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Sen. Carl Levin Garners 23 Dems for Softer-Toned Iran Talks Letter

How do those “pro-Israel” and presumably pro-American Congressmen think that Iranian uranium is good for peace?
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Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin

Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin

Sen. Carl Levin Garners 23 Dems for Softer-Toned Iran Talks LetteTwenty-three Democratic senators signed a letter to President Obama on the Iran nuclear talks that was cast in less strident terms than a separate letter sent last week.

“As negotiations progress, we expect your administration will continue to keep Congress regularly apprised of the details,” said the letter, spearheaded by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Levin’s letter sent March 22 is a word for word replica of a letter sent last week by an overwhelming number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives, initiated by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House majority leader, and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House minority whip.

Levin had circulated the Cantor-Hoyer letter, saying he preferred it to another letter initiated by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

The Menendez-Graham letter, backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, garnered signatures from 83 senators of both parties, out of the body’s 100 members, and was sent last week.

Levin did not explain why he preferred the Cantor-Hoyer language in his cover letter seeking signatories, but that letter was considerably softer in tone than the Menendez-Graham letter.

The Menendez-Graham letter more definitively described outcomes of the Iran negotiations that “must” be in place while the Cantor-Hoyer and Levin letters instead were “hopeful” of such outcomes. The Cantor-Hoyer and Levin letters were also closer to the position of the Obama administration, explicitly saying that its signatories “do not seek to deny Iran a peaceful nuclear program.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a number of Republicans in Congress say that any deal must end uranium enrichment altogether; Obama administration officials have said that a limited degree of enrichment is the likely outcome of any deal.

The Menendez-Graham letter does not explicitly count out an enrichment capability for Iran, nor does it mention it.

The Senate letter suggests that the body could soon reconsider new sanctions on Iran, a bid also backed by AIPAC that the Obama administration deflected earlier this year.

Of the Levin letter’s 23 signatories, 19 also signed the Menendez-Graham letter, and four were Jewish: Levin, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). AIPAC backed the Cantor-Hoyer letter in the House, but did not back Levin’s version in the Senate.

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7 Responses to “Sen. Carl Levin Garners 23 Dems for Softer-Toned Iran Talks Letter”

  1. Laurie Rigg says:

    Spineless appeasers….

  2. Nellie Kokin says:

    Carl Levin: is nothing BUT A TRAITOR TO ISRAEL AND US !!!! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FED UP; WITH THIS DREK EATER! HE KISS Obama’s TOGUES DAY & NIGHT! BASTARD!

  3. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    The One-State Solution is only peace solution that is based on reality. It takes the solution out of the hands of America and Obama and puts it back into our hands, where is belongs and it returns our political power. This is extremely important due to our immediate discussions and decisions we need to make.

    The Israeli Solution; A One-State Plan For Peace in the Middle East; eBook ISBN 978-0-385-345804-2
    ISBN 978-0-385-34806-5

  4. Alan Kardon says:

    Carl Leven please tell me what we have accomplished so far? I only know that we softened the sanctions and Iran is going ahead with its nuclear program full speed. You, Kerry and Barack Hussein have done nothing positive.

  5. Levin treasures his position and personal future over the fate of the Israeli people and our own.

  6. Zipi Vainstein says:

    The One-State Solution????!!!! You're out of your mind??? For Israel it is a disaster!
    Could not happen. Never, לא יקום ולא יהיה.

  7. Carol Fineblum is right … Carl Levin has always treasured his Senator "badge" and personal future in his Michigan circle of Democrats and the Washington Democrat social circles over the fate of Israel. Thank God he is quitting. Terry Lynn Land our next Senator from Michigan will make you forget Carl Levin and his spineless record.

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