Democrats Are Pouring It On As Top Foreign Affairs Dem Releases Must Read Support for Iran Deal

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is piling up the pledges of support for the Iran Deal in the House. She didn’t even take a breath after the Senate locked in the 34th vote which gives Democrats the ability to sustain a Presidential veto should it become necessary. Pelsoi doesn’t work like that. She is a careful, thorough, and dedicated champion for causes and policies in which she has great faith. So the pledges keep rolling in from the House.

Thursday morning, Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY) issued his pledge of support, writing, “This agreement will do more than any plausible alternative to accomplish America’s objective of blocking Iran’s pathway to a bomb in a way that we can verify. For this reason I will vote to support the JCPOA when the question comes before the House.”

As a member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, his statement is particularly nuanced and insightful. It’s really something everyone should read in order to understand the tradeoffs of the deal and to judge the criticism from an informed position.

Here it is in its entirety:

“Ten years ago the United States led a global effort to place economic sanctions on Iran in response to its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. These sanctions devastated Iran’s economy and forced it to the negotiating table. But they did little, if anything, to slow Iran’s nuclear program. Today Iran is a nuclear-threshold state, with a “breakout time” (how long it would take for Iran to build a nuclear bomb if it decided to) of just two to three months.

“In July the United States and other world powers reached an agreement with Iran, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to terminate its nuclear weapons program. The agreement reduces Iran’s stockpile of uranium by 98%, limits enrichment of the remaining uranium to well below bomb-grade, eliminates two-thirds of Iran’s centrifuges, and provides for regular inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities. In return, sanctions the international community adopted to force Iran to the negotiating table will be lifted so long as Iran abides by the agreement.

“To verify Iran’s compliance international inspectors will have unprecedented access to Iranian nuclear sites, providing as much assurance as is possible that Iran will be caught if it cheats. Should that occur the agreement allows us to quickly re-impose sanctions, and the United States would still possess all of the diplomatic and military options we have today.

“Like any deal, this agreement is not without tradeoffs. Most troubling is the possibility that Iran could use an improved economy to fund its terrorist proxies across the world. This concern is mitigated somewhat by two factors. First, decades of sanctions have left Iran with enormous domestic needs, so while Iran’s budget for terror may increase a windfall does not seem likely. And second, some hardline elements of the Iranian regime realize huge profits under the sanctions because they control smuggling and the black market economy, a source of funding that lifting sanctions will end. That said, it will be imperative that the United States aggressively confront Iranian clients such as Hezbollah, and work with our allies in the region against Iran’s destabilizing influence.

“Opponents of the agreement argue that Congress should reject the JCPOA and direct the Administration to reach a “better deal”. It is certainly possible that our partners — the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and Russia — and Iran would reopen negotiations. But it’s not very likely. It is far more likely that trust in the ability of the United States to lead would evaporate and international support for sanctions would plummet. China, Russia and other countries would lift sanctions on Iran anyway, and we would lose the opportunity this deal provides to halt its nuclear weapons program.

“That is simply not acceptable. We cannot allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon. A nuclear arms race would overtake the Middle East. Terrorists would be emboldened by the protection of Iran’s nuclear umbrella. And most importantly, a nuclear Iran would pose a clear threat to the United States and to our ally, Israel.

“I do not want the United States to be involved in another war in the Middle East. However, if Iran pursues a nuclear weapon in the future, military action may be required. If that is the course we ultimately take, it will be critical to that effort that we have exhausted every opportunity to resolve the matter peacefully.

“I analyze every proposal that crosses my desk not based on whether it will achieve a perfect outcome, but rather on whether its benefits outweigh the costs. I believe the JCPOA meets that test. This agreement will do more than any plausible alternative to accomplish America’s objective of blocking Iran’s pathway to a bomb in a way that we can verify. For this reason I will vote to support the JCPOA when the question comes before the House.”

Critics have not offered any plausible alternatives to the Iran deal. Dick Cheney said if we passed it Iran would get a bomb and use it. How he knows this no one knows, nor did he provide any evidence to back up his claims. His alternative was a “new deal”, but many world leaders have said that isn’t happening. And in what world do we believe that Republicans would do a better job at negotiating and de-escalating than Secretary John Kerry did on our behalf?

The Obama push is on to not only safeguard the deal to sustain a veto, but to avoid that situation and the ramifications it could have.

25 Replies to “Democrats Are Pouring It On As Top Foreign Affairs Dem Releases Must Read Support for Iran Deal”

  1. WELL SAID Representative Brian Higgins!
    (D-NY)

    He explains a complicated subject in a way that a 10 year old could understand it,

    yet the warmongering folks like Cheney, want more profits for themselves and the War Industrial Complex.

  2. The pivotal point is that the critics have no alternative to offer – except more war. The gopers will still vote to reject the deal without any credible ideas on how to make it a better solution.

    The boys at Haliburton will be crying in their beer tonight…

  3. It is truly tragic that a party can have 2/3 majority and still can’t win! This tells you everything you need to know about the GOP

  4. The entire construct that Iran desires and WILL build a nuclear weapon ignores a few facts.

    1. Nukes are high maintenance phallic symbols. They are useless in your own subcontinent, cranky and a pain in the butt to maintain. Their sole use is as a lure to drag Israel’s psycho ally (US) to the bargaining table to stop their slaughter of innocents.
    2. Iran is not our enemy. Unless name-calling and graffiti are an existential threat to our existence, they are no threat to us. Now or in the future. We’re flaccid bullies with colonial aspirations trying to dictate to a sovereign people 5,000 miles away.

