Today U.S. Senate Democrats blocked a key procedural vote in an effort to pave the way for President Barack Obama’s controversial Iran nuclear agreement. Expressing disappointment with his colleagues, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the nuclear agreement is not a pathway to peace or stability, but is Iran’s springboard to grow into the Middle East’s most dangerous bully.
According to Enzi, the deal gives Iran everything it needs to pour money and resources in attacking our allies, supporting terrorism, and taking advantage of instability in the region while relying on nothing more than hope that Iran will keep its promise.
“In August, I traveled over 4,500 miles around Wyoming and I only heard from four people who supported this deal out of hundreds,” Enzi said. “When I asked the question ‘Do you trust Iran?’, 100 percent said ‘no’.”
Believing this deal is yet another example of the Administration misjudging the difficult and dangerous situation in the Middle East, Enzi said President Obama’s claims that this deal is the only way to avert a war with Iran just aren’t true.
“For more than a decade, the United States and our allies have used sanctions effectively to prevent Iran from achieving its nuclear ambitions,” Enzi said. “ But under this agreement, we would be giving up those sanctions in exchange for the hope that we can trust Iran…We should not give up the advantages we have that are working to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”
Enzi also expressed deep concerns about separate side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency dealing with the military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program that have not been reviewed by Congress. Enzi said Congress should not move forward with any agreement until they can be assured that they have a full understanding of all of the components that are part of it.
“But understanding all the components of this deal isn’t just about the documents that were submitted to Congress” Enzi said. “It’s also about understanding what happens when Iran has the freedom and resources to grab for power and position in the region.”