The Corner

Iran

Here’s Congressman Cantor’s letter to Secretary Rice.

A taste of it:

Under the leadership of President Bush and yourself, you have engaged the international community to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear technology. I want to express my appreciation for your strong efforts. I too find it deeply troubling that Iran continues to defy the international community by refusing to abandon their nuclear program.

A nuclear-capable Iran would be a major step back for security in the Middle East. As you know, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recently advocated for the complete annihilation of Israel. His radical statements are reprehensible and cause for great concern. I share the belief that, we have a duty to protect our interests and allies in the region from nuclear attack or nuclear terrorism.

Furthermore, I believe the failure of the IAEA to disarm Iran has created a situation in which Israel might be justifiably forced to act in its own self-defense by preemptively attacking Iran.

With the democracy President Bush and you have worked so hard to promote finally becoming a reality in the Middle East, we cannot afford the destabilizing effect Iranian nuclear weapons will have.

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