Press Release by NIAC Action
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaking at an AIPAC conference
NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement following Senator Robert Menendez’s intention to vote against the Iran deal:
“It comes as no surprise that Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that he remains rigidly opposed to any viable peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
"Menendez may have voted against authorizing the Iraq war, but in opposing the Iran deal he repeats the most fundamental mistake of George W. Bush by assuming that the U.S. can simply impose its will on its adversaries and dictate its own terms against the international community. Similarly, Menendez opposes reestablishing diplomatic relations and lifting sanctions on Cuba after nearly 60 years of that failed policy and offers the same approach towards Iran. He fails to grasp how endless sanctions without diplomacy punishes ordinary Iranians, will diminish U.S. leadership, and will lead to war with Iran.
"Menendez has heard directly from our Iranian-American members in New Jersey about the humanitarian suffering sanctions have caused against ordinary Iranians and the difficulties they pose for Iran's civil society. He has heard how this can be a good deal that not only prevents an Iranian nuclear weapon but can empower the Iranian people who want to lead their country in a more moderate direction. Instead, Menendez simply wants to double down on more sanctions with no plan to ever trade them in for a deal and no strategy to avoid a war.
"Menendez has long opposed any diplomatic solution to the U.S.-Iran standoff. He proved this when he and Senator Chuck Schumer teamed up with Republicans to kill the Iran negotiations in 2014 and earlier this year with sanctions. The pair were unable to convince their Democratic colleagues to sabotage U.S. diplomatic efforts then, and so far they are the only Democratic Senators signed onto this latest attempt to kill a deal. The Senate should once again slam the door on Sen. Menendez’s half-baked plan to kill the deal, collapse U.S.-led sanctions, free Iran from any nuclear constraints, and yet somehow avoid a rush to war.
"Sen. Menendez’s opposition to a deal supported by nearly the entire international community, leading scientists, and non-proliferation experts calls into question the rationale behind his support for sanctions in the first place. If Menendez is unwilling to ever trade in sanctions, he must admit that they are not a negotiating tool but instead an excuse for unending confrontation. With no viable diplomatic alternative presented by either Sen. Menendez or other knee-jerk opponents of the agreement, one can only assume that he either wants to keep sanctions in place indefinitely, or favors military conflict over an achievable, verifiable deal.”
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NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement after Rhode Island's Senators endorsed the Iran nuclear deal:
"We commend Rhode Island's Senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, for announcing their support for the Iran nuclear agreement.
"Despite the millions of dollars being spent to kill the deal, the opposition has only been able to produce two Democratic Senators who oppose the deal and zero viable alternatives to the negotiated agreement.
"The momentum is clearly in favor of Congress sealing the deal. Twenty-three of the forty-six Democrats in the Senate have indicated they will vote in favor of the agreement. Reed's endorsement is particularly noteworthy given that he is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee. We are hopeful that the remaining twenty-one Democratic Senators who have not announced their position will come out in support soon so that efforts to kill the deal can be put to rest."
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