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Scowcroft: Obama's Iran Deal Like Reagan's With USSR, Nixon's With China

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By    |   Sunday, 23 Aug 2015 11:43 PM

Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to two Republican presidents, is urging his fellow Republicans to support the Iran nuclear deal.

In an op-ed published Sunday in The Washington Post,  Scowcroft "strongly" urged Congress to support the agreement.

Republicans, who hold majorities in both houses, largely oppose the deal reached earlier this summer, while Democrats, with a few notable exceptions,  favor it. Even so, those opposed don't have enough votes to override a veto by President Barack Obama, whose administration brokered the deal between the P5+1 powers and Iran.

"If the United States could have handed Iran a 'take it or leave it' agreement, the terms doubtless would have been more onerous on Iran," Scowcroft wrote. "But negotiated agreements, the only ones that get signed in times of peace, are compromises by definition. It is what President Reagan did with the Soviet Union on arms control; it is what President Nixon did with China."

In addition to passing the deal, Congress also should ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency, other relevant bodies and U.S. intelligence agencies have the resources needed to facilitate inspection and monitor compliance, he said.

Scowcroft acknowledged that the United States will continue to have significant differences with Iran over human rights, support of terrorist groups and involvement in the internal affairs of neighboring countries, but he said the United States has faced similar problems with the former Soviet Union and with China when it made treaties.

Scowcroft served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.

He acknowledged fears for Israel, America's strongest ally in the Middle East, but said that Iran is well aware of Israel's nuclear strike-back capability and of the conventional military power of other Arab countries.

If the United States walks away now from the deal it took the leadership role in crafting, it will be an abdication of its unique role and responsibility and would cause it to lose all leverage on Iran's nuclear activities.

"There is no credible alternative were Congress to prevent U.S. participation in the nuclear deal," Scowcroft warned. "If we walk away, we walk away alone."

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Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to two Republican presidents, is urging his fellow Republicans to support the Iran nuclear deal. In an op-ed published Sunday in The Washington Post, Scowcroft strongly urged Congress to support the agreement.
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