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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Connecticut Delegation Reacts to News of Deal with Iran

by | Jul 15, 2015 5:30am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
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While they praised the long-term diplomacy that brought the United States and Iran to a deal on nuclear weapons, members of Connecticut’s Washington delegation said more review is necessary before Congress grants its approval.

“The agreement announced this morning is the result of two years of negotiations over profoundly important issues of national security,” said U.S. Rep. James Himes, D-4th District, in a prepared statement. “Under no circumstances should anyone rush to judgment. Those who do show their lack of bona fides. Over the coming days, I will review the full agreement, solicit input from experts and my constituents, and will support or reject the deal based on the best security interests of the United States, Israel, and our allies.”

Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, is even going so far as to hold a forum on Sunday, July 19, at the West Hartford Town Hall, to discuss the details of the agreement with voters.

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“This agreement should not diminish our need for vigilance as we continue to confront Iran on other issues,” Larson said. “Much like an arms control agreement, the announced deal is limited only to ensuring Iran will no longer be capable of acquiring a nuclear weapon. Iran still retains a troubling human rights record and remains a major destabilizing force in the region, and we must continue to press for wider reforms.”

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, said the deal must be reviewed and verified.

“As with any nuclear arms deal, we must evaluate this proposal not based on trust and faith, but on cold, hard analysis of what best advances the national security interests of the United States and what best enhances global stability,” she said.

The White House announced Tuesday that a multilateral agreement had been reached that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons in exchange for the United States lifting some sanctions.

“Today, after two years of negotiations the United States together with our international partners has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: A comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” President Barack Obama said. “This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change.”

That sentiment was echoed by several members of the Connecticut delegation, among them Sen. Christopher Murphy, who said “the best way to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is through diplomacy, not war.”

“At a time when the Middle East is awash in crippling violence, we have an opportunity to address one of the most dangerous threats to the United States and the region through a negotiation,” he said, though Murphy noted that more review of the arrangement is necessary. “As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I look forward to a congressional review process that is fair and deliberative.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal “welcomed” the agreement, “after a long and difficult diplomatic road,” but cautioned against “deceit.”

“This agreement must be airtight, comprehensive and enduring — and, perhaps most importantly, strictly verifiable and enforceable,” he said. “While our common hope may be that diplomacy has succeeded in barring an Iranian path to nuclear weapons capability, Congress must apply exacting standards and strict scrutiny, especially given Iran’s history of deceit and international law violations.”

Lawmakers will have 60 days after receiving a copy to analyze and vote on the agreement.

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posted by: LongJohn47 | July 15, 2015  5:54am

I have no doubt that all seven members of our congressional delegation will end up supporting this deal. 

My hope is that it leads to further reconciliation between Iran and the U.S.  The world is better when we engage diplomatically with those we don’t agree with.

posted by: MyOpinion | July 15, 2015  10:22am

NEVER trust IRAN!!!

posted by: Biff Winnetka | July 15, 2015  12:31pm

“Connecticut’s Washington delegation said more review is necessary before Congress grants its approval.”

Congress has abdicated their powers to the Executive.  They are powerless to stop this deal.  But bluster and preen and speechify they shall to make the taxpayers think they do something more than collect a fat check, perks, gold-plated health care and a super-sized pension.

This deal isn’t about nukes.  It’s about removing Europe’s dependence on Russian gas by getting Iranian gas to Europe instead.  No different than our actions in Syria. And the endgame is to isolate Russia further as well as Israel.

The consequences will be that Saudi Arabia will also go nuke.  Russia and China will become even bigger BFF’s and act in concert to punish the US economically.  Israel will finally get to a point where they accept they have nothing to lose by going “kinetic” on Iran before Iran goes “kinetic” on Israel”
And the Vegas bookies just upped the odds of WW III starting in the Mideast.  It’s their turn anyway.

posted by: art vandelay | July 15, 2015  2:54pm

art vandelay

The USA is now the laughing stock of the entire world.  Obama is a far worse negotiator than Neville Chamberlain ever could have imagined.  Iran is a sworn enemy to western civilization.  When an entire Iranian government   shouts in unison “Death to Israel and America”  they MEAN IT!.  The Iranian and Muslim goal is “One World Under ISLAM” as clearly stated in the Koran.  There is no doubt in my mind that Iran and the entire Muslim religion wants to conquer this world.  History has proven this countless times.  This treaty gives Iran and the Muslim Religion carte blanche to taking over this country.  Our civilization as we know it will be conquered from within by our own means.

posted by: oldtimer | July 15, 2015  5:59pm

Before Obama began “negotiations” with the terrorist state of Iran, the sanctions were crushing their economy. There were revolts from within. The U.S. and what’s left of our allies were in a position to dictate to Iran. Instead, Obama crafts a ridiculous agreement that everyone agrees, gives them a clear path to a nuclear weapon. Should Iran “cheat”, the only sanctions that would snap-back are those of the U.S.. Russia will happily be selling Iran weapons, China will be buying their oil and Europe will see their economy improve as they sell goods to the cash-flushed terrorists in Iran. Should the U.N. sanction this deal, (and they will), Congress can do nothing to stop it. When Obama said he would fundamentally transform our country, he wasn’t kidding. He’s destroyed it! Stay tuned for the Middle-East arms race… next to go nuclear will be Saudi Arabia.

posted by: dano860 | July 15, 2015  6:02pm

There seems to be less U.S. citizen pushback to this deal than with the one with Cuba. This one will impact the entire world though.
It is too bad that the hostages or captive American citizens couldn’t have been released as part of the deal but it is understandable as they are two separate issues.

posted by: art vandelay | July 16, 2015  11:33am

art vandelay

This treaty has significant far reaching implications than releasing hostages, arms, or economic sanctions.  This treaty involves the existence of mankind, and the future of western civilization.

