… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Obama is having a good week. Some of these support announcements are spontaneous and some will be orchestrated, as in when someone decides to publicize their support, they will let the White House choose the timing for best effect. With both Harry Reid and the next highest Democrat, Senator Murray, it appears we are watching a top down strategy to put pressure on those below.
This is also the first public mention I have heard of the P5+1 ambassadors lobbying Congress, another tool being used against the AIPAC effort… and I predict an effective one.
Selling out to the Israelis on stuff that everybody else has for years and years comes with very little political risk. But on an historical event like the Iran nuclear agreement, being on the wrong side of history can have some long term consequences, which can counter the AIPAC pressure.
Whoever in the White House is heading up the President’s effort knows there is rhythm to getting your votes lined up, where “who goes when” helps you get the tougher votes at the end. That is where the public can weigh in on burying them with calls. But the public cannot wait too long or it might miss the show… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … August 26, 2015 –
Another Senate Democrat has voiced support for a nuclear deal with Iran, putting the administration of US President Barack Obama five votes away from approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by the Congress.
“I support this deal because I believe it puts us in a better and stronger position,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday.
She is the 29th Senate Democrat to publicly announce support for the agreement, reached between Tehran and the P5+1 – the US, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany in Vienna on July 14.
“I have heard directly from top ambassadors representing our P5+1 partners as well as members of the Administration that starting over is not an option,” Murray said. “Additionally, Iran would be spending the time it took to renegotiate a new deal to continue expanding their nuclear program.”
Murray, who was the highest ranking Democrat to be still undecided, called the agreement “not a perfect” one but Washington’s “best chance” in dealing with the matter.
“This deal gives us more tools to respond — not less, and it keeps the international community behind us in that effort,” she said.
Tehran has time and again stressed that it pursues nuclear energy for civilian purposes. Obama needs the Democratic senators’ support so that his veto power is not overridden after a possible rejection of the accord by the Republican-weighted Congress.
The Congress has until September 17 to review the agreement, under which restrictions will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.
Only two Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, have publicly opposed the accord so far.