On Iran, Clinton navigates policy as Trump sounds a trumpet

By Michael Wilner

September 9, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state, outlined her policy on Iran and its nuclear program on Wednesday in a quiet setting: A think tank full of her peers. She knew the names of several journalists and scholars in the audience. She spoke softly, chalking her tone up to allergies— “Republican histamines are everywhere,” she joked.

Contrast that with the spectacle that unfolded outside the United States Capitol, attracting thousands of opponents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name for the nuclear accord reached this summer with Iran in Vienna. Tea Party conservative protesters here want the deal scrapped entirely— an implausible scenario, now that Congress has returned from its summer recess with 42 senators publicly supporting it.

Amid the speechifying across Washington, and as the House Foreign Affairs Committee convened another hearing on the nuclear agreement, over 1,000 activists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee descended on Congress once again to pressure members to oppose the deal. Blocks away from the National Mall, under the shade of trees on the Senate side of the Capitol, hundreds of rabbis organized by the Orthodox Union gathered to join them in a last-ditch effort.

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