The retired officers warned in the letter that the nuclear deal was "unverifiable" and would "threaten the national security and vital interests of the United States" by providing Iran a 10-year path to a nuclear bomb and handing the regime $150 billion in sanctions relief:
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In summary, this agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies. In our professional opinion, far from being an alternative to war, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action makes it likely that the war the Iranian regime has waged against us since 1979 will continue, with far higher risks to our national security interests. Accordingly, we urge the Congress to reject this defective accord.
Earlier this month, a group of 36 flag officers sent a dueling letter to Congress in support of the nuclear deal. The letter was organized with help from the White House, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
UPDATE 1:12 P.M., Thurs., Aug. 27: As of Thursday afternoon, the letter had 214 signatures and counting.