The Iran nuclear deal will not stop Iran's nuclear weapons development and deployment, but at best delay it by 10 to 15 years ["Meeks backs Iran deal," News, Sept. 1].

The price of such a relatively short delay is a tacit recognition by the United States and other signatories to the deal of Iran as a nuclear power. Given Iran's regular threats to destroy Israel and America, our unnecessary empowerment of Iran is either sheer folly or a product of a hidden hostility by the Obama administration to the Jewish state.

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As the Obama administration has withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan and alienated our regional allies -- including Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia -- we have lost military and diplomatic options. We have lost the courage and determination to do what is necessary to stop Iran.

The Obama administration's military and diplomatic retreat with this face-saving "deal" that is being so forcefully sold to a resistant, but disunited U.S. Congress, is the ultimate surrender to radicalized Islam and the culmination of our national castration under President Barack Obama.

Ron Weiss, St. James