A recent AP/GfK poll shows that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how Barack Obama is handling the Iran issue. There’s good reason for skepticism about Iranian intentions—after all, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif threatens that if the interim deal agreed to on November 24 in Geneva falls apart then Iran can resume enriching uranium at 20 percent within 24 hours.
The concerns of the American public have been heard and registered on Capitol Hill. This afternoon, Mark Kirk and Robert Menendez were joined by twenty-four of their senate colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, in introducing The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill is evidence of a pervasive wariness regarding the administration’s interim agreement with Iran—indeed, the skepticism runs so deep that it has driven together New York Democrat Charles Schumer and Texas Republican Ted Cruz as co-sponsors on the same piece of legislation. "The American people rightfully distrust Iran's true intentions and they deserve an insurance policy to defend against Iranian deception during negotiations,” Kirk said in a prepared statement.