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Stop Iran Rally Draws 12,000 to Times Square (Photo Essay)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

People said it was too late. They said it would be embarrassing because few people would show up.

Those people were wrong.

A small section of the overflow crowd at the Stop Iran Now rally in Times Square, west side of 7th Avenue, at 42nd St. July 22, 2015.

A small section of the overflow crowd at the Stop Iran Now rally in Times Square, west side of 7th Avenue, at 42nd St. July 22, 2015.

The Stop Iran Now rally in New York City’s Times Square on Wednesday, late afternoon proved Americans are riled up about the deal made between the United States and the other members of the P5+1 (the U.K., France, Russia, China, plus Germany). Thousands showed up and lined 7th Avenue in Manhattan for blocks and blocks.

Stop Iran Now rally, 7th Ave. between 42nd and 41st St. July 22, 2015.

Stop Iran Now rally, 7th Ave. between 42nd and 41st St. July 22, 2015.

Stop Iran Now rally in NYC Times Square. July 22, 2015.

Stop Iran Now rally in NYC Times Square. July 22, 2015.

Stop Iran Now rally in NYC Times Square. July 22, 2015.

Stop Iran Now rally in NYC Times Square. July 22, 2015. Blow-up mushroom cloud was one of the props people brought to the rally.

Stop Iran Now rally in NYC Times Square. July 22, 2015.

Stop Iran Now rally in NYC Times Square. July 22, 2015.

The total count was 12,000, as Master of Ceremonies Jeff Wiesenfeld told the crowd halfway into the event.

Wiesenfeld also repeatedly called on New York Senator Chuck Schumer to do the right thing and help defeat the Iran deal.

As a former aide to New York Governor George Pataki (R), New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R) and New York City Mayor Ed Koch (D), Wiesenfeld told the crowd he had the opportunity to meet and to know former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Moynihan was revered as a moral hero.  Pausing dramatically, Wiesenfeld addressed Schumer: “You, sir, are no Daniel Patrick Moynihan.”

Stop Iran Now rally co-organizer Jeff Wiesenfeld. July 22, 2015.

Stop Iran Now rally co-organizer Jeff Wiesenfeld. July 22, 2015.

There were dozens of police and other security officers, and although the event was still going strong when it was scheduled to end at 7:30, the crowds remained, waving their flags, chanting “Kill the Deal,” and pressing against the barricades.

Every effort was made to turn the rally into a truly bipartisan event. Few of the speakers were Democrats, but that is, according to Wiesenfeld, because even those New York Democrats who initially signed on to speak were later told by their party’s leadership not to show up.

But despite those efforts, the speakers were relatively diverse, and included such self-proclaimed liberal Democrats as Harvard Law Professor (emeritus) and author Alan Dershowitz, and former United States Attorney and long-time Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morganthau.

The theme of the rally was that the nuclear deal entered into by the U.S. and its partners with Iran is not just bad, it is potentially world-shatteringly awful for the United States and for most of our closest allies both in the Middle East and throughout the world.

It Was Good to See Sanity in America Last Night

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

You can’t deny that there’s something inexplicably charismatic and compelling about the way President Obama speaks that makes you want to believe his arguments, even as they go against all logic and everything you know is true.

Obama could argue the sky is green and we live on Mars and he looks forward to the vigorous debate on the subject, and you’d want to believe him–if he was saying it in front of you.

Perhaps it’s his smile and intonations, maybe its his choice of words and body language, or his reality defying messages of hope and belief. It’s like Count Dracula’s hypnotism, you find yourself drawn into Obama’s blah blah blah.

I too have watched him speak about his nuclear deal, and I find myself just wanting to believe him…

…until I read the transcript and see everything Obama ignored, left out, wrongly disparaged, factually manipulated, spun, straw-manned and incorrectly argued.

But you finally understand how America voted for Obama’s TV presence, despite everything.

Last night I watched the Stop Iran Rally as dozens of speakers got up, each with varying degrees of eloquence (or lack of eloquence) attacking the Iran deal using history, logic and facts, as ten thousand people rallied in Times Square.

