1557 Cottage Lane, Towson, MD 21286
March 16, 2021
Representative Dutch Ruppersberger
375 Padonia Road
Timonium, MD 21093
We were shocked to see that you signed on to a letter organized by Rep. Anthony Brown's undermining President Biden’s attempts at diplomacy with Iran. It’s bad enough that President Biden and Secretary Blinken are already taking too long to rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA). This letter was signed by 70 Republicans.
Maryland Peace Action, CODEPINK, the Baltimore Nonviolence Center and others are baffled that Rep. Brown would organize a letter which 70 Republicans would sign. Not one Republican voted for COVID-19 relief, and many refused to certify that Biden was elected president. This letter urged the Biden administration to take a “comprehensive approach” to Iran, rather than a direct revival of the JCPOA. Let’s be clear: a “comprehensive approach” is a non-starter. It is code for continuing Trump’s march toward war with Iran.
One of the Republican signers of Brown’s letter was Mike Garcia. Below is a press release sent out by Garcia on February 4. It makes clear that he sides with Trump regarding the Iran Deal.
MIKE GARCIA: ‘THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL HAS BEEN A FAILURE SINCE DAY ONE’
Sends Letter to President Biden Urging Him Not to Re-Enter Iran Nuclear Deal
JCPOA was originally adopted during the Obama Administration in 2015, President Trump withdrew the United States from the JCPOA in 2018. During his presidential campaign, Biden indicated he would rejoin the agreement.
In addition, Democrat Bob Menendez, the new chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a frequent keynote speaker at policy summits of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and a long-time opponent of the Iran deal, has joined with Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, perhaps Trump’s closest confidant and adviser in the Senate, to organize a similar letter in the Senate; this letter sets up impossible standards, making diplomacy impossible and derailing the Iran deal—Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement.
The war drums are beating in D.C. We do not want our government to go to a war with Iran. We will continue to protest U.S. bellicosity, and want you to apologize for signing a letter supported by Trump-influenced Republicans.
Kagiso, Janice Sevre-Duszynska