From the NY POST: Congressional Democrats from New York have lashed out at the Obama administration’s deal on Iran’s nuclear program, arguing that it doesn’t go far enough to block the rogue nation from developing bombs.
“The prospect of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons is simply intolerable, and I have long said that we must do everything we can do to prevent Iran from ever obtaining such weapons,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) said in a statement.
“The ultimate question will not be ‘Is this the best deal in the world?’ but rather, ‘Is this the best course of action . . . to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?’ ”
Reps. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) and Nita Lowey (D-Westchester) had similar concerns.
“There are too many unanswered questions. Iran needs to be far more forthcoming before we are comfortable with this deal,” Engel, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN.
Said Lowey, “Far too many details remain undetermined to ensure Congress and the American people that we are on track to permanently and verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Meanwhile Sen. Charles Schumer, the leading contender to replace the retiring Harry Reid as Senate Democratic minority leader, ducked the issue Friday.
But some other top Democrats were quick to express misgivings.
“I greet any deal with Iran with great skepticism, given its deceptive history and ongoing destabilizing and dangerous activities,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.).
Rep. Peter King (R-LI) said the deal would enrich Iran and that he was “very, very skeptical” that Iran would live up to its end of the bargain and that he sees “no reason to trust Iran.”
House Speaker John Boehner — who infuriated President Obama by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House — reiterated that Iran cannot be trusted.
“It would be naive to suggest the Iranian regime will not continue to use its nuclear program,” he said.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz, meanwhile, said the president was reaching out to congressional leaders to lobby for the deal — and insisted Israel had nothing to worry about.
Many liberal Democrats voiced their support.
“This agreement provides a sound framework to make our families safer. It is not based on ‘trust.’ It is based on ‘verify,’ ” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said in a statement. “[The plan] has already given us more insight and given the Iranians less capability to go nuclear.”