by Jim Lobe
With virtually all Republicans already committed to rejecting the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action between the P5+1 and Iran, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the “brains” behind the Iraq debacle, has hit on just the person to persuade Democrats to defy their president.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The nuclear deal with Iran and the implications for US security: A speech by former Vice President Richard B. Cheney
AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
President Barack Obama and his supporters have framed the debate over the Iran nuclear deal as a choice between accepting the agreement or opting for war, claiming there is no alternative to this deal. However, critics argue that the current agreement not only allows Iran to acquire a nuclear weapons arsenal, but also may bring the world closer to nuclear war than at any time in 70 years.
As the US military budget is cut and the Obama administration diminishes America’s power and global role, will nervous allies in the region—worried about Iran’s rising power and the seriousness of US commitments—develop their own nuclear programs? Will the provision of sanctions relief and more than $150 billion in cash to the world’s leading state sponsor of terror—responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers through Tehran’s proxies in Iraq and Afghanistan—endanger America’s allies and interests? Should Congress approve a deal in which Iran is allowed to verify its own compliance?
Just over a week before Congress’s September 17 deadline to approve or disapprove the Iran nuclear deal, please join AEI in welcoming former Vice President Richard B. Cheney for a major address concerning the deal’s consequences for the security and interests of the United States and its allies in the Middle East.
If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
Richard B. Cheney, Former Vice President of the United States
Danielle Pletka, AEI
I predict this will be even more effective than AIPAC’s choice of (“Independent Democrat”) Sen. Joe Lieberman—the same guy who endorsed John McCain against Obama in 2008—to serve on the advisory board of its multi-million-dollar campaign to kill the deal.