Rep. Donna F. Edwards is facing criticism from members of the Jewish community for votes she has taken on Israel during her tenure in the House — positions that some believe will limit her support from an important constituency in her bid for the Senate.
Less than two weeks after becoming the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Ben Cardin scored a major legislative victory Tuesday by negotiating an agreement to give Congress oversight of an emerging deal to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon
Don Cooke remembers the protesters pouring over the wall of the U.S. embassy in Iran — some wearing images of the Ayatollah Khomeini on their chests — and his scrambled escape into the roiled streets of Tehran.
Negotiators from all sides discussing the Iran nuclear deal must drown out the noise and continue the hard work that has led to the progress we've so painstakingly achieved thus far. The preliminary agreement certainly does not mark the end of possibilities for U.S.-Iran diplomacy, but rather it is only the beginning.
Mr. Netanyahu wants the U.S. to forgo negotiations in favor of sanctions while Iran continues to build the infrastructure for nuclear weapons. The logical consequence of this chain of events would be war, because Iran would continue to develop its nuclear program unless negotiations prohibit it. Presumably, then, Mr. Netanyahu wants the next step to be a U.S.-led war in Iran
With talks on Iran's nuclear program likely to be extended, it's crucial that Congress continue to give the administration room to negotiate and not scuttle the chance for a deal with tough talk and unrealistic demands.
Unfortunately, a group of 59 Senators, including Maryland's Ben Cardin, has introduced and is seeking a vote on a bill (S. 1881) that would impose further sanctions on Iran, reopen the terms of the first phase agreement and impose new and unrealistic restrictions on the comprehensive deal. The bill's authors claim their proposal for additional sanctions supports a diplomatic solution. As President Obama and the 10 Senate Democratic committee chairs have warned, it would not.
Secretary of State John Kerry recalled disarmament agreements between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in characterizing the Iran nuclear deal. A better analogy would be the 1938 Munich Pact, which gave Hitler part of Czechoslovakia in the vain hope that war could be avoided.