Here former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft urges Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal.
Scowcroft writes in the Washington Post’s Sunday edition, “If the United States could have handed Iran a “take it or leave it” agreement, the terms doubtless would have been more onerous on Iran. But negotiated agreements, the only ones that get signed in times of peace, are compromises by definition. It is what President Reagan did with the Soviet Union on arms control; it is what President Nixon did with China.”
Mr. Scowcroft, according to the Washington Post, “pointed to the caliber of the people who negotiated the deal and who support it.” “There is no more credible expert on nuclear weapons than Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who led the technical negotiating team,” Mr. Scowcroft wrote. “When he asserts that the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] blocks each of Iran’s pathways to the fissile material necessary to make a nuclear weapon, responsible people listen. Twenty-nine eminent U.S. nuclear scientists have endorsed Moniz’s assertions.”