The Iran hawks are wasting no time.
Tomorrow a bill will come to the floor of the house that would kill the Iran nuclear deal by taking away the president’s ability to provide sanctions relief to Iran.
The Iran nuclear deal was one of the biggest victories for peace and diplomacy in a long time. We can’t rest on our laurels. We have to stay active and mobilized to protect that victory for peace.
The bill I’m writing about is called the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. But it’s not about “transparency.” Now, just as Iran is pouring concrete into its Arak nuclear reactor and shipping nuclear material out of the country, the hawks want to take away the president’s ability to uphold our end of the deal. By taking away the president’s ability to comply with the sanctions relief provisions of the deal, the bill would cause the deal to unravel. Iran would retaliate by reversing course and we’d be thrown back into full-on conflict.
Unfortunately, this bill is likely to be the first in a series of efforts to kill the deal. That’s why we have to mobilize now and hold the line to make sure we don’t lose any supporters in Congress. The Iran hawks have allies in both parties and they have the cash to bankroll a sustained lobbying campaign. We must mobilize the grassroots muscle of the pro-peace community again or we’ll allow the hawks to grab defeat out of the jaws of diplomatic victory.
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