What happens if President Trump and Congress demolish the Iran nuclear agreement?
Military veterans are worried, especially those who’ve served in recent conflicts.
They know what war in the Middle East is like. They know its sounds and smells. They’ve faced combatants, person to person, and know the fear of IEDs. They’ve brought home the scars and the memories.
That’s why VoteVets is urging Congress to stay in the deal, not just now, but for the long haul.
VoteVets represents more than 500,000 veterans, family members and supporters, on the issues that affect their lives most —including national security. Hardly a special interest group, they reflect the full spectrum of American life: walk-up recruits to academy graduates, men and women from every corner of the country who know the honor and sacrifice of service to our nation.
Since President Trump assumed office, VoteVets has thrown itself fully into educating Congress on the importance of the Iran commitment. They’ve sat down with senators and representatives, spoken up at town halls, made calls, sent emails and drafted op-eds detailing the danger of abandoning our international commitments.
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For some, there’s a sense of déjà vu. The last time we went to war in the Middle East it was over weapons of mass destruction. If we sabotage the Iran deal, we could see an unconstrained Iran rush to build a bomb. What will we do then to block them? Military action would not be a simple or painless option, as VoteVets knows all too well.
And if Iran does develop a nuclear weapon? Then we have another North Korea on our hands.
VoteVets knows pressure works. When the year began, many people assumed Obamacare wouldn’t survive to the summer months. But Americans spoke up. Citizens called, they wrote and they demanded healthcare safety and security, for their families and for their neighbors. And Congress listened.
It wasn’t easy. Keeping the Iran deal secure won’t be easy either. Even as Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified before Congress that it was in our national security interest to maintain the agreement, President Trump was bent on scrapping it.
As experienced military men and women, VoteVets members know how to tackle jobs that aren’t easy. Their service on the nation’s behalf continues even when they’re no longer in uniform.
VoteVets’ message to Congress — stick with the Iran deal — is vitally important. We’re honored to support and amplify their work.
Photo: US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sara Bauer, 388th CMS, holds a bunch of American flags during a volunteer opportunity at the Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Utah, Nov. 9, 2012. A group of volunteers from Hill Air Force Base helped the Memorial Park's staff place flags by over 4300 deceased US military members graves. US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany DeNault/released. Flickr (cc) / DVIDSHUB