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Iran deal a big foreign policy win for Obama

But the fact that such a major security initiative was not backed by a single Republican, and that the treaty can be revoked by a future president, cast a pall over his achievement

President Obama will eventually be judged by history - if the agreement helps to end Iran's nuclear programme, the deal will be seen as a great diplomatic success.

FOR a decade or two I've been teaching a university course about the US foreign policy process and introduced my students to a few "axioms" that they (I think) are required to apply when trying to analyse how major foreign policy decisions are made in Washington.

One of these axioms goes...

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