Iran

While some politicians might view the Iran deal as an opportunity to score political points, by all accounts the Iran deal has been a huge success. We managed to convince Iran to halt its nuclear program and accept strict inspections of its nuclear facilities by the United Nations, and so far these nuclear inspections have been wildly successful (http://www.vox.com/2016/7/14/12187790/iran-deal-one-year).  

As such, it boggles our minds as to why some politicians continue to criticize the Iran agreement to this day. No agreement is perfect, and the fact that both sides walked away unsatisfied is actually a good sign; indeed, it’s usually an indication that both sides managed to get something they wanted.

Viewed in this light, the Iran deal represents a huge step forward. Whether we like it or not, the international community simply didn’t have enough leverage to press for anything more.  If America hadn’t given Iran something it wanted the deal would never have been accepted by Iran, in which case Iran would have been able to continue building its nuclear program and would have become an even bigger threat to America’s interests, our regional allies, and world peace.

Accordingly, the Iran deal represents a huge victory because it keeps everyone safe and provides an opportunity for Iran to re-engage with the international community. Whether we like it or not, it’s crucial that we find a way to convince Iran’s leaders that it’s in their best interest to re-engage with the international community. Isolating Iran simply hasn’t worked and has only made the Middle East a more dangerous place for America’s interests and allies. Whether we like it or not, we must find a way to reach a rapprochement with Iran. It’s a rising power in the region that has the potential to create havoc if we don’t communicate with Iran’s leaders and convince them that it’s in their best interests to start playing nice.

The conflict in Syria has been growing and it’s clear that America alone cannot solve this crisis. Unless we communicate and reach some kind of accommodation with all major players in the region-- including Iran-- there is absolutely no way we can solve the crisis that has engulfed Syria and surrounding countries. Whether we like it or not, we have no choice but to communicate with Iran in order to resolve the Syrian conflict. Otherwise, the conflict will spiral out of control and Iran will find ways to fan the flames and destabilize the region. Instead of viewing the re-emergence of Iran as a major threat, the United States should view it as an opportunity to bring greater stability to a region that has been fraught with conflict for decades.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, did not support and voted against the Iran nuclear deal. I’m certain, if given the chance, she will also vote for an unnecessary war against Iran. Walters supported YES on authorizing military force in Iraq (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HJRes114). Walters supported YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date (Resolution on Prevailing in the Global War on Terror; Bill HRES 861). Walters supported NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days (Out of Iraq Caucus bill; Bill H R 2237). Walters supported NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq (The Kucinich Privilege Resolution; Bill H.RES.1258). She did not care what lies were put before us by the Bush administration and did not want them investigated. She feels that our presence in Iraq is part of our war on terror and that we should be there permanently. Walters is and has been out of touch with WE the People. Another great Republican President and World War II hero, by the name of General Eisenhower, warned us that our government is in bed with the military industrial complex. Walters receives contributions to her campaign from the military industrial complex regularly and feels obligated to work for them, instead of WE the PeopleShe is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’s Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Bill sponsored by Barletta, R-PA; Bill H R 1191)
  • NO on approving the nuclear agreement with Iran (Bill sponsored by Boehner, R-OH; Bill H R 3461)
  • YES on suspension of Iran sanctions relief (Bill sponsored by Roskam, R-IL; Bill H R 3460)
  • YES on authorizing military force in Iraq (Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL; Bill HJRes114)
  • YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date (Resolution on Prevailing in the Global War on Terror; Bill HRES 861)
  • NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days (Out of Iraq Caucus bill; Bill H R 2237)
  • NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq (The Kucinich Privilege Resolution; Bill H.RES.1258)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • As President Reagan always said, Trust but Verify the Iran Nuclear Agreement
  • Diplomacy over War in Iran’s case and all other future potential conflicts
  • Remove our troops, as soon as safely possible, in Afghanistan’s case and many other countries we currently occupy
  • Cut unnecessary waste in our military spending
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale