It's been two weeks since a majority of Congress sought to register its disapproval of the Iran deal but fell short of the votes necessary to break a filibuster or override a presidential veto, and most politicians and commentators have moved on. It's understandable to want a mental break after a long and hard-fought struggle. But the world hasn't taken a break. The consequences of the deal are already reverberating.
As the parties now begin implementing the JCPA, and Congress decides whether to disapprove the agreement, it is both useful and necessary to highlight critical deficiencies that remain unaddressed. This short briefing paper, based on the Task Force's body of work, focuses on the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.
On September 9, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cited the new JINSA-commissioned Iran Strategy Council Report on the floor of the Senate during a speech about the Iran deal.
The Iran debate remains in flux but its fundamentals have not changed. Some members of Congress want to filibuster, and some believe the debate must continue because the Obama administration has not met the terms of existing law by failing to provide all the necessary documentation. There is yet another set of lawmakers who support the deal with the hope that they can improve upon it after it is implemented. However Congress resolves these challenges, legislators must recognize this inescapable fact: the deal's flaws can't be materially ameliorated; they are deeply rooted in the agreement's structure. To 'fix' the deal, Congress must reject it and force a fundamental renegotiation.