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What the President and the DNI have said is that the President was not briefed, which to me is a very concerning statement, i don't know the credibility of the information because I have not been briefed, but anything with any hint of credibility that would endanger our service members, much less put a bounty on their lives, to me should have been briefed immediately to the commander-in-chief and a plan to deal with that situation.
Iran got most of the benefit upfront with relief of sanctions and a plane load of cash that President Obama sent over there. So we've lost a lot of our leverage, but the key question is: OK, now we are where we are. What happens next if the U.S. pulls out? Does Iran kick those inspectors out so that we lose what visibility we have there?
I believe that it would be appropriate for him to ask for the DOD Inspector General's assessment that no classified material was transmitted over unsecured channels, it would be prudent for this assessment to extend to Secretary Carter time as Deputy Secretary of Defense as well. Congress should be briefed on the results. Secretary Carter, speaking with reporters during a visit to Iraq, acknowledged Secretary Carter was warned by a lot of people and called the practice a mistake.
There's a lot more work for Congress to do, we'll be holding hearings and other events to examine the military implications, including whether other countries will be encouraged to develop their own nuclear capability in order to keep up with what Iran is allowed to do under this agreement. And whether there is an increased threat to U.S. servicemembers.
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