The next few days are crucial for peace and diplomacy with Iran. International negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are still underway in Vienna, with the self-imposed deadline of July 20 fast approaching to reach a deal or to agree to extend the talks. That’s this Sunday.
Tell Congress: Let diplomacy work with Iran!
Diplomacy has a real chance of achieving a historic deal that would prevent a nuclear armed Iran and avert a disastrous war of choice in the Middle East. But some lawmakers like Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—notorious for beating the drums of war—are already declaring the diplomatic talks a failure and working to make that a self-fulfilling prophecy.
That’s where you come in. Last winter, you helped generate over one million actions in support of diplomacy with Iran – and won a huge victory when Congress backed off new sanctions that threatened to kill the talks before they even started. It’s time to do it again. During the next few days, it’s important for Congress to hear strong support from the people they represent for continued diplomacy with Iran in order to stand up to war hawks like McCain and Graham who are trying to micromanage U.S. diplomats’ sensitive negotiations from afar with unrealistic demands that nuclear nonproliferation experts call “deal-killers.”
Please email Congress and explain, “As your constituent, I urge you to support continued diplomacy with Iran. Let diplomacy work with Iran and keep America off the path to war.”
The reality is that any deal was always going to be hard work. (That’s why the temporary framework that the Vienna negotiators are working under has the built-in option to extend the diplomatic talks.) In recognition of that reality, Congress should be persistently working towards a deal with Iran—not pushing unwise proposals like new crippling sanctions that may sound tough but would undermine both America’s long-term interests and peace in the region.
We’ve come too far to let Congress throw the diplomatic talks off course. There’s too much at stake. Tell Congress to let diplomacy work in Iran and keep America off the path to war.