war that is apparently going on in the halls of power in Washington and elsewhere over the interim agreement reached with Iran by P5+1 signifies some differences of opinion in terms of approach both toward Iran and other nations in general among the elite here,” Don DeBar said on Saturday.
“What doesn’t change are the interests of those people and their willingness to do anything to see that they are realized,” he added.
On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US — plus Germany clinched an interim deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The six-month accord will lay the groundwork for a comprehensive resolution of the West’s decade-old nuclear dispute with Tehran.
The deal has been widely criticized by members of Congress as well as US allies in the Middle East, including Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is currently on a mission to reassure US allies in the Persian Gulf region that Washington’s robust military commitment will remain unchanged despite the agreement with Tehran.
“We are not going to change any of our military posture in this area or any part of the world during that six-month period,” Hagel said Friday aboard the Navy’s USS Ponce in Bahrain.
“The local players are only a part of the configuration” DeBar said, citing “American sensibilities” about the opinions of the Saudis and Israelis, which he defined as “only tactical considerations.”
Meanwhile, lawmakers in both chambers of the US Congress are considering new sanctions legislation against Tehran. The White House has said it opposes any such measures over the next six months.