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ACTION ALERT: Thank the White House; Support Diplomacy as an Alternative to War


July 15, 2015
Michael Langenmayr / Daily Kos & MoveOn.org & Left Action & Vote Vets

The United States and other world powers have reached a deal with Iran that will peacefully and dramatically curb Iran's nuclear program. This is nothing short of a stunning victory for diplomacy and a repudiation of the neoconservative worldview that war in the Middle East is the only way. Thank President Obama, John Kerry, the negotiating team and our international partners for choosing the power of diplomacy over the reckless recourse to war.

Special to Environmentalist Against War

WASHINGTON, DC (July 15, 2015) -- The United States and other world powers have reached a deal with Iran that will peacefully and dramatically curb Iran's nuclear program. This is nothing short of a stunning victory for diplomacy and a repudiation of the neoconservative worldview that war in the Middle East is the only way.

Republican war hawks have already denounced the deal. We need Democrats to rally to the president's side to stop Republicans from killing this deal and putting us back on the path to confrontation and war.

ACTION: Sign the petition to Democrats: Defend the Iran deal and stop Republicans from starting a war with Iran.

Republicans tried for months to sabotage President Obama's negotiations with Iran. GOP leaders tried and failed to pass a bill that would have effectively killed any deal that was reached. Sen. Tom Cotton organized 47 of his colleagues to sign an open letter to Tehran to stop a deal before negotiations were even finished -- an unprecedented move that caused intense backlash outrage.

This will be GOP war hawks' last chance to stop this deal. President Obama can veto any roadblocks that Republicans in Congress put up and those vetoes will stand as long as Democrats stand with the president. That's why we need to make sure Democrats stand with the president on this.



President Obama: Thank You for Pursuing Peace with Iran
MoveOn

WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2015) -- President Obama just announced that the US, Iran, and the international community have reached a historic agreement to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon -- potentially setting us on a path to ending decades of hostility.

This is a huge deal. It still has to be reviewed by Congress -- and over the next 60 days, we're going to have to campaign really hard to make sure the Senate and House don't squander this chance.

But for right now, it's worth celebrating what a historic achievement this is for diplomacy. And we can be thankful that our president is working to avoid another massively destructive and costly US war in the Middle East.

President Obama promised "aggressive personal diplomacy" with Iran when he campaigned for president in the 2008 primary and general election. MoveOn members rallied to his side at the time and throughout this diplomatic process.

Now that he's shown that diplomacy can work, we need to show that the American people stand with him and will do everything in their power to give this agreement a chance to succeed and become a model for resolving other conflicts. But with opponents of diplomacy about to go all out to stop this, we have to be out there right away, visibly and loudly.

ACTION: Sign the petition thanking President Obama for pursuing peace -- and send a message that peace, not war, should be our goal.

We've all seen presidents drag us into war. It's not every day we see one help the country steer clear of one. It makes me glad and proud that we have a president who truly gives peace a chance.

We don't always agree with everything President Obama does -- on foreign policy or otherwise -- but here he deserves credit. Especially because he'll take significant heat for it -- from super-hawks like Tom Cotton, the senator who memorably spearheaded an open letter to the leaders of Iran telling them not to trust our own State Department or president; from Fox News; and even from folks who should know better, including some Senate Democrats.




TELL REPUBLICANS:
Don't Start a War with Iran

Left Action

(July 14, 2015) -- President Obama's historic deal with Iran to curb that nation's nuclear program will ease tensions and avoid another unnecessary war. But Republicans are launching an all-out offensive to kill the deal.

 Sign your name: Tell Republicans to stop pushing us into another disastrous war!

President Obama is working to stop another costly war in the Middle East, and his efforts are yielding real results. The United States, Iran and five other world powers announced a historic deal to dramatically curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing international sanctions on Iran.

But Republicans are already trying their hardest to kill this deal. They would rather start another costly, disastrous war than give peace a chance.

This deal could be one of the most important foreign policy achievements of our lifetime. We need to make sure Republicans don’t sabotage it.

We can build an impenetrable firewall in Congress to prevent Republicans from passing any legislation to kill the deal and putting us back on the path to confrontation and war -- but we need you to take action to do it.

ACTION: SIGN YOUR NAME:
Support the nuclear deal and say NO to war with Iran.Sign the petition to defend the nuclear deal and stop Republicans from starting a war with Iran:
http://www.stopwarwithiran.com/



Tell Congress:
Support the Tough Deal with Iran Struck by Our Negotiators

Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton / Vote Vets.org

Late last night, our partner nations in the P5+1 reached an agreement that represents our best chance to prevent a nuclear Iran.

This was a tough but fair negotiation, and the choice before Congress is stark and it is clear: either support this nuclear deal with Iran, or there will be war.

Iran is on the brink of producing a nuclear warhead, and if they are not made to roll back their program peacefully, the only alternative is the full force of the US military. And even then, we would not end Iran's nuclear ambitions. We would merely delay, but guarantee, the rise of a nuclear Iranian state.

Tell Congress: The best way to separate Iran from any nuclear ambitions is to keep the U.S. military out of another war and support the tough deal struck by our negotiators.

This is the most important foreign policy decision facing our Congress since we decided to go into Iraq. People who root for this deal to fail have not thought through the alternatives. We will limit Iran's program diplomatically, or there will be war.

ACTION:Thank you for adding your name in support of a diplomacy-first approach with Iran.


Iran Nuclear Deal is Reached with World Powers
Michael R. Gordon and David E. Sanger / The New York Times

(July 14, 2015) -- VIENNA -- Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States reached a historic accord on Tuesday to significantly limit Tehran's nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.

The deal culminates 20 months of negotiations on an agreement that President Obama had long sought as the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency. Whether it portends a new relationship between the United States and Iran -- after decades of coups, hostage-taking, terrorism and sanctions -- remains a bigger question.

Mr. Obama, in an early morning appearance at the White House that was broadcast live in Iran, began what promised to be an arduous effort to sell the deal to Congress and the American public, saying the agreement is "not built on trust -- it is built on verification."

He made it abundantly clear he would fight to preserve the deal from critics in Congress who are beginning a 60-day review, declaring, "I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal."

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