Congressman Al Green's Statement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Sep 11, 2015

On Friday, September 11, 2015, Congressman Al Green released the following statement regarding the Iran Nuclear Agreement:

“We, the United States of America, are a superpower, and although we may not be the glue which holds the world together, we are an indispensable element within that glue.

“As a superpower, our ability to police the world is both expected and demanded. During times of international discord or conflict, ‘Where are the Americans?’ is an immediate refrain. We are expected to pay the price of freedom so that others may be free.

“As we continue to answer the clarion call to help, we owe it to ourselves to appreciate the price of freedom.

“To truly appreciate the price of freedom, one must have been where the killing of war is done and witnessed in a flash: how strong legs are lost, how a baby’s father’s hugging arms are severed, how a mother’s son’s bright eyes are blinded, and how the bodies of the young are maimed forever. For those of us who have not been where the killing of war is done, we should visit a VA Hospital and see the price of freedom. In so doing, one may sadly conclude that freedom’s price is human sacrifice.

“Because policing the world has the horrific price of human life, whether a superpower can or should police the world is not the superlative question.

“The superlative question for a superpower is, ‘Can we bring peace to the world without the sacrifice of human life?’ To this end, can we, the United States of America, a superpower, negotiate with our enemies? Can we, a superpower, trust ourselves enough to negotiate an agreement with an enemy we distrust?

“To the supra, my heart and my head say, ‘Yes, we can!’

“I have said and continue to say that we cannot allow a country that proclaims ‘Death to America’ and calls for the destruction of Israel to have the ultimate death device, a nuclear bomb.

“While I do not believe that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action when properly implemented will bring peace to the world, I do believe world peace is better served with it than without it. It provides Iran, a country we do not trust, an opportunity to be nuclear-weapon-free.

“I do not know what Iran will do. However, because I do know what a superpower is capable of doing if Iran attempts to develop a nuclear weapon, I will vote for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“My love and heartfelt thanks go out to all of my many friends on all sides of this issue for your invaluable input. My very special thanks, gratitude, and love to our military personnel past and present for their willingness to make the supreme sacrifice so that we may have the blessings of life.”