How Congress flubbed the Iran debate

September 11, 2015 5:38 PM

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If I were still a member of Congress, I would vote against the Obama administration's agreement to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a temporary, hoped-for slowdown in the development of Tehran's nuclear capability. My primary concern is that we lack sufficient ability to monitor Iranian compliance. But I accept the outcome; sometimes, your side loses. What I cannot accept with nearly as much equanimity is the disturbing way in which many lawmakers handled one of the most important issues any of them will ever face.

This was a biggie, much more consequential than anything the presidential candidates are talking about and with greater potential ramifications than anything else on the legislative agenda. If any issue required full intellectual engagement with no loyalties other than to rigorous research and serio...

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