It was good to see and hear sanity in America. It was good to see there are still Americans who aren’t bamboozled and hypnotized, and are seemingly immune to Obama’s gaze and silver tongue.

But I was also bothered and uncomfortable that this appeared to have been a predominantly Jewish-led event. A pro-Israel event.

It should not have been, but it was very much directed at Senator Charles Schumer and other Jewish Democratic Congressmen, who perhaps hold the keys to stopping this bad deal, so the speakers were trying to appeal to their greater Jewish values.

The truth is, the Iran nuclear deal is a far greater threat to America – “the Great Satan,” as Iran calls it –  than to Israel.

This deal also undermines everything the United States has fought for in the Middle East all these years, in the name of “diplomacy”.

This deal rewards the same Iranian terrorist state that provided material support to Al Qaida for 9/11, the Iran that undermined American efforts to rehabilitate Iraq, the Iran that cheated and lied their way to 2 months away from a nuclear weapon (despite Obama’s initial denials), the Iran that apparently still maintains secret nuclear weapons testing facilities in Parchin and other locations, and are, of course, still holding American citizens hostage, just to touch the tip of the iceberg.

While it was good to finally voices of sanity in America coming together and speaking out, I also fear there is too much money coming in from removing the sanctions, that the threats will be pushed under the rug for the profit and short term gains.

And when a new Farsi-speaking Middle East emerges, the US and the world will shrug their shoulders, bunker down, and turn to Israel to find new and innovative ways to defend themselves from Iran’s expanded global terror network pumped up on nuclear steroids.

They’ll ask themselves, as they awaken from their stupor, how did we get here and what do we do now?

And by then it will be too late.

Iran Laughs at ‘Non-Binding’ Ban on Ballistic Missiles

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Iran’s Foreign Minister buried the Obama administration’s claim that the nuclear agreement will curtail Iran’s ballistic missile production and maintained that the prohibition is in a non-binding appendix of “ObamaDeal.”

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted by the state-controlled Fars News Agency as saying:

Using ballistic missiles doesn’t violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA); it is a violation of a paragraph in the annex of the (UN Security Council) Resolution (2231) which is non-binding

This paragraph (of the annex) speaks about missiles with nuclear warheads capability and since we don’t design any of our missiles for carrying nuclear weapons, therefore, this paragraph is not related to us at all.

That is pretty fancy mouth-work, even better than President Barack Obama’s.

Zarif is laughing all the way to the nuclear bank. He admits that the nuclear agreement prohibits ballistic missiles but since it is non-binding, so what?

And it doesn’t make any difference because the missiles are not meant for carrying nukes.

If anyone wants to inspect the military sites to make sure he is telling the truth, he can’t because military sites are off-limits. The Islamic Republic’s international affairs adviser to the regime stressed on Tuesday that Iran will not allow international inspectors visit our military centers and interfere in decisions about the type of Iran’s defensive weapons.”

Velayati added:

Missiles like Shahab, Sejjil and the like, have never been used for carrying nuclear warheads, and therefore, are not subject to the paragraphs of the Vienna draft agreement.

Just take his word for it.

Zarif’s Foreign Ministry reassured everyone who still is listening that “Iran will continue its pioneering role in campaign against terrorism and violent extremism.”

For the record, just in case Congressional Democrats are awake, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told a Senate committee just before ObamaDeal was concluded:

We should under no circumstances relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking.

Secretary of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who is in Israel to go through the motions that ObamaDeal is good for Israel, told the Senate Armed Services Committee:

We want them [Iran] to continue to be isolated as a military and limited in terms of the kinds of equipment and material they are able to procure.

That is what he wants. That is not what he – and Israel – is going to get.

 

Former Saudi Ambassador to US: Gulf States Willing to Attack Iran

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A Saudi prince’s reaction to the nuclear agreement with Iran makes last week’s White House’s rosy spin of official reaction by Saudi Arabia to “ObamaDeal” look like an act that should never have gone on stage.

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Ambassador to the United States, warned that the nuclear agreement with Iran “will wreak havoc in the Middle East” and that Gulf Powers are willing to attack Iranian nuclear sites, even if the United States is not interested.

