Washington, DC - The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) condemns the recent calls by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for war against Iran. Graham today told a Christians United For Israel conference that he plans to introduce an authorization for the use of military force in Iran in two months.
"Senator Graham's saber rattling is reckless and seriously undermines U.S. and international efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue," said NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi. "The Senator's call for war, combined with a new push for new Congressional sanctions, could become serious setbacks to U.S. efforts to reinvigorate nuclear diplomacy once Iran's new president takes office in August."
Many in Congress prefer to pursue new opportunities for diplomacy rather than to double down on saber rattling and sanctions that could upend diplomatic efforts. Last week, 131 Members of Congress called the recent election of Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, a "major potential opportunity" and urged President Obama to give new diplomacy a chance. Additionally, 29 experts and top former officials called on President Obama to make the most of this opportunity and to avoid provocations such as new sanctions that could jeopardize this new window for Iranian moderates.
"Americans do not want yet another military adventure in the Middle East and strongly favor diplomacy, while Iranians overwhelmingly voted for a president who promised to reach out to the West and pledged moderation over radicalism," said Abdi. "The bellicose calls for war and sanctions is out of touch with the majority of Americans, just as the hostile rhetoric of Iranian officials has been roundly rejected by the Iranian people."
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