(WHNT) -Politicians on the left and right have made their voices heard about the nuclear deal with Iran. According to who you ask, it's either a landmark deal or a recipe for disaster. So, who's right?
According to Kathy Hawk, a professor of political science and director of the Global Understanding Initiative at UAH, the deal isn't perfect, but it may be the best we could have realistically hoped for.
"The discussion should really be 'this agreement or no agreement'. Not 'this agreement or one where the U.S. gets everything it wants'. Because we haven't been able to get that for the past 37 years since the Iranian revolution," said Hawk.
She says perspective is important. Leaders from the U.S., U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany have all had a hand in the nearly two years of negotiations with Iran.
All who agree this agreement is a vital interest for their countries.
"This is not something the U.S. is going alone! And I think that is very important because over the longer term it is more sustainable when we have other countries party to this it makes it much harder for Iran to defect."
Still very real concerns remain, over the removal of economic sanctions, and the ability for Iran to push influence and obtain weapons.
"There is this trade off that the Obama administration doesn't really like, but probably thought this was the best they could get."