Today, speaking to the Ventura County World Affairs Council at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) outlined his views of current American foreign policy as a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.
Congressman Sherman's speech entitled, "A Congressional Update on American Foreign Policy, Insight and Analysis," covered a variety of foreign affairs topics, including Iran, nuclear proliferation and other important issues. Sherman also responded to questions, many of which focused on Iran.
"One of the greatest threats we face is nuclear weapons ending up in the wrong hands, especially those of the Iranian government" said Congressman Sherman. "An Iran with nuclear weapons is like a Cuban missile crisis every month, inevitably provoked by the Iranian government. The best way to fight that threat is to convince the Iranian elites and the Iranian people that they face economic and diplomatic isolation if they don't give up their nuclear program."
Imposing tough additional sanctions against Iran remains one of Congressman Sherman's top priorities. Sherman has authored five bills during the current session of Congress to increase Iran's economic and diplomatic isolation. Seven of the provisions of this legislation are included in the Iran sanctions legislation that will be finalized in the coming weeks.
Congressman Sherman was introduced by Don Facciano, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of America California Central Coast. The twenty-year-old World Affairs Council of America California Central Coast Chapter is a part of The World Affairs Council which presents world leaders on a variety of today's most relevant global issues. It is an association of 90 independent organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia that work to engage and educate Americans on international affairs and foreign policy.