Sunday, September 6, 2015

Senator Cory Booker agrees to back "flawed" Iran Arms Agreement

It's good news.  But I'm getting a bit tired of this "flawed deal but I'll back it" talk. There is a pledge not to build a nuclear weapon, a huge reduction in plutonium production, verification, and a long time commitment.  What would impress me is if some major politician actually stood up and pointed out that Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons, is the only Mid-East nuclear state. It is not only a  member of the club that threatens to unleash genocidal violence on others, but refuses to acknowledge it, and does not even renounce first strike. Want a non-nuclear Mid-East?  Ask Israel to lead the way.  - gwc
Senator Cory Booker Will Back Iran Deal
Senator Cory A. Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, endorsed President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran on Thursday, padding support for the accord, which already has enough votes in the Senate to thwart a Republican-backed resolution of disapproval.
Echoing language other Democrats have used in recent weeks, Mr. Booker said in a statement that supporting the deal was “the better of two flawed options.” Backing away from the nuclear pact at this point, he said, would leave the United States and its allies with few options to restrain Iran’s ambitions.
“I believe rejection of the deal would allow Iran to achieve an aim it has wanted all along: a significant unwinding of sanctions without the constraints on its nuclear program that this deal provides,” Mr. Booker said.

With Mr. Booker’s announcement, supporters of the deal now have 37 votes in the Senate backing the agreement. Two other Senate Democrats, Mark R. Warner of Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, also announced their support for it on Thursday.

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