Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas explained the reasoning behind the letter he and 46 other senators sent to Iran about the nuclear deal this morning on CBS. Watch Cotton's interview with Bob Schieffer here:
In a Saturday night letter from President Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker, the White House confirmed that in fact the United Nations will play a key role in any nuclear deal that may be reached with Iran.
"The United Nations Security Council will also have a role to play in any deal with Iran," McDonough writes, after urging Congress not to pass a bill related to the nuclear negotiations.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is encouraging all candidates -- Democrats and Republicans -- to sign the letter organized by Senator Tom Cotton warning that any Iran deal not accepted by Congress can be revoked.
I support "the letter sent by Senator Tom Cotton and his colleagues to Iran warning them that Congress will have to approve any nuclear deal," Jindal's statement reads.
President Obama will wait until after a nuclear deal with Iran is made to make the case to the American people that it's the right thing to do. He made the comment today after being asked about this letter from nearly 50 U.S.
Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress that the problem with the proposed deal with Iran is that it "paves Iran's path to the bomb."
"So you see, my friends, this deal has two major concessions. One, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program, and, two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That's why this deal is so bad," said Netanyahu.
Susan Rice told AIPAC It was "neither realistic nor achievable" to expect Iran to stop enriching uranium:
"We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal. I know that some of you will be urging Congress to insist that Iran forgo its domestic enrichment capacity entirely," Rice told AIPAC, as the crowd broke in to chear.
"But, but, but as desirable as that would be, it is neither realistic nor achievable."
The Obama administration is angry with Israel. Here's the administration's house organ, the New York Times, this morning:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.
Foreign Policy reports that the U.S. believes Iran is cheating on U.N. nuclear sanctions. "The United States has privately accused Iran of going on an international shopping spree to acquire components for a heavy-water reactor that American officials have long feared could be used in the production of nuclear weapons-grade plutonium," reports Colum Lynch.