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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines seems to have forgotten that diplomacy is what keeps us out of wars.

He rails against the Iran nuclear treaty in a guest column in the Aug. 21 Missoulian, but offers little in the way of alternatives.

Besides being factually inaccurate, his opinion runs counter to those who are experienced in such matters – Brent Scowcroft, for example.

The former national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush says in the Washington Post that this is “an epochal moment that Congress shouldn’t squander.”

He goes on to say that “there is no credible alternative were Congress to prevent U.S. participation in the nuclear deal. If we walk away, we walk away alone.”

On the other hand, Daines seems to think that because Syria, Russia and China think it's a good deal, it must not be.

What Daines fails to mention is that France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the rest of the European Union also support the agreement.

He also says that opposition to the treaty is bipartisan, which is not true, and he trots out the name of one Democratic U.S. senator: Chuck Schumer. Schumer has always been in the pocket of AIPAC, the lobbying arm of the Israeli government, so that doesn’t really count. Only one other Democratic senator is opposed, despite AIPAC spending $1.7 million convincing Congress to scuttle the deal.

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Iran is slowly becoming more moderate, and lifting sanctions can only lead to closer ties to Western powers and increase its ability to counter ISIS in the Middle East. Daines is toeing the Republican Party line which seems to favor more ill-advised wars.

Pete Talbot,

Missoula

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