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The Buzz debate: The Iranian nuclear agreement

Former Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Ks. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)
Former Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Ks. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, opposes the nuclear agreement with Iran. Here’s his statement on the deal:

“This is a bad deal for the United States and one that will embolden our adversaries and jeopardize the security of our allies. The stated goal of the negotiations was to ensure Iran never develops the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, yet the president agreed to a deal that does the opposite.

“By allowing Iran to become nuclear weapons capable and failing to provide for ‘anytime anywhere’ inspections, this deal gives Iran a free pass to cheat at its military sites with no access to U.S. inspectors. In return, the president agreed to give Iran hundreds of millions of dollars in sanctions relief.

“Meanwhile, just last week Iran continued its calls for the destruction of Israel and ‘death to America' as Iran’s Supreme Leader stood by calling for the need to fight the U.S. even if there is an agreement. This deal undermines the security of our friends and allies and legitimizes Iran’s unapologetic sponsorship of terrorism throughout the Middle East.”

Former Kansas Rep. Jim Slattery, a Democrat, is a pretty strong supporter of the nuclear deal with Iran.

Here are excerpts from his op-ed argument for the agreement:

“Disapproval of this deal will be the most humiliating diplomatic defeat for the United States since the defeat of the League of Nations in 1920... Rejecting a deal negotiated by the world powers will cause long term damage to our country’s credibility as a world leader....

“If Iran decides to pursue its nuclear enrichment program and its plutonium program the day after Congress rejects this deal, what do opponents plan to do? Opponents of the deal have an obligation to tell our country what other realistic options are available to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. So far they have not offered any viable alternatives.

“The deal before Congress is not perfect. But we must not let perfect be the enemy of good. Remember that if Iran violates it obligations, the U.S. will have all the military options it has today available in the near and distant future. Our friends in Europe and our major competitors like Russia and China all agree that this deal is the best way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

“Congress should approve it.”