Coats Notes: Defense Secretary Nominee, Iran Update

Senator Dan Coats
2014-12-05 17:51:34
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Defense Secretary Nominee, Iran Update <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15817.18025323.5575029.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dfSKalwyRIa0%26amp%3blist%3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOY w> Click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15817.18025323.5575029.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dfSKalwyRIa0%26amp%3blist%3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOY w> or on the image above to watch me disuss the nomination of Dr. Ash Carter for Secretary of Defense. Today, President Obama nominated Dr. Ash Carter to succeed Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. As former Assistant Secretary of Defense, I believe he understands the inner workings of the Pentagon and the demanding requirements of this important national security position. Should Dr. Carter take over the helm at the Defense Department, it would coincide with an ominous development of a national security issue that he and I have dealt with together in the past - the growing danger that Iran will soon be able to develop nuclear weapons and the inability of prolonged negotiations with Iran to prevent that from happening. In 2008, Dr. Carter and I participated in co-authoring a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center entitled, Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy toward Iranian Nuclear Development. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15817.18025323.5575029.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fbipartisa npolicy.org%2fwp-content%2fuploads%2fsites%2fdefault%2ffiles%2fus%2520po licy%2520toward%2520iranian%2520nuclear%2520development.pdf> In that report we acknowledged that Iran's nuclear program would pose "the most significant strategic threat to the United States during the next Administration." Now, more than six years later, after prolonged negotiations and yet another extension of talks without achieving the stated goal of ending that regime's quest for nuclear weapons capability, it is time to reassess where we are. President Obama is not only ignoring the clear and present danger posed by Iranian ambitions, he is abetting those ambitions by surrendering key positions first and then pursuing negotiations that confirm our weakness. Any settlement of issues regarding Iran's nuclear program is of paramount importance to the security of the American people and the world. Any proposed agreement requires thorough review and deliberation by Congress. An agreement on an issue of such vast significance requires a bipartisan, bicameral consensus and mutual support and agreement by both the executive and legislative branches of our government. The consequences of a nuclear weapons-capable Iran are not tolerable, not acceptable, and must motivate the most powerful and effective efforts possible to prevent it from happening. _____ Challenging Obama's Immigration Order As the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I support the action taken this week by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to join 16 other states in filing a lawsuit to block President Obama's recent executive action granting legal status to millions illegally in the United States. The president's executive action on immigration well exceeded his Constitutional authority. As a former constitutional law professor, President Obama should understand his role to faithfully execute the law, not create, alter or ignore it as he sees fit. I am hopeful that the legal challenge filed by Indiana and partnering states will be successful. 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Defense Secretary Nominee, Iran Update
 
 
Click here or on the image above to watch me disuss the nomination of Dr. Ash Carter for Secretary of Defense.
 
Today, President Obama nominated Dr. Ash Carter to succeed Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. As former Assistant Secretary of Defense, I believe he understands the inner workings of the Pentagon and the demanding requirements of this important national security position. 

Should Dr. Carter take over the helm at the Defense Department, it would coincide with an ominous development of a national security issue that he and I have dealt with together in the past – the growing danger that Iran will soon be able to develop nuclear weapons and the inability of prolonged negotiations with Iran to prevent that from happening.

In 2008, Dr. Carter and I participated in co-authoring a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center entitled,  In that report we acknowledged that Iran’s nuclear program would pose “the most significant strategic threat to the United States during the next Administration.”
 
Now, more than six years later, after prolonged negotiations and yet another extension of talks without achieving the stated goal of ending that regime’s quest for nuclear weapons capability, it is time to reassess where we are.

President Obama is not only ignoring the clear and present danger posed by Iranian ambitions, he is abetting those ambitions by surrendering key positions first and then pursuing negotiations that confirm our weakness.

Any settlement of issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program is of paramount importance to the security of the American people and the world. Any proposed agreement requires thorough review and deliberation by Congress.

An agreement on an issue of such vast significance requires a bipartisan, bicameral consensus and mutual support and agreement by both the executive and legislative branches of our government. The consequences of a nuclear weapons-capable Iran are not tolerable, not acceptable, and must motivate the most powerful and effective efforts possible to prevent it from happening.

 

Coats in the News

Wall Street Journal: Republicans Call for Re-Examination of U.S. National Security Policy

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Hagel's ouster laid on Obama 

Associated Press: Sen. Coats responds to high court's decision to review EPA mercury limits

Elkhart Truth: Elkhart County leaders blast Obama for taking unilateral action on immigration, bypassing Congress    


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