Monday, September 14, 2015

U.S. Rep French Hill Votes to Reject #BadIranDeal

Representatives will reconvene Tuesday, Sept 14, 2015 and again address the #BadIranDeal.

Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following video message after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to reject the Iranian nuclear agreement and suspend the authority of the President to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran:

Rep. Hill’s remarks, as prepared for delivery: Today, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Washington and New York, I want to take a few minutes and restate my opposition to the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

First, this deal isn’t in the best interest of the American people, nor is it in the best interest of our strategic allies in the Middle East. It is even a bad deal by President Obama’s own standards. It doesn’t meet his objective of prohibiting Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and it will not provide the anytime-anywhere inspections and verification that he promised.

Countless foreign policy experts, leaders in his own party, and the majority of Americans are unconvinced of the deal’s strength to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

And yet many supporters—and I have taken time to meet with a number from both the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration—of this deal continue to believe the notion that while the deal is not perfect, they believe a flawed proposal is better than no proposal.

During a classified hearing on the proposal for Members of Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry was, in my view, dismissive of questions about how the two secret side arrangement between Iran and the IAEA, which is the UN atomic watchdog agency. He had not seen them, and he appeared to not consider them a fundamental part of the proposal.

Importantly, Iran was also able to demand and obtain from our negotiators that no American IAEA inspector will ever inspect one of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

I have studied this proposal as a member of the House Financial Services Committee Task Force on Terrorism Financing, and with my three decades of private business experience I can tell you that Iran’s central bank, its commercial banks, and even its Quds Force institutions (the Special Forces unit of the Revolutionary Guards) are dedicated to attacks on Israel and Western targets. Once these institutions are back in the international banking system, it will be very hard to interdict their financial transactions.

In fact, this is clearly in conflict with American policy. For under Title III of the Patriot Act, we take actions to block state and non-state actors in money laundering and terror finance. Now, under this Iranian proposal, if we use these Patriot Act powers Iran using these powers, Iran may treat this type of action as a reason to suspend the agreement.

With this proposal, we are also legitimizing a $100-140 billion infusion of capital to the world’s “Central Bank of Terror, “Iran. And we have tied our hands to use our existing interdiction powers to punish Iran in the future, and, worst of all, put our strategic allies in the region at risk of annihilation, particularly the State of Israel.

Earlier this week, Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah stated this about Israel: “God willing there will be nothing left of the Zionist regime in 25 years. Meanwhile, the heroic jihadi Islamic spirit will not leave the Zionists in peace for a second.”

Anyone that is a friend of Israel cannot, in good faith, support this proposal.

This premise that not having a deal will lead to war is patently untrue. With American leadership, there is an alternative, and that alternative is a better deal.

The economies of the Great Britain, Germany, France, and the United States dwarf the 400 billion dollar GDP of Iran, and we need to use our economic clout to negotiate a deal that maintains our sanctions regime, meets the President’s initial objectives of ending Iran’s nuclear weapons capacity, and the result will be a better future for the 60% of Iranians that are under 30 and desirous of being part of a larger world with more opportunities.

Iran got a better deal than they had a right to expect, and Congress should voice its opposition and call for a proposal that actually meets the President’s objectives and offers a better future.

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