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Does The Democratic Party Risk Its Future On Iran Deal
Republican members of Congress have not been shy in expressing their concerns about the deal the Obama administration inked on Iran’s nuclear program, but Marty Peretz, Editor-in-chief of The New Republic from 1974 to 2013 and a board member of The Israel Project, contends Democrats risk the party’s legitimacy by falling in line behind the White House.

Peretz is upfront in his criticism of the administration’s foreign policy when he alleges it has done little to achieve a balance of power in the Middle East, in particular in terms of Iran where the US has “not required nor even apparently requested any change of Iranian behavior in the region, so the mullahs and their gunmen continue energetically disrupting the status quo, from Yemen to Lebanon, from Gaza to Bahrain.”

He says Democrats in Congress should not hesitate to oppose the Iran deal and argues for a reevaluation and renegotiation of the agreement.

“[T]here is no reason Congress cannot exercise its constitutional prerogative and send the administration back to the table with some improvements. For starters: Cancel the automatic removal of the conventional arms embargo in five years and the ballistic-missile ban in eight years and link them to a future vote in Congress, which will depend crucially on concrete Iranian behavior; release immediately all American hostages held in Iran; insist that Iran come clean immediately about prior illegal military nuclear activities,” he writes.

In terms of the political consequences, Peretz, a registered Democrat, stresses that while the Bush administration erred in terms of invading Iraq, Democrats have been imbued with “a dangerous sense of their own freedom: Americans may oppose aggression without strategy,” and goes on to note that “history has shown that they also oppose idealism without strength and pragmatism without principle.”

The Vast Infrastructure Supporting US-Mexico Drug Trade
Monte Reel of the New Yorker digs deep into the complex infrastructure that supports the US-Mexico drug trade and unearths a vast network of almost 200  passages between the U.S.-Mexican border.

He also examines some of the recent investigations that have shed light on how these so-called supertunnels came to pass and how they have impacted the international drug trade.

Interview: Improving Foreign Aid
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, discusses humanitarian aid around the world with Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose.

His recent article on “Improving Humanitarian Aid.”

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