Kyrsten Sinema, former anti-war organizer, explains her vote against the Iran deal

“A conventional arms race with an escalation of a fiery war in the Middle East isn’t worth it.”

By Jennifer Bendery | The Huffington Post

Of the 25 House Democrats who voted against approving the Iran nuclear deal last week, the most unexpected name in the mix was Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. /Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The Arizona Democrat is a moderate in her party, but her roots are firmly in the anti-war movement. In the early 2000s, she was an active organizer against the Iraq War.

So how did she end up voting against a nuclear deal that her party’s own president said is the inverse of going to war with Iraq and the only alternative to war with Iran?

In a Tuesday interview with The Huffington Post, Sinema bridged her two, seemingly at-odds positions by making the case that the accord will actually lead to more violence and instability in the Middle East, not less. She firmly rejected the idea that being opposed to the Iran nuclear agreement, which was struck in July between Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers, means choosing war.

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