In December, I was privileged to attend a White House policy briefing on Iran with Phil Gordon and Colin Kahl. Both wrote articles last week that are mandatory reading for anyone who wants to opine intelligently about preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Gordon's short article explains how the administration's proposed deal with Iran avoids the pitfalls that led to North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons.
The Kohl article is a transcript of his May 14 speech to the Arms Control Association. It's long, but he explains how the deal will cut off all four pathways for Iran to develop nuclear weapons and he addresses every objection to the deal that I've heard (and I've heard a lot). Maybe you'll agree, maybe you'll disagree, but you owe it to yourself to understand why the U.S., its European allies, and even the Gulf states support this deal.
The House unanimously passed Brad Schneider's sanctions bill. On May 14, the House unanimously passed the Hezbollah International Financial Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill originally introduced last year by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) that would enact tougher sanctions on the terrorist group Hezbollah.
The House passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, 400-25. President Obama will sign it because the bill was stripped of its objectionable provisions in the Senate. It is unlikely that Congress will block any deal with Iran, as all the president would need under this bill is the support of one-third of either the House or the Senate.