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Reader Opinion: Nolan has it right

Our Rep. Rick Nolan wrote on his website, "The Iran nuclear agreement gives peace and diplomacy a chance. The opposite may be an option we can ill-afford - another war in the Middle East costing us trillions of dollars in treasury - costing us bl...

Our Rep. Rick Nolan wrote on his website, "The Iran nuclear agreement gives peace and diplomacy a chance. The opposite may be an option we can ill-afford - another war in the Middle East costing us trillions of dollars in treasury - costing us blood, and creating the prospect of a conflagration that is unimaginable and unacceptable. Diplomacy first deserves a chance." I agree with Rep. Nolan and thank him because I believe this is a strong a deal. Joseph Cirincione of Georgetown University, an expert in nuclear non-proliferation, stated on C-Span in a Crisis Group Panel discussion Sept. 8, "This is the strongest non-proliferation agreement I've ever seen." The truth is that the leading experts studying nuclear non-proliferation overwhelmingly support this deal because of the cuts it makes to Iran's nuclear program and the fact that we still have a military option if they don't comply.

Once I saw our former treacherous Vice President Cheney and his old cronies tearing down the Iran deal I knew we needed this agreement. Remember the Iraq war propaganda he sold? A Pew Research poll by Lee Feinstein, Oct. 10, 2002, stated, "roughly six in ten (62 percent) currently favor military action against Iraq; eight in ten Americans believe Iraq already possesses nuclear weapons or could soon obtain them." Along with the widespread belief Saddam and Iraq was responsible for 9/11. We were misled. We can no longer afford this war first mentality. Congressman Nolan has it right, "Diplomacy first deserves a chance."

Ginger (Virginia) Pendo

Aitkin

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