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Bridget Johnson


December 3, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry will appear before Congress next week to answer questions about the nuclear deal forged with Iran in Geneva.

Kerry has agreed to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Dec. 10, where he’ll face members highly skeptical over the six-month agreement. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have noted that it doesn’t stop uranium enrichment or halt production of centrifuges, and doesn’t allow for unannounced inspections of its facilities.

Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), among the critics of the deal, authored the bipartisan Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which overwhelmingly passed the House in July.

“I continue to have serious concerns that the agreement the Obama administration negotiated does not meet the standards necessary to protect the United States and our allies,” Royce said. “The deal does not roll back Iran’s nuclear program, but instead allows Tehran to keep in place the key elements of its nuclear weapons-making capability.”

“Under the agreement, the international community relieves the sanctions pressure on Iran while its centrifuges continue to enrich uranium,” he said. “This hearing will be an opportunity for committee members of both parties to press Secretary Kerry to explain why the Obama administration believes this sanctions-easing agreement is the right course.”

The House returned from Thanksgiving this week, while the Senate returns next week. A new piece of sanctions legislation is expected to surface in the upper chamber, forged by a bipartisan group of 14 senators wary of the Iran deal.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Is he going to grow his hair, wear jungle fatigues and speak with a ridiculous accent when he testifies?
1 year ago
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Been there, done that. RECENTLY.

But then it was called Benghazi and Hillary Clinton was the star of the show.

And before that with another Congress a "Congressional investigating Committee" showed its mettle during the Advent to the Millenium for the "impeachment" of WJ Clinton. Now the "Pillar" and "respected elder statesman" of the "Democrat Party" hierarchy and minions.

Those Clintons just won't leave the stage! Models for others to learn their skills at the feet of the masters to get what they have. The masters of transformation of self and everything they touch in whatever game they're playing.

And they ain't telling except via their behaviours. As in ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. It requires however that we listen to and understand their actions.

And how their claques in Congress, intra and extra government applaud their performances. However kack handed always a HIT, a veritable hit.

Then again John Kerry had his own late moment of glory as candidate for the Office of President for the "Transformative" Party aka democratic.. Still hnakering?

Congess "investigating" the decisions and acctions based on those "decisions" by the star players. And what are the histories and competencies of the "investigators"? Is this a comedy or what?

Ain't showbiz grand?
1 year ago
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He will just mumble his way through a bunch of state dept. bs. A total waste of time!
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