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Iran deal: Get off the fence, Cardin and Mikulski

The barrage of letters supporting the fatally flawed Iran nuclear deal overlooks the obvious negative aspects of the accord ("Friends of Israel should support the Iran deal," Aug. 11). However, I do agree with only one point of the writers, namely that Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski should state their opinion on the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. This entirely one-sided accord not only allows the nuclear program of Iran to continue with dubious inspections but also presents a windfall of $150 billion for new weapons and funding of its terrorist surrogates in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen, to mention a few.

Iran has been granted the path to becoming a nuclear power without hindrance within a decade. We have alienated all of our friends in the region while supporting a terrorist state that has declared and continues to declare that it will wipe Israel off the face of the earth and confront the Great Satan, the U.S., wherever it can with its arsenal of long range missiles and nuclear weapons.

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As far as the argument of one of the writers that the Congress is not knowledgeable enough to make a reasoned decision, this is an insult to the Congress. The support of the treaty by the Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is not convincing, despite his academic credentials. Would he hold this position if he dared go against the president and after participating in the negotiations would he have the courage to oppose the result?

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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