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I want to share with you more materials on the Iran deal distributed by AIPAC to Capitol Hill this morning. This new memo (also included below) highlights former military officials who have announced their opposition to the deal and their grave concerns about its implications.
On Tuesday, congressional offices also received an important AIPAC analysis underscoring the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and emphasizing that a congressional rejection of this deal will enable the United States to maintain economic pressure and work toward a better deal.
I also want to be sure you’ve seen these important stories:
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) announces opposition to the deal
Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings announced today that he will oppose the Iran deal, stating that “in the end, the JCPOA allows Iran to remain a nuclear threshold state while simultaneously reaping the benefits of relief from international sanctions.” He also highlighted several specific areas of concern, and noted that, “We must maintain a strong sanctions regime — to do otherwise is to give up our leverage.” Click here to read Rep. Hastings’ full statement.
Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE) says Iran deal “not good enough”
Congressman Brad Ashford also declared his opposition to this deal. In public remarks yesterday, Rep. Ashford said, “This deal is not good enough for Israel, not good enough for the United States of America, not good enough for the Middle East, and not good enough for the world.” Click here to read more about Rep. Ashford’s position.
Prof. Orde Kittrie op-ed: “Congress Can Rewrite the Iran Deal”
In an important piece featured in The Wall Street Journal, Prof. Orde Kittrie highlights several examples of congressional modifications to international treaties. “The Iran nuclear deal could be significantly improved by a supplementary agreement containing amendments and understandings designed to mitigate the deal’s key gaps and ambiguities regarding verification and compliance. This step would be consistent with the Constitution, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and past U.S. diplomatic practice, and would be no surprise to the international community.” Click here to read full piece.
Please continue to reach out to members of Congress by email and phone, and urge them to oppose this deal.
Southern Pacific Regional Director
Former Military Officials
Oppose the Iran Deal
Many former military officials have come out in opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Below are a few select quotes.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. (Ret.) Hugh Shelton (center), former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn (left), and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. (ret.) James Stavridis (right) are among the many former U.S. military leaders that have come out against the JCPOA.
“A regime that can’t be trusted with the lives of its own people can’t be trusted with a weak nuclear deal. The deadly consequences of such an agreement will not come 10 years from now when Iran has the acknowledged ability to launch a nuclear weapon; they will come as soon as the current regime is granted legitimacy on the international stage and gains economic or political leverage over democratic nations, which will happen as soon as their coffers are filled with unfrozen assets and the oil flows unfettered.”
– Gen. (ret.) Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-2001), Op-Ed in the Miami Herald, August 6, 2015
“I think the top [issue] is the verification regime, which is starting to roughly resemble Swiss cheese…you can drive a truck through some of the holes. I am very concerned about that.” – Adm. (ret.) James Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander (2009-2013), Interview on MSNBC, July 29, 2015
“There are so many things that Iran has been gifted right now with this unbelievable deal. I mean, it's far more than just nuclear issues. I mean, it goes into everything that Iran is going to be capable of doing. And I'm going to tell you. When they receive this $150 billion check essentially I am really concerned about what kind of behavior they are going to continue to display.”
– Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (2012-2014), interview on Fox News, July 15, 2015
“I'm also concerned about our failure to demand an accurate accounting of the possible military dimensions of the Iranian program…It's not just what they may have done in the past to position themselves with regard to weaponization. The Iranians have been stiffing the IAEA for years on this issue. Now, we are going to rely on the IAEA for verification of this new agreement. After seemingly having taught the Iranians that if you stiff these guys enough, the requirement to concede will go away.”
– Gen. (ret.) Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency (1999-2005) and Central Intelligence Agency (2006-2009), Statement before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, July 14, 2015
“We guarantee Iran will have a nuclear weapon capability, and just as important, we guarantee they will have the most modern conventional weapons which could jeopardize our position in the Persian Gulf.”
– Adm. (ret.) James Lyons, former Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet (1985-1987), Times Square Rally, July 30, 2015
“This nuclear deal will fund and empower [Qassem] Suleimani to boost the Quds Force’s reign of terror and its campaign against American friends and interests in the region. For a deal that is putatively focused on just Iran’s nuclear program, this empowerment of Iran’s terrorist in chief is inexplicable.”
– Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Barbero, The Weekly Standard, August 2, 2015. Lt. Gen. Barbero served three combat tours in Iraq, including serving as the senior operations officer during the surge.
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