Iran in a very short time will have a nuclear weapon far more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  Iran will also have a delivery system for this weapon capable of reaching the continental U.S.

There is no reason in the world why Iran should EVER be allowed to own one of these weapons.

Obama in my estimation should immediately be be removed from power and be put on trial for treason.  Why he even considered entering negotiations with Iran is beyond my comprehension.

posted by: sofaman | July 16, 2015  12:26pm

Representatives from Russia, China, France, United Kingdom—plus Germany and the European Union negotiated this deal along with the US. A minor point missing from the usual crowd here. This deal must be measured against the alternative that previous administrations delivered: nothing. The IAEA has concluded sanctions have failed to prevent Iran’s march towards advanced nuclear technology. A treaty of course is no guarantee, but it moves Iran towards a community of nations, rather than exile. How has exile worked towards preventing North Korea from acquiring nukes? Exactly.

posted by: art vandelay | July 16, 2015  3:40pm

art vandelay

@ Sofaman,  Iran has no interest or desire to join any community of nations.  The only items on Iran’s agenda are the following:

1. Destroying Israel.

2. Destroying the United States

3. Abolishing Christianity

4. Creating a world under one uniform religion Islam.

When will our world leaders comprehend the fact that Iran and nations throughout history like them are nor interested in compromise or appeasement.  All they have to do is open up any world history book.  History is full of perfect examples.

posted by: sofaman | July 16, 2015  5:58pm

“Iran has no interest or desire to join any community of nations.”

Yet, it just did exactly that.

posted by: art vandelay | July 16, 2015  10:29pm

art vandelay

And Germany signed a non agression pact with Russia prior to it’s invasion.
I have zero faith in a country that shouts “Death to Israel & Death to America” in their government assembly.  If you have 100% support for a country that has no problems living in the 5th Century AD then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d love to sell you.  When Iran abolishes Shiria (sp) Law and I see women walking down the streets of Tehran in mini-skirts and long hair, or driving automobiles, then I’ll change my tune.  Iran in my opinion is a threat to national security just as Germany & Japan were in the 1940’s.

posted by: sofaman | July 17, 2015  9:08am

@Art, you’ll find you and I have similar disgust for Sharia Law in Iran or anywhere, but you really don’t seem to know much about Iran. Women drive there daily. Some are taxi drivers. The leadership is currently made of hardliners, but there is a considerable pro-western segment of the society and would love to shake off its conservative fundamentalist masters.

In your Soviet / Germany analogy, guess who’s the dominating / invading / installer of puppet regimes for the last 50 years? We got what we should have seen coming in our meddling in Iran / Iraq.

Consider this, if Iran had invaded both Mexico and Canada, would you consider them an agent of peace? Look at the map sometime and see why Iran trusts us so little. Oh, and that Shah thing.

Iran is a national security threat. Iran does have a horrible government. But exiling them into a constant state of oppression is not a road map to peace either. Bill W. is on the right track.

posted by: SocialButterfly | July 22, 2015  10:01am

@sofaman:  You and Bill W. ae welcome with your opinions even though both of you are off-track. and are selling out Israel who recognizes Iran for the evil empire it is and seem to care less that Pres. Obama “sold us down the river.” Iran has let us know that this phony treaty will not thaw their radical
hate stance towards the United States and Israel.

posted by: MGKW | July 22, 2015  10:25am

Be aware that the alternative to a negotiated deal is more sanctions which will gradually be less effective because of the geopolitics involved…the Russians and the Chinese want to sell arms, the Western Europeans want to sell all sorts of equipment to an economy like Iran because of the economic condition they are in….so if we don’t do anything they get the bomb anyway…and the only other alternative is war which the country would be against but when has that ever stopped the Republican party… they went into Iraq and now they want to finish the job…I would not trust them to run the country for one second…but W got elected so it is a scary possibility.

posted by: art vandelay | July 22, 2015  1:10pm

art vandelay

What everyone seems to forget through either blind ignorance, lack of knowledge, or faith in their fellow man is the fact that the Muslim religion has one ultimate goal which is to encompass the world into one religion which is Islam. 

The Western world in their ideology of appeasement and peaceful coexistence, conveniently divides Muslims into two factions, moderate and radical. In reality there are no divisions.  The Koran clearly states that there is to be only one religion.  Until our country and the rest of modern civilization realizes this and does something about it, life as we know it is in serious jeopardy.  Allowing Iran a nuclear weapon along with a delivery system, is a fatal mistake.  This is no longer a problem where Democrats or Republicans are to blame. It’s a problem that has gone far beyond that.

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