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Thursday, October 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Democratic Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse said on Tuesday they both backed the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran.

The two Rhode Island senators said in a statement the U.S. Congress would be making a strategic mistake if it derailed the agreement.

The Senate and House of Representatives have to vote by Sept. 17 on a “resolution of disapproval” being brought by majority Republicans aiming to sink the deal.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) speaks to reporters as he arrives for a cloture vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General in Washington April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

  • Dominick Vila

    Opposition to the nuclear weapons development agreement reached with Iran has nothing to do with it being flawed, but with the fact that if implemented it would be so successful that it would raise legitimate questions about our DoD budget, our foreign and military aid to Israel, and because it would deprive our arms industrial complex of the global instability it needs to sell its products and services.
    Nothing, absolutely nothing, has been presented that even remotely suggests that this agreement would not improve the current situation and would not lead to a stable Persian Gulf and Middle East. From ridiculous claims about centrifuges, to claims that lifting the sanctions would allow Iran to spend revenues from oil sales on terrorism, to the fact that four Americans are being held for espionage in Iran, nothing has been presented to justify denying ratification of this agreement.
    Fortunately, the same mindset and patriotism did not exist when we negotiated similar agreements with the old Soviet Union and China, while they had thousands of warheads and ICBMs aimed at us, and we holding American spies prisoners, and were committing horrible crimes against their citizens, and spent substantial amounts of money on espionage and expansionism.

    • drdroad

      There’s ONE reason Conservatives bash this deal, they don’t want President Obama to get the credit. More of that ‘not governing’ stuff they’re getting real good at.

      • Dominick Vila

        The saddest part is that even after Mitch McConnell acknowledged that the GOP policies of obstructionism that delayed the economic recovery and caused so much pain and misery to millions of Americans, he was re-elected by a comfortable majority of Kentuckians! Either they did not understand what he acknowledged, or their hatred is so intense that they are willing to punish themselves to avoid giving the man they hate credit for anything.