The Obama Administrations efforts to drum up support for the Iran Nuclear Deal over the last month have started to pay dividends. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has pledged to vote for the controversial deal, fracturing the votes within key democratic leadership.
“This agreement is the best way to prevent Iran’s leaders from obtaining the nuclear weapons that would empower them to follow through on their threats to Israel,” Reid said in a statement posted on his website.
Taking aim at opponents of the deal who say the accord should be renegotiated, Reid called that position a “fantasy” that would lack any international backing.
“That is not a real option and we should not pretend that it is,” Reid said. “Whether we like it or not, the current sanctions regime depends on other countries.”
Reid’s decision puts him in the unusual position of opposing Schumer, his likely successor as the Senate’s Democratic leader. Schumer, in a statement earlier this month, called for a rejection of the Iran deal to “pursue the hard-trodden path of diplomacy once more, difficult as it may be.”
Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), an Iraq war combat veteran, has also pledged his support in a letter published on the White House website.
No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated among adversaries. But, in our ongoing confrontation with a great threat to world peace, we have found the best available option by peaceful means rather than pursuing a worse option through war.
Other senators and representatives have begun to announce their support as the time rapidly approaches for the expected votes for disapproval promised by Republican leadership. It is thought that Obama is 7 votes in the senate away from the 34 necessary to sustain a veto of a disapproval resolution.
Opponents to the deal are being openly sniped at in the press, and doubts are rising even in Israel that an effective opposition campaign can be made as European businesses clamor for the opportunities to re-enter what was once a lucrative market for them. The pessimism has grown to such a degree that some think that enforcement of the deal by any of the European members of the 5+1 Powers who negotiated the treaty will be lax, if not non-existant.
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