Senator Robert Menendez (Reuters/Gary Cameron) Sen. Robert Menendez  (D-N.J.) (Reuters/Gary Cameron)

In the short Thanksgiving Day week, a clear, defiant tone was struck by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Iran:

What I don’t appreciate is when I hear remarks out of the White House spokesman  that say . . . if we’re pursuing sanctions we’re marching the country off to war. I  think that’s way over the top, I think that’s fear-mongering. . . . We consistently hear about how we have to worry about the hard-liners in Iran. And it seems that the Iranians get to play good cop-bad cop, [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani as the good cop, the hard-liners as the bad cop.

Menendez held firm on the need for further sanctions, explaining that the Senate would have sanctions ready if the Iranians don’t enter a final deal. He added, “We basically have the Iranians running in place. But they’re running. Their centrifuges are spinning. Basically we are going to roll back some of our sanctions but they are rolling back nothing.”

Despite left-wing accusations that it is only unreasonable Republicans who could oppose the president’s handiwork, Menendez has been a strong voice for sanctions. For maintaining a firm stand in defense of U.S. and Israeli security we say, well done Sen. Menendez.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.