Expert: Purpose of Iran announcement to show 'progress,' fend off Congressional action
As the American domestic battle over the surrender to Iran kicks off, a former nuclear weapons adviser to President Hussein Obama says that the entire reason for the announcement of a 'framework' agreement with Iran was to show 'progress' and forestall Congressional action
[T]he tentative agreement might have provided
the administration with crucial breathing room by undercutting support
among Democrats for legislation that could imperil further negotiations.
“The whole purpose of this exercise was to
demonstrate progress in order to fend off congressional action,” said
Gary Samore, a former nuclear arms adviser to Obama who is the executive
director for research at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science
and International Affairs.
While several Democrats have suggested that
Congress should be able to vote any Iran agreement up or down — input
Corker described as the “rightful role” of Congress — key lawmakers
within the president's party offered their support.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top
Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CNN's “State of
the Union” that the nuclear framework was “a better agreement, candidly,
than I thought it was ever going to be” and that she would not support
Corker's bill in its current form.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., noted on NBC
that other sanctions — including over Iran's ballistic missile program,
the country's support for terrorism and its record on human rights —
will remain in place even if the framework agreement is finalized. And
he countered the criticism that the deal does nothing to alter the
behavior of a country Netanyahu repeatedly called the “pre-eminent
terrorist state of our time.”
“It's true that this deal doesn't turn Iran
from a bad guy into a good guy,” Murphy said. “But it's a little bit of
rewriting of history to suggest these negotiations were about all of the
other nefarious activities of Iran in the region. These negotiations
were about ending their nuclear program, such that we can start to lift
up the moderate elements ... (and) talk about all these other issues.”
What could go wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, P 5+1