Re: Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015 – Strongly Opposed
Dear Senator ______:
Our family is strongly opposed to the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015 (“IPOA”).
IPOA appears to be reckless and against our national interest. It is poorly drafted with counter-productive provisions and ambiguous key phrases such as “offensive security assistance” and “Iran’s grand strategy.” It reads like a lobbyist, such as AIPAC, may have authored it. IPOA appears to be a cynical attempt to increase the likelihood of an armed conflict between the United States and Iran.
IPOA’s title and stated purpose appear to be misleading. While its stated purpose is “to provide for greater congressional oversight of Iran’s nuclear program,” IPOA fails to address Iran’s nuclear program at all and it only addresses Iran’s non-nuclear activities and increased U.S. funding to Israel.
Under IPOA, the President is required to regularly issue a public report on, among other things, a “ten-year strategy to counter conventional and asymmetric Iranian activities and threats in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond” (italics added) and a summary of “objectives, plans, and means for building a regional security architecture capable of and committed to countering Iran’s destabilizing activities.” As set forth in IPOA, the Executive Branch is subject to voluminous public reporting requirements that are poorly categorized, counter-productive and unnecessary.
IPOA’s key purpose appears to be encapsulated in Section 5 (Authorization of Additional Security Assistance to Israel). On account of the Iranian nuclear facilities that are subject to comprehensive oversight under the recently completed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, IPOA authorizes our federal government to provide Israel with “offensive security assistance” in the form of ordnance and delivery systems (that are among the most destructive weaponry that the United States has developed) and to train Israelis to utilize these ordnance and delivery systems. IPOA also authorizes “any additional foreign military financing to Israel in each fiscal year from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2028 as may be needed to address threats from Iran” and requires our federal government’s assistance and cooperation to Israel to deter “threats supported, directly or indirectly, by Iran.”
Section 5 of IPOA is poorly drafted and overbroad. It authorizes any financing by the United States that may be needed to address any threats to Israel from Iran or any threats directly or indirectly supported by Iran. Who determines the presence of a threat? These funds belong to the citizens of the United States. IPOA has a dubious rationale that centers on Iran’s purported “grand strategy” and IPOA authorizes excessive financial and technological transfer from the United States to Israel.
My family and I request that you vote against the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015. IPOA is misguided in intent, reckless in effect, and dangerous to our national interest.