Iran Agreement Makes War More Likely

(The Hill) J.B. Pritzker - In the negotiations on ending Iran's nuclear threat, U.S. objectives were to reduce the threat to the homeland, to American interests abroad and to our allies in the region. Regrettably, the Iran deal reduces all our leverage upfront, giving Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief, in return for permitting it to maintain its advanced nuclear program and the infrastructure of a threshold nuclear state. A financially bolstered hard-line Iranian regime will result in increased terrorism abroad and even more repression at home. Given Iran's atrocious human rights record, we risk compromising our progressive values if we eliminate sanctions and prop up this reactionary regime. By legitimizing Iran's nuclear program, removing the pressure of economic sanctions and allowing it to obtain conventional weapons and ballistic missiles, this agreement makes the prospect for war more likely, not less. The writer served as national co-chair of Hillary Clinton for President in 2008.

2015-08-21 00:00:00

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