During an interview with Meet the Press on Sunday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a republican and former general who served under President George W. Bush, praised the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, labeling it “a pretty good deal” and dismissing the concerns of the deal’s critics.

“Now, I know there are objections to it, but here’s why I think it’s a good deal,” Powell told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “One of the great concerns that the opposition has [is] that we’re leaving open a lane for the Iranians to go back to creating a nuclear weapon in ten or fifteen years. Well, [they’re] forgetting the reality that they have been on a `super highway’ for the last ten years, to create a nuclear weapon or a nuclear weapons program, with no speed limit.

“In the last ten years, they’ve gone from 136 centrifuges, up to something like 19,000 centrifuges,” Powell continued. “This agreement will bring them down to 5,000 centrifuges. All of these will be under IAEA supervision, and I think this is a good outcome.”

Colin Powell joins a growing coalition who support the Obama Administration’s Iran deal. Apart from the countless military and diplomatic figures who’ve backed the deal, as well as all of the Israeli intelligence and military figures who’ve offered their support, a number of Republicans are shifting toward the realization that the Iran deal is, in fact, a good idea. Also, not only is the Iran deal supported by a majority (54% to 38%) of Americans, but also a majority of Jewish Americans (53% to 35%), contrary to right-wing talking points regarding the deal.

Powell has a long and storied career of military service and diplomatic experience, which adds a great deal of heft to the Iran deal, though his endorsement won’t go over well with Republicans, who are mostly opposed to the deal and have been fervently campaigning against it.

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