Secretary of State John Kerry pitched the administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran before a skeptical House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, pushing back against the allegation it would ease crippling sanctions forever in exchange for temporary concessions on weapons development.Whoever this Levin is, he's not a supporter of Israel as far as I'm concerned if he just goes along and backs the administration despite what Kerry's admitted, as though he thinks it'll give him legitimacy.
"Iran has cheated on every agreement they've signed," said Rep. Ed Royce, the panel's chairman. With Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew waiting to testify, he asked if Tehran "has earned the right to be trusted" given its history.
Across hours in the witness chair, Kerry said "nothing in this deal is built on trust. Nothing."
He said that under the deal, Iran is "permanently banned" from developing a nuclear weapon, and many of the restrictions imposed would be in place "not just for 15 or 20 years, but for the lifetime" of its nuclear program.
As a result, he said, the United States will be able to "verifiably ensure" the nuclear program remains peaceful.
Kerry spoke as the administration picked up support for the deal from Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., a strong supporter of Israel who referred to his Jewish background in announcing his decision.
"I believe that Israel, the region and the world are far more secure if Iran does not move toward possession of a nuclear weapon," he said.
To make matters worse, Kerry's even indicated they might be willing to defend Iran from Israel's right to defend itself. The good news, depending on your view, is that he'll be skipping Israel on his next trip to the region. That's okay, because men who turn their backs on serious issues and act like nothing's wrong are not people we need to see around here.