Over the weekend I sent a clarion message to Illinois Senator Dick Durbin via his official website. I receive regular emails from Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.
The message stated explicitly that I wanted Senator Durbin to reject the Iran deal outright and that it would not be in the best interest of Illinois or the U.S. or for Israel to negotiate with terrorists, terrorists who STILL issue public death threats against America and Israel and terrorists who STILL hold four Americans hostage, one a Christian pastor I pray for daily.
First, here is a Illinois Senator Mark Kirk’s proactive response from his newsletter:
You may have heard by now about the nuclear agreement with Iran. In reviewing the details, I am gravely concerned the deal will condemn the next generation to living with an Iranian nuclear power in the Persian Gulf and endanger the security of the United States, Israel, and the Middle East. It’s now up to Congress to stop this bad deal.
The agreement will enrich and empower Iran, a rogue regime that U.S. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has called “the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism.” It tears down the sanctions that have isolated Iran’s economy and lifts a United Nations arms embargo that has prevented Iran from buying and selling conventional weapons and missiles. The agreement even gives back Iran over $100 billion in frozen assets that it can use as a slush fund to support terrorism and destabilize the Middle East.
Worst of all, the agreement will pave Iran’s path to nuclear weapons. It requires Iran to take temporary and reversible steps that keep it on the threshold of acquiring nuclear weapons. It also fails to impose snap inspections anytime, anywhere in Iran, allowing Iran to delay and obstruct inspections at suspected nuclear facilities.
Congress will review the agreement and vote either to approve or disapprove it within 60 days. Before that vote, the Senate Banking Committee will hold hearings to examine the serious consequences of tearing down international sanctions and giving Iran a $100 billion dollar slush fund to spread terror and aggression.
Senator Mark Kirk
I received the following disappointing response from Senator Dick Drubbing. Here are some excerpts (full response below):
Durbin’s presumptive concern: “I share your concerns about this agreement and raised legitimate questions about it myself. However, I have read through the agreement and spoken with our nation’s top experts and am convinced this is the best option for ensuring that Iran does not seek, develop, or acquire nuclear weapons. The agreement provides regular access to and verification of Iran’s nuclear facilities and supplies which would not have been possible otherwise.”
Delusion, Deathly Denial and Naiveté: “No agreement today could have solved all our differences with Iran, including support for terrorist groups and holding of American citizens. But for the first time in decades, Iran’s nuclear weapons program has been halted – an accomplishment no previous administration or Congress has been able to achieve.”
Below is Senator Durbin’s full textual genuflection to the Obama Terrorist Support Network and to Iran’s Ayatollah. He presumes to share my concerns. Durbin does not share my concerns. He does not represent me.:
July 27, 2015
Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Dear Ms. Johnson:
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the nuclear agreement reached between the United States, five other nations, and Iran. I appreciate hearing from you.
On July 14, 2015, President Obama announced that Iran reached an agreement with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany (also referred to as P5+1) to significantly reduce its nuclear capacity. This agreement was the result of nearly two years of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran.
Iran has agreed to reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, a chemical element that can be used to make nuclear weapons, by 98 percent for 15 years. It will also remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges, which are the machines needed to produce the kind of uranium used for nuclear weapons. Iran also agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to have access to its key nuclear facilities and entire uranium supply chain.
I share your concerns about this agreement and raised legitimate questions about it myself. However, I have read through the agreement and spoken with our nation’s top experts and am convinced this is the best option for ensuring that Iran does not seek, develop, or acquire nuclear weapons. The agreement provides regular access to and verification of Iran’s nuclear facilities and supplies which would not have been possible otherwise.
In 2007, I joined then-Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon in introducing the Iran Counter Proliferation Act, key components of which became the basis for subsequent petroleum sanctions on Iran. I have also voted for all key sanctions bills and believe these sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table. These sanctions will be lifted only as Iran proceeds to meet provisions of the agreement.
I am under no illusions about the Iran regime, and the United States will need to aggressively counter Iranian destabilization in the region, a task made easier without the threat of a nuclear weapon. No agreement today could have solved all our differences with Iran, including support for terrorist groups and holding of American citizens. But for the first time in decades, Iran’s nuclear weapons program has been halted – an accomplishment no previous administration or Congress has been able to achieve.
Congress will have 60 days to review the agreement, and I will continue to do so with diligence. We must prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and ensure the security of our nation and that of our allies.
I will keep your concerns in mind as the Senate further considers the nuclear agreement reached between the P5+1 and Iran.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to keep in touch.
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator
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