    3. Higgins entire statement is based on assumptions, propaganda and lies, which have no relation to an actual ‘threat’ to our security. But we’re suckers for a good cowboy and Indian yarn. Especially from the CIA.

    Iran is a bogieman to scare the peasants into another Crusade. Crusades never end well for White guys. They bring the plague and Dark ages home with them.

  5. “He explains a complicated subject in a way that a 10 year old could understand it,”

    Now if only we could find a Republican with that high of understanding. [WINK]

  6. As a NY’er GOOD- hell as a person, GOOD…The Senate needs to be watched, it seems as if Cardin is trying to say no, by using the as long as we don’t get to 67 it doesn’t count if I say no defense-cut the crap and say yes or no

    Then you have the fake Dem Manchin talking about filibusters,he won’t be a party to a filibuster-he’s full of it, just give us a yes or no

    As far as Corey “AIPAC shill” Booker, well I never expected him to say yes-will literally be shocked if he says YES

    Any of them still with the “I have questions still” line is full of crap, they don’t have all these questions when they vote to send Aid packages, they’re waiting to see how the numbers pan out. NOBODY wants to be the one to help the override numbers-nobody (on the Dem side) wants to be 67…

  7. This treaty is far better than sending more allied children to another war in the middle east. By now we should have learned that a middle east war is like a porcupine. No matter how you approach it, you are still going to wind up with a hand full of quills.

    If Dick Chaney is so gung ho then we ought to give him (and any other repubs that think his way) a backpack and an army uniform and send them over. They’ll find out that the Iranians won’t roll over and die because they loudly say “don’t shoot, I’m an American!”

    Just once I like to see the old geezers that start the war fight it and the kids stay home and make the money from war supplies.

  8. …hey, just thought o’ something: soon women will be in actual combat units…so LIZ can go for ol’ Dick-Head…I’m sure the Iranians would like to know HER better…maybe even stick her ass in a burqa and use her to lure her Dad outta the USA…to some country who’ll ship his ass to the Hague…

  9. “How he knows this no one knows, nor did he provide any evidence to back up his claims.”
    We don’t even know if dick is still getting security briefings or if he is just pulling this stuff out of his behind. He most certainly is not getting briefings to the level that the Prez and senior staff are. WMD boogeyman? Again dick? Really?

  10. How the hell do naysayers get from this:

    “The agreement reduces Iran’s stockpile of uranium by 98%, limits enrichment of the remaining uranium to well below bomb-grade, eliminates two-thirds of Iran’s centrifuges, and provides for regular inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities… international inspectors will have unprecedented access to Iranian nuclear sites, providing as much assurance as is possible that Iran will be caught if it cheats.”

    …to claiming that the JCPOA practically hands Iran a bomb???

    Next they’ll be claiming 2+2 doesn’t equal 4, the opposite of up is macaroni, climate change is a hoax, contraceptives don’t work, there’s widespread voter fraud, immigrants are all criminals, Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts, cutting corporate taxes creates trickle down wealth…

    Oh. Yeah. It’s the same Bizarro World logic they’ve been using for ages.

  11. Hooray for Nancy Pelosi and Dick Durbin. The contrast between those two Democrats and the traitorous Charles Schumer and Debbie Wasserman Schultz could not be more clear. The Democrats need to remove Schumer from consideration as the leader of the Democrats in the Senate and Wasserman Schultz as leader of the DNC. If they can’t be loyal to their Party, their President, and their country, they should not be in leadership positions in the Democratic Party.

  12. From Reuters (09/03/2017): three more Democrats have stated that they will say yes in favor of the Iran agreement…Booker, Warner and Heitkamp. Up to 37 now…yeah!

    The remaining 7 Democrats undecided are Bennet (CO), Blumenthal (CT), Cantwell (WA), Cardin (MD), Manchin (WV), Peters (MI), and Wyden (WA).

    On the Republican side, Collins is still undecided…

    Come on lucky number 4!!!!!

  13. The most offending thing about this, is that our congress has completely failed to do its job as stated in the constitution and that they think they get a say in foreign policy while on one of their endless vacations from work.
    3% of all agreements and treaties have been put in front of congress and this Iran deal should not have been one of them.

  14. DJ, your comment to my post above disappeared…I gave you a thumbs up!

    I think it would be quite interesting if Susan Collins from Maine decided to say yes. Wouldn’t that just make the rest of the Republicans lose it!!! She is described as one of the most “moderate” Republicans around, so one can hope that she will do the right thing and say yes…

  15. I want to know who deleted my answer K Wolve. It wasn’t vulgar. It was just my take on the Democrats who haven’t come out yet. Was it because I mention AIPAC? Whoever did it just email me and explain your reason

  16. Netanyahu guaranteed that the world would be a safer place if we got rid of Saddam and his weapons of mass destruction. He deliberately and with malice afore thought led the allies into a war based on lies. No dead Israeli soldiers because none of them fought in the war, he got his patsy the U.S to take all the dead and injured casualties. If America hasn’t worked out that this murderous Machiavellian mischief maker is their worst enemy then they deserve to become a second world country. He is taking billions of dollars every year from America, whilst your infrastructure is falling apart. Keep that money in the States, create job, build homes, repair schools, give medical aid to the injured Vets and in the process regain respect and standing once again in the world community.

  17. The statement’s logic is compelling but people need to remember that the U. N. Security Council already approved the deal too, so it is binding on all U. N. member nations. The USA voted for the approval and the U. S. Supreme Court has made very clear in its rulings that whoever the President is has near exclusive control of foreign policy so the nation speaks with only one voice. Since Congress has funded wars without ever declaring any wars since World War II it has further abdicated its role in foreign policy.

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