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  • How to Ignore Obama’s Straw Men and Override the Terrible Iran Deal
    Posted in Jim's Blog on July 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Barack Obama knows that his Iran deal will be a tough sell with Congress. Since the Obama administration clearly abandoned its original negotiating red lines, expect the administration to rely on three straw-man arguments to win over skeptics on Capitol Hill. 1. “No deal inevitably leads to war.” In his post-deal press conference, President Obama stated: “Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation, or it’s resolved through force, through ... Read more

  • U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine: Iran nuclear deal is a failure
    Posted in Jim's Blog on July 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Last month, I outlined the five basic requirements underpinning a good deal with Iran. A good deal would prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability and deter further proliferation across the Middle East. Unfortunately, the United States and its negotiating partners squandered substantial leverage and produced an absolute failure. The deal agreed to by the Obama administration fails on all counts: 1. Conditional and staged sanctions relief: Congressional sanctions put Iran’s economy o... Read more

  • Necessary Conditions for an Iran Deal
    Posted in Jim's Blog on June 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Decades ago, Henry Kissinger asked if Iran’s leaders wanted their country to be “a nation or a cause” — a normal “nation” which contributes to regional stability or a “cause” which sets the Middle East on fire. The mullahs in Tehran are soon to give answer to Kissinger’s question, although expectations are that Tuesday’s negotiations deadline will be missed. Congressional sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table after years of delay, obfuscation and outright lies. Congress will review any... Read more

  • U.S. to Fund Russian Nuclear Security Despite Ukraine Sanctions
    Posted in In The News on May 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Foreign Policy

    The Energy Department plans to spend more than $60 million in Russia for nuclear security activities at the same time U.S. and European Union sanctions are punishing Moscow for aggression against Ukraine. The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is in charge of nuclear arms and nuclear security, has budgeted the funds to be spent this year through an international organization called the Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Program in Russia (MNEPR), a little-... Read more

  • $286m David’s Sling funding bill introduced in House of Representatives
    Posted in In The News on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Washington - Bipartisan legislation to continue funding for the joint US-Israel air defense system known as David’s Sling was introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill introduced Tuesday by Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., would authorize $286 million for procurement, research and development for the midrange missile defense system, which is designed to take down missiles from more than 180 miles away. David’s Sling supplements the Iron Dome anti-missile syst... Read more

  • Congressman Bridenstine’s Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech
    Posted in Jim's Blog on March 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Congressman Bridenstine’s statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress: Prime Minister Netanyahu highlighted two key reasons that the pending “deal” with Iran is problematic: 1. It permits Iran to retain a uranium enrichment and industrial nuclear capability. 2. It expires in about 10 years. After the deal’s expiration, Iran will be able to walk into the nuclear club. Iran exports terrorism around the world, destabilizes the Middle East, and openly advocates for ... Read more

  • Invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu
    Posted in Jim's Blog on January 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress in early March. The Prime Minister’s visit comes as Israel faces grave threats from sworn enemies on its borders and Iran’s ongoing, unimpeded nuclear weapons development and missile delivery program. Support for Israel within the United States has always been strong, consistent and bipartisan. Israel shares our values and is our closest ally in the Middle East. Israel’s security and our own are inseparable. It’s... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes Arming Syrian Rebels and Governing by Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy

    The House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) today with an amendment to authorize the President's plan to arm Syrian rebels to oppose ISIS. Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted NO on both. "Passing a CR marks a failure to govern. The American people have been denied their representation. The House has worked through the budget and spending process to express the priorities of constituents. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has killed every House Appropriation bill, refused to pa... Read more

  • Authority to Bring Benghazi Terrorists to Justice
    Posted in Jim's Blog on May 8, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Foreign Policy

    The Obama Administration actually claims that they do not have the authority to target the attackers and groups responsible. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced a bill this week that would authorize the President of the United States to use all necessary and appropriate force to hold accountable those individuals and organizations responsible for the terrorist attack.î I am an original cosponsor of that legislation. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the ... Read more

  • Energy Department accepts Bridenstine request to stop selling military technology to Russia
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Foreign Policy

    In response to a Congressional inquiry led by Congressmen Jim Bridenstine and Mike Turner, the Department of Energy said it will no longer request funding to provide the Multiple Integrated Laser System (MILES) system to Russia. Bridenstine, Turner, and 16 additional House Republicans objected to DOE’s proposal to provide Russia with U.S. military equipment for infantry training (see press release below). MILES is essentially a high-tech “laser tag” system used by the U.S. military in tactical f... Read more