Neocon Campaign to Derail Iran Nuclear Talks Increases Likelihood of War

Posted March 18, 2015

MP3 Interview with Jim Lobe, Washington bureau chief of the international news agency, Inter Press Service, conducted by Scott Harris


The Republican party’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on March 3, where he had challenged a future international nuclear deal with Iran (just two weeks before Israel’s election) was widely criticized for its failure to notify the White House. But when GOP Arkansas freshman Sen. Tom Cotton initiated a letter, signed by 47 of his Republican colleagues that warned the Iranian government that any nuclear agreement they signed with President Obama could quickly be overturned by a successor government, a firestorm of criticism erupted across the nation. With dozens of editorials condemning the letter and the appearance of the Twitter hashtag #47Traitors plastered all over social media, some GOP operatives felt compelled to claim the letter was not meant to be taken seriously.

Ironically, Cotton's letter may have backfired by uniting some wavering Democrats to give President Obama more time to conduct international negotiations with Iran, with the goal of preventing the nation from acquiring nuclear weapons. But legislation sponsored by Republican Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker that would give Congress 60 days to reject or approve any Iranian nuclear agreement and expedite the consideration of new sanctions if Iran is found to be cheating on the deal, may be voted on in April. By some estimates, the bill is supported by enough Democrats to override a promised presidential veto.

Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Jim Lobe, Washington bureau chief of the international news agency, Inter Press Service, and editor and publisher of Here, he discusses the links between Sen. Tom Cotton and neo-conservative activists whose ultimate goal is regime change in Iran.

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