One of King Salman’s first actions after taking the throne earlier this year was to yank Prince Bandar off the National Security Council, but he still is an advisor and an important voice, one that totally contradicts what President Barack Obama would like people to believe about Riyadh’s reaction the nuclear agreement.

White House Press Secretary, after a meeting between Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and President Obama, glossed over Saudi skepticism of ObamaDeal and blah-blahed “about the important bilateral relationship that exists between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”

Believe that and then believe that President Obama has “an unbreakable bond with Israel.”

Prince Bandar’s comments to Beirut Daily Star and also reported by the Times of London were the first public criticism from Saudi Arabia, and he was straight to the point.

He warned that ObamaDeal will “wreak havoc” and then bluntly asserted:

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf powers are prepared to take military action without American support after the Iran nuclear deal

Prince Bandar is not a small voice. He was ambassador to Washington for 20 years, and MRC TV noted that it is unlikely that he would have conducted a major newspaper interview without King Salman’s blessing.
The prince’s view of the Obama administration sounds like Israel’s when it comes to relying on the United States.

“People in my region now are relying on God’s will, and consolidating their local capabilities and analysis with everybody else except our oldest and most powerful ally,” Prince Bandar told the Beirut newspaper.

He was even more candid in an article he wrote for the London-based Arabic news Web site Elaph, where he compared ObamaDeal with Bill Clinton’s agreement with North Korea, which supposedly would keep its word and not develop a nuclear bomb.

But Prince Bandar can forgive Clinton because “it turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong and there was a major intelligence failure,” according to translation of interview provided by The Washington Post.

He said that he is “absolutely confident he would not have made that decision” if he had all the facts.
Prince Bandar said the case of Iran is different because:

The strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information, and America’s allies in the region’s intelligence all predict not only the same outcome of the North Korean nuclear deal but worse – with the billions of dollars that Iran will have access to.

He quoted a phrase first made by Henry Kissinger: America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.”

It sounds like Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the same page.

ObamaDeal: US to Protect Iranian Nuke Sites from Israeli Attack

Monday, July 20th, 2015

“ObamaDeal” explicitly states that the United States and the other P5+1 powers can help Iran deflect and even “respond” to sabotage and nuclear threats to its nuclear sites.

The damming evidence that ObamaDeal directly allows Western powers to help Iran to protect its nuclear sites, and possibly even to stage a counter-attack on the source of the threat, is stated in Annex III of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Congress is reviewing the agreement and has the option to cancel America’s commitments under the deal.

You have to reach page 142 of the JCPOA until you reach “Annex III: Civil Nuclear Cooperation,” where Section “D 10 states that the P5+1 “and possibly other states are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices. Cooperation in the following areas can be envisaged:

Co-operation in the form of training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems [boldface added];

Co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.

Emphasis should be placed on the word “respond.” It leaves open for interpretation the possibility that the United States and other P5 +1 countries can take action in the form of training and preparing Iran to stage a cyber attack or retaliation in the event of a third-party assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Israel is assumed to have been behind the Stuxnet cyber attacks on Iran’s centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility in 2010, which set back the Iranian nuclear weapons program. The agreement provides for assistance from the United States and the other P5+1 countries to thwart “sabotage” on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Al Jazeera reported earlier this year that President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 2014 that he would order American fighter planes to down Israeli aircraft if the Israeli Air Force tried to carry out an attack, which reportedly was about to happen.

If (or when) it was discovered that Iran has cheated and is close to developing a nuclear weapon, the complicated review methods in the agreement could take several months or even a year before the United States and other P5+1 nations could prove their findings. In the meantime, Israel could be met by the United States as well as Iran as enemies in the event of an attempt to sabotage or attack the sites where Iran violated the agreement.

Even without the agreement, Iran is on the way to receiving from Russia, one of the P5+1 powers, S-300 anti-missile systems that could possibly deter any Israeli missile attack on Iranian nuclear sites, in which Russia has a heavy investment.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has argued that ObamaDeal not only does not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon but actually paves the way for a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic.

