The Iran Deal or Why I Refuse to Sit on Committees

July 16, 2015                               

Earlier this week, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage informed us that a deal with Iran about nuclear containment had finally been penned, accepted by the committee, and was ready for the President’s signature.

Before the ink was dry on the paper, before the “breaking news” report was over on TV and computer, Big People came up to their ever-present microphone to condemn the agreement as dangerous, impossible, worthy of condemnation.

In announcing the agreement the President Barack Obama said: “Today after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said from the White House, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side. Indeed, this was a long-term process.

“This is the good deal that we have sought,” Kerry said at a press conference, adding that “contrary to the assertions of some,” this deal has ‘no sunset’.”

Secretary John Kerry ended his statement in Vienna praising Obama “who had the courage to launch this process, believe in it, support it, encourage it, when many thought the objective was impossible, and who led the way from the start to the finish.”

Passage of the plan was praised by leaders from Great Britain, Iran, Russia, Sweden, and Syria. Early indications from Israel are negative. [CNN’s Nic Robertson reported from Vienna, and Jethro Mullen reported and wrote from Hong Kong. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Schams Elwazer, Richard Allen Greene, Marilia Brocchetto, Brian Walker and Alexander Felton contributed to this report.]

On the other hand, from the U.S. Congress, the following headline appeared in the NYTimes: Republican Lawmakers Vow Fight to Derail Nuclear Deal, By Jonathan Weisman and Julie Hirschfeld Davis (JULY 14, 2015)

Whatever the substance of the agreement, I must interject my complaint about committees, trust, and naysayers. In particular, I wish to call attention to those who do not do the tedious work on a project yet speak quickly against it.

When a high level group is entrusted with engaging in a mission to enable the world to enjoy even a modicum of peace, we might ask – who are they people? And the answer is that these people, representing the six great nations involved, are intelligent, savvy, smart people.

Was the agreement rushed? Twenty months of nearly daily meetings, periods of reflection, conversations with other experts, indicate that this was not a patchwork decision, thrown together by foolish optimists.

And yet, as happens when committees work hard on a massive project, whether it’s in a church trustee meeting or a school board, or the United Nations,  someone will often come in immediately afterward – not having been at those intense meetings, to condemn the whole process. This congressional rep – and others, it seems, vow to fight.

My question is simple: Sir, Madam, Have you read the agreement? Have you yourself taken the time – days, weeks –  to examine every line, every paragraph of this work – the product of great minds – before pronouncing it foolish, dangerous, worthy of immediate condemnation. If you have not, then you have your assignment. READ IT PLEASE.

About @LatelaMary

Author of 14 self-help books, five still available: Prepare Him Room, Ten Steps to Peace, Healing the Abusive Family, Moments for Mothers. Breaking the Boxes: critique of institutions vs. individuals. Work-in-progress: Memoir (Sorting out Secrets)
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