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Iraq War Veteran Turned Lawmaker Explains Why He Supports The Iran Nuclear Deal

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts served four tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Marines before he was elected to serve his country as a legislator last year. Now, he’s vocally backing the Iran nuclear deal, Politico reported.

“As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war. It is something I still carry with me today,” Moulton wrote in a testimonial for the White House. he added that the deal would not increase the likelihood of military intervention in Iran.

“During the Iraq war, I saw the weapons and influence of the Iranian regime, and I deeply understand the threat Iran poses to America and our allies like Israel. That is why it is so crucial that the international community works together to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Moulton wrote.

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Moulton also took to Twitter to defend his choice. “Sanctions are falling apart, so they get the cash either with the deal's restrictions and inspections or without,” he wrote in response to one nay sayer.

In the release from the White House, Moulton made it clear he still has his doubts about Iran, but that he trusts the safeguards outlined in the deal, which should reduce the economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for restrictions on their nuclear program. 

“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated among adversaries. But, in our ongoing confrontation with a great threat to world peace, we have found the best available option by peaceful means rather than pursuing a worse option through war,” he wrote in conclusion.

Sources: Seth Moulton/Twitter, Politico, The White House Image via Seth Moulton/Twitter, Wikimedia Commons