Sen. Steve Daines seems to forget that diplomacy is what keeps us out of wars.
He rails against the Iran nuclear treaty in a guest column in last Friday’s Missoulian but offers little in the way of alternatives.
Besides being factually inaccurate, his opinion runs counter to those who are experienced in such matters – Brent Scowcroft, for example.
The former national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush says in the Washington Post that this is “an epochal moment that Congress shouldn’t squander.”
He goes on to say that “there is no credible alternative were Congress to prevent U.S. participation in the nuclear deal. If we walk away, we walk away alone.”
On the other hand, Daines believes that because Syria, Russia and China think it’s a good deal, it must not be.
What Daines fails to mention is that France, the UK, Germany and the rest of the European Union also support the agreement.
He also says that opposition to the treaty is bipartisan, which is not true, and he trots out the name of one Democratic U.S. Senator: Chuck Schumer. Schumer has always been in the pocket of AIPAC, the lobbying arm of the Israeli government, so that doesn’t really count. Only one other Democratic Senator is opposed, despite AIPAC spending $1.7 million convincing Congress to scuttle the deal.
First, this agreement sets the stage for halting Iran’s nuclear weapons activities. Iran is also slowly becoming more moderate, and lifting sanctions will not only ease the economic depression there but should lead to closer ties to the West.
Daines, however, is toeing the Republican Party line which favors more ill-advised wars.