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New Report: Iran Nuclear Deal Threatens U.S. Interests and Increases Probability of Military Conflict

Former U.S. Military Officials Launch Educational Campaign

Washington, D.C.—The Iran Strategy Council is launching an aggressive national campaign to educate Americans regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal. In its new report titled, Assessment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan, the JINSA-commissioned Council concludes that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will not only fail to peacefully prevent a nuclear Iran—but it will threaten vital American interests while increasing the probability of military conflict as the agreement sunsets.

“We assess that The JCPOA will enable Iran to increase support for terrorist and insurgent proxies, aggravate sectarian conflict and trigger both nuclear and conventional proliferation cascades,” the Iran Strategy Council Report concludes. “It will provide the expansionist regime in Tehran with access to resources, technology and international arms markets required to bolster offensive military capabilities in the vital Persian Gulf region, acquire long-range ballistic missiles and develop other major weapons systems.”

"Implementing JCPOA will have significant strategic consequences for our interests and allies in the region. It is imperative that policymakers understand these and being planning for how to address them now. Our group of retired senior military leaders has sought to provide an objective analysis of the deal's impact and what that might mean for U.S. policy,” said Retired General James Conway, former Commandant of the Marine Corps and Retired Air Force General Chuck Wald, former Deputy Commander of the U.S. European Command.

“Contrary to the false choice between support for the JCPOA and military confrontation, the agreement increases both the probability and danger of hostilities with Iran,” the report notes. “Given the deleterious strategic consequences to the United States, implementation of the JCPOA will demand increased political and military engagement in the Middle East that carries significantly greater risks and costs relative to current planning assumptions.”

The Iran Strategy Council is an organization of former top senior military senior officials and defense analysts with the mission of educating audiences on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and how it will make the United States and its allies less safe and war with Iran and its proxies more likely. The Council will address the likelihood of a nuclear arms race, strengthening terrorist networks such as Hamas and Hezbollah, increasing the chances of proxy wars, the U.S. needs for enhanced missile defense technology in response to Iran’s permissible ICBM research, and how much would the U.S. military have to increase its land-based and naval presence in the region – at a time when legally mandated budget cuts to the U.S. military are already reducing America’s security capabilities.

Members of the Iran Strategy Council Include: General James Conway, USMC (ret.) served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps; Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USN (ret.) was formerly the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa; General Lou Wagner, USA (ret.) was formerly the Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command; General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.) was formerly the Deputy Commander of United States European Command (EUCOM); Vice Admiral John Bird, USN (ret.) was formerly the Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, with an area of responsibility of more than 48 million square miles including 36 maritime countries; Lieutenant General David Deptula, USAF (ret.) was formerly the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, U.S. Air Force Headquarters; and Major General Lawrence Stutzriem, USAF (ret.) was formerly the Director, Plans, Policy, and Strategy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command where he led a dynamic team that achieved historic breakthroughs in Theater Security Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere and the first Arctic defense strategy.

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