Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) puts party over country and peoplevote in favor of a nuclear-armed Iran.
"There's nothing that's more important to me, as a Jew, than to ensure Israel's existence is there throughout our generations," she said Sunday, choking back tears. Wasserman Schultz announced her vote for the deal, which will ease economic sanctions in return for Iran scaling back its nuclear program, on CNN's "State of the Union" and in an op-ed for the Miami Herald.
Holding back tears, Wasserman Schultz said that in her op-ed, she talks about her "Jewish heart and how important this [decision] was to me ... as a Jewish mother."
"In weighing everything, all the information, I've concluded the best thing to do is vote in support of the Iran deal and put Iran years away from being a nuclear state," she said. The Obama administration secured enough votes this week to ensure the deal will survive efforts to kill it.
In making her decision, Wasserman Schultz met with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, as well as dozens of intelligence experts. She has been to the Situation Room twenty times in the past two years, she said, and has personally verified with the Obama administration that Iran will have to allow inspectors in to verify that it is scaling back its nuclear capacity and cannot self-inspect.
Wasserman Schultz said there are "a number of things" in the deal that gave her "angst and pause" and made her decision to vote in favor of it very difficult.
"I worry that the vigilance over the life of deal may wane ... that complacency could set in," she said. "I worry that the additional resources, no matter how little ... Iran could divert to terrorist activity that could cause harm to Jews and others around the world. I worry that we have to make sure that the monitoring is really as gap-free as possible."
Despite her discomfiture with the deal, Wasserman Schultz said she is "confident" that she made the right choice.כי אם החרש תחרישי בעת הזאת רווח והצלה יעמוד ליהודים ממקום אחר ואת ובית אביך יאבדו ומי יודע אם לעת כזאת הגעת למלכות.
With apologies to those who are Hebrew-impaired or don't get it... I am not going to explain the reference.
The real reason Debbie's voting in favor?
"Most importantly, I had the privilege of talking with President Obama last night, who assured me that as we move forward and discuss with Israel the enhanced security package that will absolutely be essential for us to provide to Israel, as well as ensure that we tighten our ability to enforce this deal that I'll be part of a group of members of Congress that's working with his administration on that," said Wasserman Schultz.Unless they're giving us bunker busters immediately that can do what the US won't (and giving us the unrestricted right to use them), this is pretty worthless. But it's a nice candy for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who wears her loyalty to