No Iran WarFebruary 4, 2014
Over the last few days, over 70 House Democrats expressed opposition to new sanctions on Iran, Hillary Clinton announced her opposition, and a number of Senators pulled their support of the Iran sanctions bill. Here’s how to talk about why the defeat of the sanctions bill would mean a victory for Americans who don’t want another war.
Stay laser-focused on preventing another war and preventing Iran from getting the bomb. Make clear that politicians pushing for sanctions or Congressional resolutions to poison a final deal are pushing for war.
|●||Americans don’t want another war in the Middle East.|
|▲||But that is precisely what politicians criticizing diplomacy and proposing new Iran sanctions are pushing for.|
|■||If we can’t prevent Iran from getting a nuke through diplomacy, the only other way to stop it is war.|
|■||Iran’s willingness to talk and the preliminary deal between Iran and the West are historic. We need to give this a chance to work.|
|▲||Unfortunately, after being rebuked by our top diplomats and generals for the sanction bill, some politicians are now trying to tie our diplomats’ hands and undermine a final deal.|
|▲||Politicians in Congress need to stop the political posturing and let our diplomats and national security experts do their jobs.|
KEY: ● Connect with your audience | ■ Make your case | ▲Show how your opponents differ
ATTACKS AND RESPONSES
ATTACK: “The new sanctions bill would strengthen the US’s hand in negotiations.“
- That is not what our top diplomats and intelligence experts said, and most Americans understand they are a more reliable judge on these things than politicians in Congress.
- And those Americans would be right. There’s a reason so many Senators are abandoning the sanctions bill now.
- When people actually read the bill they discovered it would have trigger sanctions before the agreed-upon deadline and required the President to certify impossible conditions.
- Iran could have agreed to everything the U.S. asked for, and this bill would have killed a deal right before it was finalized.
- This is why it is so dangerous for Congress to play politics as usual with our national security.
- Congress needs to stop trying to tie our diplomats and security experts’ hands and let them do their job.
ATTACK: “We can’t trust Iran and shouldn’t negotiate with our enemies.“
- As President Reagan said when describing his negotiations with the Soviets, deals help build trust, but are based on verification.
- Any deal will require on-going verification by the West that Iran is not trying to build and does not have nuclear weapons.
- For the first time in decades, Iran has said it would be open to such an arrangement.
- We are negotiating from a position of strength and a deal with intrusive, verifiable inspections of a peaceful Iranian nuclear energy program would protect Israel and lock in American security interests in the region for decades.
- It would be folly to not give these talks a chance to work.
- A strong majority of Americans support the interim deal with Iran.
- Despite claims to the contrary by its sponsors, the new sanction bill had numerous poison pills and problems. A detailed description can be found here.
- Nearly a third of the House signed a rare bipartisan letter last year saying talks were the best way to avoid war and a nuclear-armed Iran.
- Iranian religious leaders have split with hardliners to support the deal and negotiations.
- Even Republicans like Rand Paul have said these talks are our best hope to avoid war and sanctions would have been a dangerous mistake.