GOP opposition to antisemitic, pro-terror Iran defense pick grows

Another anti-Israel and pro-Iran cabinet pick from the Biden Administration. His name is Colin Kahl. His stances while working as an Obama State Department official are below.

  • A key architect of the radical JCPOA with Iran.
  • Removed a statement affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from the 2012 Democratic National Convention platform.
  • Met with pro-Iran lobbyists more than 30 times in final days of Obama Administration.
  • Staunch opponent of tougher U.S. sanctions on Iran.
  • Opposed a bill to sanction the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps.
  • Criticized Mitt Romney in 2012 for advocating Jerusalem as the capital.

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GOP Opposition to Top Defense Pick Grows

By Washington Free Beacon, March 2, 2021

Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee are meeting privately on Tuesday morning to discuss their growing policy concerns about Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden’s nominee for undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon, according to sources close to the committee.

Kahl, a former Obama State Department official, was a key architect of the Iran deal and has been at the forefront of a number of controversial moves, including, reportedly, the decision to remove a statement affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from the 2012 Democratic National Convention platform.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) was the first member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to publicly oppose Kahl’s appointment on Monday, according to Politico, citing serious disagreements on policy.

But other Republicans have privately voiced similar objections and are looking to plan out their next steps ahead of Kahl’s scheduled confirmation hearing on Thursday.

“Republicans have concerns about Kahl and want to discuss amongst themselves the seriousness” of the issues at the closed-door 11 a.m. meeting, one source told the Washington Free Beacon.

Republicans are closely eying Kahl’s background and expect to raise a number of their disagreements during his hearing, which “is going to be sporty, to say the least,” according to the source.

Kahl, who has also served as Biden’s longtime foreign policy adviser, was one of the Obama administration’s most vocal advocates for the Iran deal and a staunch opponent of tougher U.S. sanctions on Tehran. He wrote a policy proposal for containing a nuclear Iran in 2013, arguing that the United States “would likely be forced to shift toward containment regardless of current preferences” if Iran obtained nuclear weapons.

In 2017, Kahl opposed a bill to sanction the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which carries out Iran’s global terrorism operations, arguing that the United States already had the ability to sanction individual IRGC members. The legislation was “gratuitous” and “a symbolic gesture to basically rub it in the nose of the IRGC,” he said.

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