Valerie Plame Calls Out Hypocrisy Over Response To Iran Deal

The former CIA officer tells HuffPost Live why she supports the proposal.

Former CIA covert operations officer Valerie Plame, who has been a vocal supporter of the Iran nuclear deal, sees some hypocrisy in the outcry against the proposition, she told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. 

While President Reagan was revered for his work with the first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which was later signed by President George W. Bush, the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran have been much more controversial, Plame pointed out.   

"When President Ronald Reagan negotiated some significant arms reduction deals with the then-Soviet Union, he was considered a real hero, someone who was advocating for peace," Plame told host Alyona Minkovski. "Now when we have President Obama leading the administration push to have this deal go through Congress, he's labeled with the [Neville] Chamberlain 'giving in' label."

Plame heralded the nuclear deal as an opportunity to bring Iran back into the international community and pushed back against some of the criticism of the deal.

"Those that are also opposed also talk about, 'Oh, there's only 10 or 15 years until the Iranians are allowed to build a nuclear weapon.' So many things can happen," she said. "The Middle East is incredibly volatile, and so we need to take this moment [to] tell our elected officials we want peace and we want to have this deal go through."

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