LobeLog has really been blanketing the coverage of the opposition to the Iran deal this week, so if you’re interested you should check out a few of their recent pieces. Ali Gharib, for example, had a lot of fun picking apart Leon “why is this man still getting paid writing gigs” Wieseltier’s anti-deal argument (assuming you consider “the deal is bad because I saw a picture of Zarif smiling in Vienna” to be an “argument”). Eli Clifton, who knows more about the shady money funding the anti-deal campaign than just about anybody, tied Mike “ovens” Huckabee’s insanity to the Sheldon Adelson-backed Zionist Organization of America. Jim Lobe dug deep to find some Republicans who are using bad historical analogies to argue against the deal that are not related to the Nazis. LobeLog’s Tehran Correspondent, who is anonymous for obvious reasons, reported on how critics of the deal inside Iran are struggling to find ways to oppose the deal without crossing Ayatollah Khamenei, whose refusal to criticize the deal means that he probably approves of it, even if he’s not saying that quite so explicitly.
Last but not least, yours truly watched Tom Cotton spew words from his mouth-hole (twice, because I can’t take notes fast enough) so that you didn’t have to. You’re welcome:
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) told a receptive audience at the neoconservative Hudson Institute on Tuesday that Congress should take action to defeat the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that was concluded in Vienna earlier this month between Iran and the countries of the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China). The upcoming congressional vote to reject the deal “is a weighty decision,” Cotton said, “but it’s also not a hard one: the United States should reject this deal.”
The senator, a protégé of Iraq War architect and neoconservative éminence grise Bill Kristol, described “the Ayatollahs” as “grinning” as a result of the deal, though the questions of which Ayatollahs are grinning, and how Cotton knows they’re grinning right now, were left tantalizingly unanswered. In Cotton’s view, “this agreement abandons” the goal of depriving Iran of nuclear weapons capability, and “in its place, this deal gives Iran nuclear weapons capability, laying out an R&D roadmap for it to become a nuclear threshold state in barely a decade.” This is a unique interpretation of a deal that has won the backing of dozens of arms control experts, diplomats, and former national security officials.
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