The sun rises over the U.S. Capitol. (Sept. 25, 2013)

The sun rises over the U.S. Capitol. (Sept. 25, 2013) Credit: AP

I was deeply concerned that Democrats in Congress, including New York Sen. Charles Schumer, were supporting a bill, now tabled, that would have incurred strict new sanctions on Iran.

This action would have derailed ongoing negotiations, ended President Barack Obama's diplomatic efforts for a peaceful resolution, and increased the likelihood of a military response with U.S. involvement. Members of Congress have been under pressure from our allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful Israeli lobby.

They apparently see any nuclear agreement by the United States with Iran as a threat to their interests and power in the region. Why do some of our elected officials pursue a strategy with little regard for our own interests?

The United States should not be held captive to the demands of any nation. Involvement in another Middle East conflict is not what the people in this country want.

Jack Pepitone, West Hempstead

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