Response to a Letter from My Congressman


I just received an email from my congressman, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell.

Eric is an active congressman, who tries hard to help his constituents. I will probably vote for him again, but the message he sent to us regarding the Iran nuclear agreement is extremely disappointing. Following is the email I sent to him in response:

————————————————————————–Dear Representative Swalwell,

I am extremely disappointed in your email stating your support for the president’s Iran nuclear agreement. As national polls demonstrate, the vast majority of American voters—both Democrats and Republicans–are against this agreement. I have read a great deal about its details, and I’m appalled that Leader Pelosi is driving congressmen like you to parrot President Obama’s sales pitch talking points. The statements that “This will ensure that Iran doesn’t become a nuclear threat,” or “The only other choice is war” are typical political manipulations and totally untrue.

Moreover, the part that the president and his supporters don’t mention is that within five years, Iran will have billions of dollars to support Hamas and Hezbollah to wage war on Israel. That is unacceptable, and the president must know that. In a few more years, this agreement would permit Iran to have missiles that can reach New York or Washington. That would be the ultimate Obama legacy. Please don’t be part of it.

In the last few days, we have also learned that there is a side agreement by which the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), has given Iran responsibility for inspecting its own nuclear sites. Can we really believe that Iran will abide by the agreement without hiding nuclear materials and development? The Iranians have proven that they cannot be trusted, over the past 50 years. How can you, Leader Pelosi, or President Obama seriously expect a magical transformation in the regime’s behavior?

As an independent voter—the kind politicians need to convince—I am well aware that your leaders in the House can make it difficult to go against partisan lines. Nevertheless, in the long run, voters respect and elect leaders who take principled stands on vital issues. The nuclear deal is one such issue. Regardless of talking points, you know that this agreement is the president’s attempt to sell another poorly conceived action to add to his legacy.

FYI, I voted for President Obama and encouraged many others to do so. Millions of us are deeply disappointed in his performance and wish we could undo our error in judgement. I am deeply sorry to have backed a president who believes that his personal narcissism is more important than the safety of the American people, the survival of Israel, and a nuclear-free Middle East.

I hope you will reconsider, and not bow to political pressures. Please vote to override the president’s veto, and to have him order Secretary Kerry back to the negotiating table. If we must have a nuclear deal with Iran, we can negotiate something better than a 2015 version of Neville Chamberlain’s Munich Pact.

Very truly yours,


Stephen Vachss, Dublin California


My book “The Victory that Wasn’t” offers a fictional alternate history with a different kind of Military, and better outcomes for all Americans. It’s available on Amazon at



Author: Steve Vachss

Steve Vachss has enjoyed a career that permitted him to perform diverse roles. He has been a reporter, a broadcaster, an editor, a tech executive, a tech marketing consultant, and entrepreneur-founder of a company providing online business services. He’s also a US Army veteran. Through all of these experiences, his first love has always been writing. Prior to creating “The Victory that Wasn't,” he wrote literally hundreds of online articles, web pages, and “how-to” books, as well as guest editorials for print media. Born in Stamford, CT, he now lives in Dublin, CA, a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.

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