Bennet’s “profound” Iran concern is profoundly phony and ridiculous
DENVER–Democratic Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet joined other senators in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern over Iran’s Oct. 11 ballistic missile test fire.
According to Bennet’s press release the letter said:
“We are writing to express our profound concern about Iran’s October 11 ballistic missile test…We urge you to consider unilateral and multilateral responses to this ballistic missile test. We believe calibrated pressure on Iran is appropriate due to its clear non-compliance with UNSCR 1929 and to deter future violations.”
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“Bennet’s delayed concern is phony and disingenuous at best because he ignored all the signs and the writings on the wall on this issue. Coloradans are furious with outrage he supported our lawless president’s nuclear deal with a terroristic, theocratic thug. Calculated letters won’t protect Americans from the Ayatollah and terrorists, so it is worthless. This latest act shows how ridiculous supporters of the deal are, playing politics with real American lives and safety. Instead of writing letters and sponsoring show-bills Bennet should have stood up for his constituents and fought against equipping Iran with nuclear weapons.”
Iran recently test-fired a long-range missile called the “Emad.” The State Department said it would take “appropriate actions” at the United Nations if the move violated U.N. Security Council resolutions, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The New York Times explained, that the missile, “is a step up from Iran’s Shahab-3 missiles because it can be guided toward its target, the Iranian defense minister, Hossein Dehghan, told the semiofficial Fars news agency.”
Additionally, Iran convicted Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on espionage. The decision to convict Rezaian of an unidentified crime is considered by some lawmakers as further proof the landmark international deal is plagued with flaws.
From The Hill:
“In addition to Rezaian, Iran has also imprisoned Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and former Marine Amir Hekmati. CIA contractor Robert Levinson went missing eight years ago, and Iran is believed to have knowledge of his whereabouts.”
Legislation was introduced, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, prohibiting sanctions relief for Iran until it pays the court-ordered damages it owes to victims of terrorism.
Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, has accumulated a debt of $43.5 billion in unpaid damages through more than 80 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) cases over the last 15 years, according to the Congressional Research Service.