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Bloomberg to WH on Iran Deal: Stop Minimizing Weaknesses and Exaggerating Benefits

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 07:57 PM

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some feedback for President Barack Obama: your messaging regarding the Iran nuclear deal is wrong.

With the nation 
— including lawmakers in Washington — divided over the agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program, Obama argues that those opposed to the deal are playing politics.

In a column published Monday
,  Bloomberg wrote Obama is taking the wrong angle of attack against his foes.

"If you oppose the Iranian nuclear agreement, you are increasing the chances of war. And if you are a Democrat who opposes the agreement, you are also risking your political career. That's the message the White House and some liberal leaders are sending — and they ought to stop now, because they are only hurting their credibility," Bloomberg wrote.

"I have deep reservations about the Iranian nuclear agreement, but I — like many Americans — am still weighing the evidence for and against it. This is one of the most important debates of our time, one with huge implications for our future and security and the stability of the world. Yet instead of attempting to persuade Americans on the merits, supporters of the deal are resorting to intimidation and demonization, while also grossly overstating their case."

Bloomberg references a speech Obama gave last week during which he talked about the Iran deal, saying it was not a hard choice to take a pro-deal stance.

The mayor, who served at the helm of New York City from 2002-2013, was a Democrat before he served as mayor, switched to a Republican from 2001-2007, and then became an independent.

Bloomberg is still undecided about the Iran deal and whether or not Congress should approve it.

"Last week, President Barack Obama said that it was not a difficult decision to endorse the agreement. I couldn't disagree more," Bloomberg wrote. "This is an extraordinarily difficult decision, and the president's case would be more compelling if he stopped minimizing the agreement's weaknesses and exaggerating its benefits. If he believes that the deal 'permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,' as he said in his speech at American University last Wednesday, then he should take another look at the agreement, whose restrictions end suddenly after 15 years, with some of the constraints on uranium enrichment melting away after just 10."

Bloomberg argues that "overstating the case for the agreement" leads to more distrust than support for the deal.

Bloomberg also takes issue with the backlash against New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who announced his opposition to the Iran deal last week.

"In his thoughtful statement opposing the deal, Schumer noted that the best course of action is not clear. Reasonable people can and do disagree," Bloomberg wrote.

"Yet rather than acknowledging a respectful difference of opinion, the president's spokesperson and others close to the White House suggested that Schumer's decision may cost him the opportunity to become the leader of the Senate's Democratic caucus."

Opposition to the Iran deal has been fierce,
and it has included lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

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