Another Democrat announced his opposition to President Obama’s Iran deal today, this one from the normally-loyal ranks of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Florida representative Alcee Hastings said in a statement that the deal will not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. “The negotiators worked diligently, but in the end, the JCPOA allows Iran to remain a nuclear threshold state while simultaneously reaping the benefits of relief from international sanctions,” he wrote. “Iran simply needs to be patient and it will once again have the ability to enrich uranium.”
Hastings also faulted the negotiating team for “giv[ing] Iran the authority to restart its nuclear-capable ballistic missile development program within eight years,” and for lifting the ban on sales of conventional weapons to Iran after five years. “This poses a threat to the U.S. and to our allies,” he wrote.
Hastings’ opposition is hardly a surprise, given his refusal to join 151 of his House Democratic colleagues in signing a letter endorsing the framework of the deal in May. If 144 House Democrats back the deal, Obama can veto the congressional resolution disapproving of the deal without fear that the veto will be overridden.
— Joel Gehrke is a political reporter for National Review.