By Jonathan Greenberg, Originally published in The Hill
During last week’s Republican presidential debate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called a nuclear Iran “the greatest national security threat facing America.” He was right. Unfortunately, voters would never know, judging from the short shrift accorded the subject.
With nine candidates onstage, hopes couldn’t reasonably have been high for a deep policy dive, but the Republican debate was notable insofar as it demonstrated the degree to which the Islamic State (IS) and the refugee situation caused by the Syrian civil war have taken our eye off the much more significant long-term threat of Iranian hegemony backed by a newly legitimized nuclear program. Iran’s behavior in the past several months demonstrates the weakness of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Obama’s nuclear deal with Tehran.