Daily Beast Reports on FPI-Led Open Letter to Congress on Iran

In "Congess Urged to Act on Iran," the Daily Beast's Josh Rogin reports:

As Congress contemplates passing new Iran sanctions over the objections of the White House, over five dozen conservative experts and former officials called on Congressional leaders to set out tough parameters for any potential deal with Iran according to a letter obtained by The Daily Beast.

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The letter, signed by former elected officials and diplomats associated with a hawkish foreign policy, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Sen. Norm Coleman and former Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams, states, “Congress has a chance to play an important role in making clear the consequences of Iranian violations of the interim nuclear deal, in clarifying expectations with respect to future nuclear talks with Tehran, and in creating incentives for Iran to conclude a comprehensive nuclear agreement that protects the national security interests of the United States and its allies."

The signatories state they support the push for diplomacy backed by the threat of military force, but they called on Congress to ensure that any deal includes forcing Iran “to comply with numerous U.N. Security Council Resolutions and verifiably abandon its efforts to get nuclear weapons-making capability.”

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Besides Lieberman, Coleman and Abrams, other notable signatories include former Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky, Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol, former Pentagon Comptroller Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of State Robert Joseph, former Assistant Secretary of State Stephen Rademaker, and Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The letter was organized with the help of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a conservative-leaning foreign policy organization in Washington.

Read the whole thing.  The text of the FPI-led letter to Congress on Iran, along with the full list of signatories, is available here.

 

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