A group of Iraq war veterans has launched a campaign opposing President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
"Every politician who is involved in this will be held accountable, they will have blood on their hands," says retired staff sergeant Robert Bartlett, the veteran featured in the first ad (above) who was severely wounded by an Iranian bomb in Iraq in 2005. "A vote for this deal means more money for Iranian terrorism. What do you think they are going to do when they get more money?"
According to the executive director of Veterans Against the Deal, the 501(c)(4) is attempting to "challenge those people who are on the fence."
"Our main argument is that veterans know Iran better than Washington, D.C., does," VAD's Michael Pregent, a former intelligence adviser to Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, told Bloomberg. "You’ve got a lot of veterans out there who are pretty upset about this, so we are looking to capture their voices and make sure they are heard."
The well-funded campaign, which includes online and television ads and speaking engagements featuring veterans, specifically seeks to undermine President Obama's repeated claims that those opposing the deal are inviting a war with Iran. The campaign intends in part to demonstrate that the president's deal will invite more violence as Iran is certain to direct some of the massive infusion of previously sanctioned money from the deal toward furthering its sponsorship of terrorism in the region.