After Sen. Chris Coons of Deleware announced his support for the Iran nuclear agreement, President Obama is just one vote short away from locking up a major foreign policy victory.
Ultimately, after consulting with financial and policy experts, I’m convinced that the potential turmoil for our key alliances in Europe and Asia and the uncertainty of the outcome of forcing our reluctant allies back to the table are not worth the uncertain possibility that we could secure a stronger deal. Thus, in a very hard choice between either rejecting the agreement and taking on the uncertainty and risks of compelling a return to sanctions and negotiations or a path that accepts the positives of this deal and attempts to manage and minimize the short and long term consequences of its flaws, I choose the latter.
I will support this agreement and vote against any measures to disapprove it in Congress.
I will support this agreement because it puts us on a known path of limiting Iran’s nuclear program for the next fifteen years with the full support of the international community. The alternative, to me, is a scenario of uncertainty and isolation.
Finally, I will support this agreement despite its flaws because it is the better strategy for the United States to lead a coalesced global community in containing the spread of nuclear weapons.
President Obama needs the support of 34 senators to sustain a potential veto if Republicans in Congress pass the resolution of disapproval. Obama has pledges of support from 33 Democratic Senators.
The President needs the support of just one more Democrat to be guaranteed a major foreign policy victory. Obama is going to get the support of at least one more Democrat, and the question becomes can the President get the support of enough Democrats to make it impossible for Republicans to pass the resolution of disapproval in the Senate?
With only two Democrats opposing the deal, the odds are looking better by the hour that Democrats may be able to block the resolution in the Senate. Obama and the Democrats are pulling off an incredible victory, as it looks like the Republican attempt to block the Iran deal will be dead before the GOP returns to Washington.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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