So while most in our group got better acquainted and strategized for the future in the hallway, Leslie, Bob, and I talked privately with the Senator’s foreign policy advisor, legislative director, and chief of staff. For over an hour our trio argued in the Senator’s conference room that even if the administration’s concerns about Iran were real, a military solution was no solution at all and would only complicate things further. We insisted that it is in the interest of neither the US or Israel to start another war. The senior aides kept claiming that US intelligence showed Iran was causing the deaths of US troops in Iraq and the leadership of nations neighboring Iran were terrified by Iran’s expansionism. We asked for and received no evidence backing these claims.


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