The Washington Times on August 27, 2015, reported that the number of retired generals and admirals signing on to a letter to Congress rejecting the Iran nuclear deal had then risen to 214. The document asserts that the “agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous” and “introduce new threats to American interests.” Excerpts below:

The letter was initially sent to House and Senate leaders from both parties on Tuesday with 190 signatures — among them several individuals who’ve held high-level positions in past administrations, including former Navy Vice Admiral John Poindexter, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, who held various defense advisory positions during President Bill Clinton’s administration, is also a signatory.

The letter outlines complaints about the nuclear deal that Congress is slated to vote on whether to support or reject in September. “The agreement as constructed does not ‘cut off every pathway’ for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons,” the letter states. “To the contrary, it actually provides Iran with a legitimate path to doing that simply by abiding by the deal.”

The former military officials also assert that the deal is “unverifiable,” lamenting that the agreement allowed for a “secret side deal” between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency that will ultimately prevent U.N. weapons inspectors “from reliably detecting Iranian cheating.”

Republican leaders have vowed to fight the nuclear accord,..

The letter was signed by retired generals and admirals who served in both Democrat and Republican administrations over the past 40 years.

Comment: No doubt a majority in the US Senate will reject the Iran deal in September. The advice of military leaders in this letter ought to be followed by Senators from the Democratic Party. The main result of the deal, if it is passed by the Senate, is to strengthen Iran and further threaten Israel. It will complicate the struggle against Islamist terrorism in the Middle East.


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