A new group called Veterans Against the Deal has produced its first video criticizing President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, featuring medically-retired Staff Sgt. Robert Bartlett.
“Every politician who is involved in this will be held accountable, they will have blood on their hands,” said Bartlett in the video, after telling the story of how an Iranian bomb killed his comrades and wounded him seriously. “A vote for this deal means more money for Iranian terrorism,” he said succinctly. “What do you think they are going to do when they get more money?”
“They had kidnapped little kids from neighboring villages, and put bullets in their heads, killed them in front of the other villagers and said, ‘We’re gonna run our bombs out of here.’ That’s who we’re making a deal with,” Bartlett recalled of the Iranians, who will now be awarded with $150 billion in sanctions relief and be placed solidly on the path to nuclear weapons.
Josh Rogin, writing for Bloomberg News, noted that this first ad from Veterans Against the Deal was supposed to run in Montana, a fact that explains why Democrat Sen. John Tester is seen at the end. More ads are planned for other states, including North Dakota and West Virginia, and veterans from the group will speak at public events.
“Our main argument is that veterans know Iran better than Washington, D.C., does. You’ve got a lot of veterans out there who are pretty upset about this, so we are looking to capture their voices and make sure they are heard,” Veterans Against the Deal Executive Firector Michael Pregent told Rogin.
Pregent is a former intelligence adviser to Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno who served in Iraq.
Meanwhile, three dozen retired generals and admirals released an open letter Tuesday supporting the Iran nuclear deal and urging Congress to do the same, reported The Washington Post.
Calling the agreement “the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” the letter said that gaining international support for military action against Iran, should that ever become necessary, “would only be possible if we have first given the diplomatic path a chance.”