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The Honorable Tammy Duckworth, MC
1701 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 704
Schaumburg, IL 60173
RE: Please support the agreement with Iran
Dear Ms. Duckworth:
I commend your statement on your web site: “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am also committed to working to ensure that our nation never again goes to war without fully considering and understanding the true costs. The effects of war need to be taken into serious consideration before putting our troops at risk.” I am confident that you agree both that Iran must not obtain nuclear arms and that a war with Iran would be even more disastrous to our troops, our society and our position in the world than our recent interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The same persons who led us into those wars have the stated intent of provoking war with Iran. Just as in those prior cases, they tell us now that the war would be brief, could be won from the air, and would not involve American troops on the ground. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.
The way to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran without going to war is to approve the current agreement with Iran negotiated under the leadership of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry along with the leaders of the other nations with significant global power. This agreement has the approval of the United Nations and our key European allies. Only in the United States, the one nation which spends more on its military than all other nations of the world combined, the one nation which has military bases throughout the world, including in a complete circle around Iran, is the wisdom of the agreement being called into serious question. Objectively, this looks like hypocrisy.
Some argue that the agreement is not perfect from our nation’s point of view. Of course it isn’t. That’s the nature of international agreements. No one nation gets to impose its will completely upon others. The Iranians have agreed to a 98% reduction in their nuclear materials and a 67% reduction in their colliders, and to an unprecedented level of international inspections. They have insisted on advance notice for inspections of military facilities, since other, non-nuclear information could be obtained. Any questions about inspections are referred to an international body on which Iran has no voice, with the majority of votes in Western hands. Would the United States ever agree to such inspections within our country? Of course not, and you would never vote to approve that. But this is what the Iranians have accepted.
Please join our international security experts, our current and former ambassadors, and a clear majority of the American people in supporting this agreement.
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