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Retired Generals and Admirals Sign a Letter Urging Congress To Vote Against Iran Deal

Last week, around 200 U.S. military generals and admirals sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to vote down the Iran nuclear deal. Many of the signees have worked in the White House dating back three decades. The letter 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 agreement as constructed does not 'cut off every pathway' for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. To the contrary, it actually provides Iran with a legitimate path to doing that simply by abiding by the deal."

The retired military officials also say it's "unconscionable" for the Iran agreement to provide Iran with around $150 billion in sanctions relief. The letter goes on to read:

"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."

A side deal to the agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will allow Iran to provide its own inspectors at the Parchin nuclear site, where foreign officials have long suspected the Iranians have worked to develop nuclear weapons. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and other lawmakers have publicly expressed their opposition to the Iran deal.

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