This past weekend, the United States and other major nations finally spoke with Iran. In 10 hours of talks, Iran agreed to a framework for ensuring that its nuclear program is only used for civilian purposes.
This prospect for peace was immediately denounced by right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and other members of Congress – who may try to block further talks as early as this week.
Tell Congress to allow the talks with Iran to continue.
War is the only option considered by some in Washington, but it is always presented to the public as a last resort. Nothing is more threatening to the war hawks than when a supposedly irrational enemy rationally agrees to discuss peace.
A Senate effort to prevent the talks from even beginning had been blocked by Sen. Rand Paul. Now Congress is coming back with more deadly sanctions, ultimatums, and resolutions requiring war.
But Congresswoman Barbara Lee has a bill with 21 cosponsors that would allow and require talks, end the Obama Administration's policy that forbids U.S. diplomats to have direct contact with Iranian government officials without express prior authorization from the Secretary of State, and prevent any war not legally authorized by Congress.
Tell your Representative to sign onto Barbara Lee's HR 4173, and your Senators to enact the same.
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