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What was striking in Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday was how the Israeli prime minister exploited the Obama administration's ambiguities on the broader implications of a nuclear deal with Iran.While Netanyahu's proposals for how to strengthen the nuclear accord are not likely to be implemented, two issues he raised cannot be readily ignored by President Barack Obama: How a deal might enhance Iran's regional influence; and whether regional wariness with a deal could spur nuclear proliferation. Iran's regional role is an issue that the U.S. has strenuously, and foolishly, sought to separate from the nuclear discussions. Obama, in a letter last October to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, effectively recognized Iran's role in Syria by reassuring him that coalition airstrikes against ISIS would not target Bashar Assad's forces.Obama has explained his Iran policy poorly, and there is a growing sense that this has been intentional.Obama may get his deal with Iran, but he has prepared the terrain so carelessly that the consequences may be quite damaging.Agreeing with Iran, if that happens, will be the easy part.
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