Implications of the Iran Nuclear Agreement for U.S. Policy in the Middle East, Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 3, 2015   [open pdf - 306KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the June 3, 2015 hearing "Implications of the Iran Nuclear Agreement for U.S. Policy in the Middle East," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Bob Corker: "Against a backdrop of unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East, the administration is negotiating a nuclear agreement with the arch rival of many of our closest allies. Instead of reassuring our traditional allies that the United States will remain a friend, some would say that the administration has implemented a string of incoherent and self-defeating policies. […] As Iran deepens its influence in capitals from Baghdad to Damascus to Beirut and Sana'a, the perspective of many in the region is that the United States is Assad's air force in Syria and Iran's air force in Iraq. I will say, I was in Iraq recently and it really did feel like, while I support what we're doing with the 3,100 personnel we have there, it really felt like what we were doing is helping create a better country for Iran in Iraq. Even though, again, I support what is happening there, it feels very much that way with their infiltration into the parliament and their tremendous efforts on the ground. As we begin to look at how to evaluate a prospective nuclear agreement, we cannot ignore that the lack of coherent American leadership in the region has left a vacuum that will continue to be filled by violence. Without defined, committed engagement to counter Iranian regional aggression and to support our partners, the need for American involvement will continue to grow as conditions deteriorate. In your testimony today, I hope you will touch on what I see as some of the puzzling claims from the administration about what an agreement with Iran would mean for the region." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James Jeffrey and Martin Indyk.

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