In a new opinion piece for New Jersey's Star-Ledger, President Barack Obama writes that the Iran deal is the best available option that the U.S. has to stop the nation from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“After two years of negotiations, we have achieved an arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” the president wrote. “It cuts off every one of Iran’s pathways to a bomb and provides the most comprehensive inspection and verification regime ever negotiated to monitor a nuclear program.”
While Obama admits that the “deal does not solve all our problems with Iran,” the main objectives of preventing Iran from getting any nuclear weaponry will be met.
Obama went on to promote the “round-the-clock monitoring” and inspections of Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, which Republicans and Democrats alike have criticized as not being strong enough in the agreement. “If a site raises suspicion anywhere in Iran, inspectors will be able to gain access to it. We will be able to detect any attempt Iran might make to gain a nuclear weapon through covert channels,” Obama wrote.
To quell more concerns that removing all of Iran’s economic sanctions is a bad idea, Obama attempted to reassure readers they can easily be placed back on the country.
“If Iran tries to cheat over the next decade, sanctions will snap back into place,” the president wrote.
Obama criticized Republicans for not having an open mind about the potential positive results from the Iran deal, saying that “Republicans lined up to oppose it” before even reading the full text of the deal.
Sticking to his talking points from previous media appearances promoting the deal, Obama characterized the dismissal of the deal as a sign of war.
“Here’s my bottom line: if we are committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the choice we ultimately face is between a diplomatic solution and what would likely become another war in the Middle East in the near future,” Obama said.
He closed his piece by saying, “This is a very good deal for the United States, and we should be proud of it” and stressed the “overwhelming support” from the international community.
Congress will vote on the deal when the chambers return from a monthlong recess on Sept. 17. So far, two Democrats — Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey — have stated that they will not vote in favor of the deal. To override an expected presidential veto, Republicans would need 11 more Democratic votes to succeed.