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Cardin demonstrates how power corrupts

Reporter John Fritze's article, "Support grows for Iran deal" (Sept. 2), accomplished two things. One was probably intentional — to inform readers about the likelihood of the acceptance of the nuclear deal with Iran. For the record, let it be known that as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, I oppose the deal.

The other thing which Mr. Fritze's article did, probably unintentionally, was that it spoke volumes about the principle, power corrupts. A case in point is Sen. Ben Cardin.

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Here is the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who after weighing the tea leaves until almost the end, decided to reject the nuclear deal with Iran ("Cardin to oppose Iran nuclear deal," Sept. 4). Senator Cardin should have been leading his Democratic associates on the path of voting down the deal. But such was not the case. In his role as a senior career politician in Maryland, the indecisiveness he displayed until he finally reached his decision has sent the message that maintaining and sustaining his snug relationship with President Barack Obama and retaining his ranking position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is of more importance to him than protecting the United States and the state of Israel from a perilous agreement that threatens the safety and security of both nations.

Mr. Fritze is correct to observe that Senator Cardin announced his position after it was already clear the White House had the votes needed to implement the deal. To me, this confirms the political manipulation on Senator Cardin's part which further substantiates my contention that power corrupts.

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Wouldn't it have been a courageous move on Senator Cardin's part to inform President Obama that his legacy amounts to a diplomatic appeasement that has not been seen since the days of Neville Chamberlain? Shame on Mr. Cardin and any member of Congress who supports this disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, the world's leading sponsor of terrorism.

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

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