Despite prominent congressional Democrats and a majority of American voters disapproving of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deal between the United States and Iran, the White House recently received the support of retired generals and admirals in a letter published to The Washington Post earlier this week.
“We, the undersigned retired military officers, support the agreement as the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” the letter begins. The authors also continue to praise the deal, using some of the same language that members of the Obama administration have previously used to promote and defend the deal.
“America and our allies, in the Middle East and around the world, will be safer when this agreement is fully implemented,” the letter reads. “It is not based on trust; the deal requires verification and tough sanctions for failure to comply.”
In one of his many speeches defending the deal, President Barack Obama insisted that his administration did not create the deal based on trust of the Iranian government. “This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification,” Obama said on July 14.
The generals and admirals also wrote that soldiers on the ground in a war with Iran would not be as effective as diplomatic peace talks.
“Military action would be less effective than the deal, assuming it is fully implemented. If the Iranians cheat, our advanced technology, intelligence and the inspections will reveal it, and U.S. military options remain on the table. And if the deal is rejected by America, the Iranians could have a nuclear weapon within a year. The choice is that stark,” the letter said.
Because Congress is on a scheduled month-long recess, a vote on the Iran deal will not take place until September. The White House expects a majority of Republicans in both chambers to oppose the deal while still trying to receive support from Democrats who remain undecided.
The president is expected to veto a resolution to ban his administration from removing economic sanctions from Iran, but if Republicans can receive enough Democratic support, they will be able to override a veto, CBS News noted.
The American public remains skeptical of the deal, as well. A recent poll showed that 53 percent of voters felt the Iran deal would not be effective in preventing the hostile nation from obtaining a nuclear weapon.