U.S. policy on Iran is to fail to stop Tehran’s nuclear weapons program and its support for terrorism in the region. It is incredibly bad judgment to continue to extend the talks going on with Iran as they continue to do exactly the things the world would not want them to be doing. America and the West face a grave choice. We can continue to acquiesce and accommodate Tehran, loosening sanctions, and legitimizing its leadership with diplomatic victories.

Or we can confront the reality of a hegemonic, nuclear-threshold state driven by fundamentalist zeal. By acquiring a nuclear bomb, the Iranian regime seeks to upend the regional balance of power and exert its hegemony over the whole region. It would be a fatal mistake to believe that silence and accommodation vis-à-vis the regime’s onslaught throughout the region would help advance the nuclear talks. Firmness in dealing with the regime will force it to retreat. Giving concessions to it, on the other hand, will embolden it to be more aggressive. As a matter of fact, acquiring the nuclear bomb, violation of human rights, export of fundamentalism, and terrorism are four pillars of Iran’s ruling theocracy. So the core question is that what is the good deal? Every year, the Iranian opposition holds its annual enormous rally in Paris with attendance of thousands of Iranian, in addition to hundreds of the U.S. and European officials calling on the world and states that the best deal is recognizing the Iranian resistance as the only legitimate representative for the Iranian people but not the clerical dictatorship in Iran which is pounding their people. The Iranian resistance along with some of its members in Camp Liberty, Iraq, believes in non-nuclear and democratic Iran and they are the only lever who can put an end to Iran’s nuke appetite.