Magazine November 13, 2017, Issue

An Iran Course Correction

President Trump, speaking at the White House on October 13, announces that he will not certify that the Iran deal is in U.S. national-security interests. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
The administration’s policies reflect the truth about Tehran

When he entered the Oval Office, Donald Trump must have been daunted by the Middle East situation he inherited. The Arab state system had largely collapsed, and a vicious theocracy in Iran was on the march, with its ambitions sharpened and its nuclear program essentially intact. President Barack Obama had been too preoccupied with his pivot to Asia to worry about the Mideast’s ancient blood feuds. He approached Iran through the prism of arms control and misunderstood the mullahs as reasonable men seeking a place in the community of nations. His lasting legacy, the Iran nuclear deal known as the

Ray TakeyhMr. Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Last Shah: America, Iran, and the Fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners




IN PLATO’S CAVE As lights in some cheap movie lit Reveal the filth in which we sit; And eyes around recoil in fright: In Plato’s cave we hate the light. But dream of being in ...


Kindergarten Controversy We at Catherine Cook School are shocked and disappointed that National Review would allow Frederick Hess and Grant Addison’s article, “Classes of Kindergarteners” (October 15), to be printed without ...
The Week

The Week

‐ So it took only 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply to make Hillary radioactive. ‐ Former president George W. Bush gave an address in New York on “the Spirit ...


The Latest