By Jonathan Greenberg, Originally published in The Indianapolis Star
Sen. Joe Donnelly should listen to former Sen. Evan Bayh and reconsider his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program.
In a few weeks, President Obama’s disastrous Iran deal will face a congressional vote to reject. That bill will pass on an overwhelming, bipartisan basis. The president has promised to veto the bill. Congress will then need a two-thirds majority in both houses in order to override the veto and finally reject this dangerously flawed deal.
Disappointingly, last week, Sen. Donnelly announced that he intended to support the JCPOA – a deal that Bayh has lobbied against in Congress, calling it a “disaster.”
Sen. Donnelly said he owed it to our military “to have exhausted every other option to stop Iran before we would consider putting any of our servicemembers in harm’s way.” I, and all other opponents of this deal, agree. But nowhere does the senator explain why he thinks this agreement accomplishes that goal.
Unfortunately, the deal he supports makes military intervention more likely and then postpones it until Iran is better equipped to fight back.