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Stand up for the proposition that we won't let any allies, just because they're an ally, kill, with impunity, a journalist — something that we cherish under our Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the freedom of expression under the First Amendment. And stand up for the proposition that we won't let our bombs fall upon innocent civilians and have the moral responsibility which will be a blemish on our history for years to come.
Today's bombing, which took place in a Syrian city patrolled by The US forces, is a stark reminder that the Trump Administration needs a clearly developed and articulated strategy to secure the gains we have made in the fight against terror that includes those on the frontlines of this ongoing fight as well as our diplomatic and development corps, the United States must do more to work with our allies to develop a comprehensive approach that secures our long-term interests in the region.
I remind you that the American public has a right to insist that the sales of U.S. weapons to foreign governments - especially those of this magnitude and lethality – are consistent with U.S. values and national security objectives, the Congress, as the direct representative of the American public, is charged with exercising effective oversight of such sales.
These entities who are our allies must understand that under U.S. law ... the purchases of such systems ultimately are sanctionable and we will press very hard on the question of pursuing those sanctions should they choose to do so, and I hope you'll communicate that in your role, absolutely, senator.
With its announcement today, the (International Atomic Energy Agency) confirmed they could not determine the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program -- except to assess that, contrary to its claims, Iran was working at certain points to weaponize its nuclear program, with little known about Iran's true intent, we find ourselves today opening a floodgate of frozen assets to a regime that is bent on opposing our interests.
If diplomats can negotiate for two-years on this issue, then certainly Congress is entitled to a review period of an agreement that will fundamentally alter our relationship with Iran and the sanctions imposed by Congress, the best outcome remains a good deal that ends Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program. That requires a strong, united, and bipartisan approach from the administration and Congress.
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