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IranP5+1 TalksPoliticsThursday, March 12, 2015

J. Dana Stuster Quoted in VOA on Cotton’s Letter

Analysis: Senators’ Letter to Tehran Could Impact Nuclear Talks By Al Pessin March 12, 2015 | VOA LONDON—An open letter sent by 47 U.S. Republican senators to Tehran about the ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program could impact the talks, experts say… “At the leadership level at which the talks are taking place, this does not appear to have a big effect,” said Dana Stuster of the National Security Network think tank in Washington, which closely follows the Iran talks. “Where it might have an effect is encouraging hardliners in Iran to more actively oppose the deal.” In the U.S., Republicans in the House of Representatives invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak against an Iran deal last week at a joint meeting of… Read More ›

IranP5+1 TalksPoliticsThursday, March 12, 2015

NSN Urge Senate to Reject Dangerous Iran Legislation

Fifty Pro-Diplomacy Organizations Urge Senate to Reject Dangerous Iran Legislation National Iranian American Council March 12, 2015 To: Members of the U.S. Senate As organizations representing millions of Americans that support a peaceful diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff with Iran, we strongly urge you to oppose S.615, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. By threatening to reject a prospective nuclear deal, inserting conditions outside the scope of negotiations, and delaying the implementation of any agreement for months, this bill risks derailing the best chance to both prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon and avert a disastrous war. We understand that some members of Congress seek additional consultation and oversight regarding a final agreement. This bill is not the means to do so. Instead, this bill… Read More ›

IranP5+1 TalksPoliticsWednesday, March 11, 2015

Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.) Quoted in New York Times on Cotton’s Letter

Senator Behind Iran Letter Is Latest Freshman Republican to Stir Things Up By Jennifer Steinhauer March 11, 2015 | New York Times WASHINGTON — First there was Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who held up bills, conducted an antidrone talk-a-thon and generally annoyed his colleagues. Next was Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who whipped up a campaign that shut down the government. Now comes Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, another Republican freshman, whose letter to the leaders of Iran warning against a nuclear deal with the Obama administration has caused an international uproar… And while Mr. Cotton was broadly supported by Senate Republicans, his letter attracted many critics in his own party and beyond. “The idea of engaging directly with foreign entities on foreign policy… Read More ›

Benjamin NetanyahuGuantanamoIranIsraelP5+1 TalksWednesday, March 11, 2015

Partisan Republican Actions Damaging U.S. National Security

Partisan Republican Actions Damaging U.S. National Security March 11, 2015 The letter on the Iran negotiations by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), signed by 46 of his Senate Republican colleagues, is the latest and most blatant example of what is becoming an emerging pattern of Republican partisanship that expressly works to undermine U.S. foreign policy and national security. More than just an embarrassing political stunt, Sen. Cotton’s unprecedented letter will damage U.S. international credibility and weaken the United States’ ability to conclude a deal that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This willingness to put short-term political goals ahead of U.S. interests has been on display with other Republican initiatives in recent weeks, particularly Speaker of the House John Boehner’s (R-OH) efforts to circumvent… Read More ›

IranPoliticsTuesday, March 10, 2015

David Mercer on Fox News on GOP Political Gamble

Could Iran Letter Backfire on Republicans? Fox News March 10, 2015 NSN Board of Directors member David Mercer joins Fox News’ Strategy Room to discuss the GOP’s political gamble on Sen. Cotton’s letter to Iran. …out of self-interest, not in the interest of the American public, or the national security, or it allies including Israel to find a path to defuse the threat of Iran, but that the allies that are working with the United States, whether it be Great Britain, German or others to come to get stability in that region. That is what they undermined, and that is intolerable, deplorable, and should never happen again. – David Mercer Watch the latest video at   To watch the original footage, click here. Read More ›

CongressConservativesIranP5+1 TalksMonday, March 9, 2015

Sen. Cotton’s Reckless Iran Letter: Wrong on Facts, Disingenuous in Intent

Sen. Cotton’s Reckless Iran Letter: Wrong on Facts, Disingenuous in Intent March 9, 2015 While U.S. negotiators and their P5+1 colleagues prepare to enter a new round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Switzerland next weekend, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) released today the text of an open letter to the Iranian government signed by himself and 46 Republican senators. The pedantic letter begins by noting that Iran’s leadership “may not fully understand our constitutional system” before a discussion of treaty ratification and term limits. “[W]e will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke… Read More ›

Benjamin NetanyahuCongressConservativesIranIsraelP5+1 TalksWednesday, March 4, 2015

Conservatives Rush to Derail Iran Talks After Netanyahu’s Misleading Speech

Conservatives Rush to Derail Iran Talks After Netanyahu’s Misleading Speech March 4, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech laid out Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program – a concern shared by Congress and the Obama Administration. But while it succeeded in cynically pandering to his home constituency – after the speech, members of Congress called it a “campaign pep rally” and “straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook” – it failed to present a feasible alternative to the Administration’s diplomatic initiative. Instead, the Prime Minister made clear that he misunderstands what sanctions and negotiations can achieve, and what the consequences of these talks could be. Now, Congress is fast-tracking a bill that could scuttle the talks. As this increasingly partisan legislation is rushed to… Read More ›

Benjamin NetanyahuCongressIranIsraelP5+1 TalkssanctionsTuesday, March 3, 2015

Why Netanyahu Is Still Wrong on Iran

Why Netanyahu Is Still Wrong on Iran March 3, 2015 This morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a contentious address before Congress. Due to the politicization of the speech – Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) did not consult the Obama Administration in inviting Netanyahu, and invited the Prime Minister in the middle of an Israeli election campaign – a quarter of congressional Democrats have announced they will not be attending. But members of Congress don’t need to attend Netanyahu’s speech to know the message he’ll deliver – the Prime Minister has made clear his opposition to any agreement with Iran which would allow it to maintain an enrichment capability. This belief that the international community could negotiate a deal in which Iran would give… Read More ›

Benjamin NetanyahuIranIsraelP5+1 TalksMonday, March 2, 2015

Press Call: Bibi’s Address to Congress

Iran Showdown: Bibi’s Address to Congress Hosted by NSN and Rethink Media March 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm EST Controversy continues to swirl around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s joint address before Congress. Accepting Speaker Boehner’s invitation without the consultation of the White House weeks before the Israeli elections breached protocol and aimed to politicize the special relationship between Israel and the U.S. As negotiations between the international community and Iran continue with the hopes of reaching a successful conclusion in the near future, Bibi’s address has the potential to scuttle progress and to convince members of Congress to reject any final deal reached between the P5+1 and Iran. The manner in which this invitation was extended without White House knowledge and the fallout since its announcement has… Read More ›

IranP5+1 TalksThursday, February 26, 2015

Give Negotiations a Chance | John Bradshaw & Amb. Nancy Soderberg

Give Negotiations a Chance Why calling for increased sanctions against Iran while nuclear talks are ongoing is a bad idea. By Amb. Nancy Soderberg and John Bradshaw February 26, 2015 | U.S. News and World Report As negotiators jockey in Geneva to reach a framework agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons by the deadline, which comes at the end of March, hardliners in both Washington and Iran threaten to scuttle the deal. Calls for an arbitrary increase in tough sanctions from Washington and charges of bad faith from Iran indicate many want to squash almost any deal. It is important to recognize how these negotiations are in our deep national interests. Consider the alternative. If these negotiations fail and Iran moves further toward a nuclear… Read More ›

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