Say Something Nice or Nothing at All

Publication Date: 
September 2015
U.S. News and World Report
Nuclear Past, Present and Future Project
Security Cooperation with Iran: Challenges and Opportunities
The Program for Public Consultation
Document Type: 
Articles and Op-Eds
The old adage, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all," fits Congress' review of the nuclear agreement with Iran, for reasons related more to security and democracy than civility. Given that Congress is highly unlikely to approve the accord, then taking no action – through the filibuster by Democrats in the Senate and a possible outcome of division among Republicans in the House – would be more responsible for national security and more responsive to public opinion than voting against the deal. Congress has until Sept. 17 to review the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and approve it, reject it or take no action. All Republicans and most Democrats in Congress agreed with the Obama administration on Congressional review by these rules, in part because they thought the American people should have a voice in such an important policy decision. What do the American people want Congress to do? Read the full article.