A few months ago, when the Iranians elected themselves a new president, I asked an Iranian friend what he thought of the election. His response was simple: the Iranian people had a choice between bad and really bad in the election and chose only bad.
Now that the U.S. and others have chosen to cut a deal with bad over nuclear development, it makes me think: in 2012 (and 2008 for that matter) the American people had the choice of bad and really bad, and in those matches chose really bad. And really bad, his Middle Eastern policy wrecked by strategic mistakes in Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere, needed something to salvage his reputation, and this is it.
But we should know: when really bad tries to salvage his reputation in this fashion, the result will doubtless be really bad for the rest of us.