Top Military Leaders Say Iran Deal Makes War More Likely
In a report by the Iran Strategy Council, commissioned by the Jewish Institute of National Security and made up of numerous top retired military leaders, concludes that the nuclear deal with Iran makes war more likely, not less likely.
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The report states that the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):
“Will enable Iran to increase support for terrorist and insurgent proxies, aggravate sectarian conflict and trigger both nuclear and conventional proliferation cascades.”
“Contrary to the false choice between support for the JCPOA and military confrontation, the agreement increases both the probability and danger of hostilities with Iran. Given the deleterious strategic consequences to the United States, implementation of the JCPOA will demand increased political and military engagement in the Middle East that carries significantly greater risks and costs relative to current planning assumptions.”
The council was made up of leading figures such as:
- Gen. James Conway, former Commandant of the Marine Corps
- Retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald, former Deputy Commander of the United States European Command
- Retired Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, former Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe/Africa
- Retired Vice Adm. John Bird, former Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet
From the Washington Times:
A group of former top military officials and intelligence analysts released a new report Wednesday concluding that the nuclear deal with Iran will threaten American interests and increase the probability of military conflict in the Middle East.
In its report, the Iran Strategy Council wrote that the nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), “will enable Iran to increase support for terrorist and insurgent proxies, aggravate sectarian conflict and trigger both nuclear and conventional proliferation cascades.”