The Gist

Is the Iran Deal a Dud?

Slate’s Joshua Keating says our focus on Iran kept us from putting out fires across the Middle East.

Iranian soldiers march past President Hassan Rowhani and military officials during an annual military parade, in the capital Tehran, on September 22, 2013. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

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In the interview, Iran may have shelved its nuclear ambitions, but the Middle East is still in trouble. Slate’s Joshua Keating wonders if the Iran deal was worth it.

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