The obvious and transparent desperation by the Obama Administration to strike a legacy-defining deal with Iran has put the U.S. in a position of weakness and vulnerability. We have gone from preventing, to managing, to encouraging Iran’s nuclear capabilities while scuttling every red line and breaking every goal established before these negotiations. The deal lifts sanctions almost immediately rather than tying them to verifiable progress; it does not allow for a sufficient inspections regime; fails to curb Iran’s ballistic missile program and it allows Iran to keep its advanced centrifuges. Even the arms embargo will become porous in the near term and will be completely lifted in five years – despite the fact that billions of dollars will be unfrozen for Iran to support terrorist organizations across the world. Each of these provisions makes this so called “deal” unacceptable.
The announced agreement is a historic mistake that will destabilize the region and jeopardize the security of the United States and our allies. Since the Obama Administration has failed to meet its own predetermined goals of these negotiations, the responsibility of rejecting this flawed ‘deal’ falls on Congress. I will lend my strongest support to the fast growing group of bipartisan members calling for the rejection of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Rep. Paul Gosar
Arizona District 4
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