FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2014
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UANI Calls on White House to Stop Inappropriate and Partisan Attacks on Supporters of Iran Sanctions
"It is Nonsensical and Out Of Bounds to Say that a Bipartisan Majority of U.S. Senators Secretly Wants War with Iran"
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement today regarding the White House's continued characterization of those who support new Iran sanctions as dishonest warmongers:
It is wrong for the White House to continue questioning the integrity and motives of anyone who supports more sanctions on Iran. It is nonsensical and out of bounds to say that a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators secretly wants war with Iran.
Sanctions are a non-violent policy tool used to avoid war. It was, after all, President Obama himself who, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, described sanctions as "alternatives to violence" that must be "tough enough to actually change behavior."
Given that Iran has not stopped its industrial-scale nuclear enrichment activities, current sanctions have obviously NOT been "tough enough to actually change behavior." It is therefore more than reasonable for one to posit that further sanctions--with delayed implementation, humanitarian carve-outs, reversibility, and broad discretionary and waiver authority for the President by the way--are in order, and it is certainly not a scheme to start a war.
This is not a political campaign, but a serious foreign policy matter that will affect U.S. and international security for decades. The White House should stop impugning the character of those it disagrees with, and instead address the serious threat posed by Iran's ongoing nuclear program.