If polling of the military would determine the fate of the Iranian nuclear agreement, it would fail miserably. Nearly 200 retired U.S. military generals and admirals sent a letter to Congressional leaders Friday, asking them to vote down the Iran nuclear deal.
Many of the signees have worked in the White House going back three decades, according to The Washington Post, who obtained a copy of the letter. The letter itself was addressed to House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
The letter reads, “As you know, on July 14, 2015, the United States and five other nations announced that a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been reached with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. In our judgment as former senior military officers, the agreement will not have that effect. Removing sanctions on Iran and releasing billions of dollars to its regime over the next ten years is inimical to the security of Israel and the Middle East. There is no credibility within JCPOA’s inspection process or the ability to snap back sanctions once lifted, should Iran violate the agreement. In this and other respects, the JCPOA would threaten the national security and vital interests of the United States and, therefore, should be disapproved by the Congress.”
The warning comes with an addendum that Iran could have nuclear weapons within ten years if the agreement goes through. The group of retired military officials says it’s “unconscionable” that the Iran agreement will provide Iran with around $150 billion in sanctions relief.
The letter added, “This agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies. In our professional opinion, far from being an alternative to war, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action makes it likely that the war the Iranian regime has waged against us since 1979 will continue, with far higher risks to our national security interests. Accordingly, we urge the Congress to reject this defective accord.”
The basis for an agreement was made last month and is designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program. It is also meant to prevent it from building a nuclear weapon. But critics of the deal say it’s not going to work.
Another shady side of the deal is that the agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will allow Iran to provide its own inspectors at the Parchin nuclear site. Experts in the field have long suspected the Iranians have worked to develop nuclear weapons.