In this photo taken October. 2, 2014, Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich. speaks in Livonia, Mich. Kildee says he supports President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., announced this week that he’d support the deal.
The celebrities urge Americans to contact their representatives in Washington to encourage them to support the agreement between world powers and Iran, which Congress has until September to review.
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It’s basically a nuclear agreement between the United States, Iran and various allies regarding the latter country’s development and use of nuclear technology, something that many are freaking out about.
Obama defended the deal, and did not stint in describing Iran as still unsafe to Israel.
A slight majority of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, a CNN poll found.
“That’s not a practical alternative”, he said. There would be sufficient support – “enough for this to be sustained”, he said – if Congress rejects the agreement and Obama vetoes the resolution of disapproval.
Israel’s government and most Republicans oppose the deal, saying it would lead Iran to the threshold of a nuclear weapon. That, in turn, would mean a shrinking “breakout” time for Iran to rush to produce a nuclear weapon, if it chose to, they add.
Dempsey appeared alongside Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss the military implications of the deal. At year five, he says, Iran will be free to acquire fighter aircraft, attack helicopters and warships. It could also “abandon its commitments” and escalate it nuclear program.
But under any of those scenarios, Dubowitz says, the US could work to “persuade the Europeans to join the US” in demanding a renegotiation of key parts of the deal.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached in Vienna this month must receive congressional approval before it is implemented.
“It places no limits on our forces, our partnerships and alliances, our intensive and ongoing security cooperation, or on our development and fielding of new military capabilities – capabilities we will continue to advance”, he told the panel. “I’m meeting with the members of Congress and they don’t really buy the arguments of the opponents but I can tell when they start getting squishy and they start getting squishy because they are feeling the political heat”. “And in the absence of your voices, you are going to see the same array of forces that got us into the Iraq War, leading to a situation in which we forgo a historic opportunity and we are back on the path of potential military conflict”.
“They’re feeling it”, he said.