Washington Post Quotes FPI Board Member Eric Edelman on Iran Nuclear Deal

In "Voting ‘No’ is the Way to Prevent War," Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin writes:

As lawmakers and outside experts make their way through the deal (more on the details later) we see a common query: Yeah, the deal stinks but voting no would be worse. This is wrong for multiple reasons....

Moreover, former ambassador Eric Edelman reminds us, “The Administration used to say that a bad deal was worse than no deal but they have now switched over to a new line — this deal, whatever its flaws is better than no deal and the only alternative is war.” The notion that Congress must rubber stamp a deal was rejected when the president signed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 calling for an independent review. If the president thought Congress should be disqualified from making its own finding, he should have vetoed the bill.

“We are now about to test the proposition that the U.S. cannot reject the deal as Congress does its due diligence in exercising its legitimate oversight function. The agreement will have to stand or fall on the public[‘s] and the member’s assessment of whether or not it meets the interests of U.S. national security,” Edelman said. He points out that “the consequence of this is that the Administration (including Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, who has endorsed it) and any members of Congress who support it will own the consequences.” He adds, “They are making a big bet that Iran, which has been a serial violator of all its previous non-proliferation undertakings (including past work plans with the IAEA on clearing up the past military dimensions of its nuclear program), will honor these agreements.” Indeed, the safest course for Clinton would be for Congress to reject the deal so she no longer is forced to defend it and can argue she will be tougher than President Obama.

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