But the agreement does more than that. It helps make Iran impervious to an attack, whether from the air or from cyber space, and ObamaDeal also ratifies a possible Iranian counter-attack on Israel

To read the entire ObamaDeal, click here.

Netanyahu Answers Obama with Khamenei’s Words

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the Iranian leader’s own words Sunday morning to answer President Barack Obama’s claim that the nuclear agreement with Iran is the best option available.

The Prime Minister used the weekly Cabinet meeting as a platform for another offensive in the long-distance verbal battle with President Obama, who is trying to sell “ObamaDeal.’

One of the most directly opposite claims by both leaders concerns other options.

President Obama, joined on Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, argue that no one has suggested a better alternative, while Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Sunday:

The alternative to this failed agreement, which we proposed repeatedly, is the continuation and strengthening of the sanctions on Iran and conditioning the lifting of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, and the lifting of the pressure on Iran, only if it changes its policy. As long as the Iranian leadership is encouraging calls of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’, there is no reason to make any concessions to them.

Obama has claimed that sanctions will be dropped by major countries even if an agreement were not reached. Kerry told PBS on Friday that “no alternative” has been offered and that Iran won’t be “crushed” by continuing sanctions “because we will lose the other people who are helping to provide those sanctions’

He added, “So, there is a lot of fantasy out there about this quote ‘better deal.'”

The Obama administration’s assumption that sanctions cannot continue is speculative, and no substantive claims have been made to support or deny the theory.

Netanyahu raised another objection to the deal, one that is proving much harder for President Obama to defend. Lifting sanctions will pump more than $150 billion into Iran’s bank accounts, and even President Obama admitted that “some” of the money will be used to fund Hezbollah and other terrorist fronts that are a direct threat to Israel.

Netanyahu said Sunday:

If someone thought that the extraordinary concessions to Iran would lead to a change in its policy, they received an unequivocal answer over the weekend in Iranian ruler Khamenei’s aggressive and contrary speech.

The Iranians aren’t even trying to hide the fact that they will use the hundreds of billions that they will receive under this agreement in order to arm their terror machine and they are clearly saying that they will continue their struggle against the US and its allies, first among them being Israel, of course.

 

Obama to Push Iran Deal on ‘Daily Show’ Tuesday

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Jon Stewart will interview President Obama for the last time on next Tuesday’s “Daily Show.” It will be Obama’s seventh appearance on Stewart’s show, third as president.

Obama was also one of the last guests on David Letterman’s Show in May, and on The final Colbert Report last December.

Stewart’s last show will be on August 6, and Trevor Noah, his replacement, will start hosting the show on September 28.

Bloomberg speculated that the president will take advantage of his appearance to push the Iran deal.

Back in March, Stewart described Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech against the Iran deal, before a joint session of Congress the day before, as a “festival of slights,” and ” the State of the Union address the Republicans wanted, delivered by the leader they wished they had.”

Stewart also told one Hanukkah-related joke, saying “it was a miracle. Standing ovation that was to last for one minute miraculously lasted eight.”

Will Stewart be hard hitting in this final interview with the President?

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recalled in an interview that the 2012 Obama reelection campaign had been eager to get the President on with Jon Stewart, “because the young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows.”

Carney also said that “probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of The Daily Show.”

Stewart was tongue-in-cheek critical of Obama when the President did not come to Paris to show solidarity with the victims at the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January:

“How could Obama not be there, look how many world leaders he could have bowed down to and apologized to,” Stewart wailed. “He missed an opportunity. How could the US not be there when representatives of such beacons of freedom and lack of censorship as journalist-punishing Russia, journalist-jailing Turkey, Egypt, enough said. Palestinian cartoonist-jailing Israel was there. And of course our greatest ally Saudi Arabia, having just days ago flogged a blogger. Couldn’t Obama have at least sent a friend?”

Regarding the Iran nuclear program, Stewart had one of his rare diatribes on this topic last April, pointing the finger at none other than former Vice President Dick Cheney:

Stewart argued Cheney was responsible for letting Iran expand its nuclear program. Before he became Vice President, Cheney was chief of Halliburton, seeking to open contracts with Iran, but was unable to do it because of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Stewart showed how the Bush administration took down the Iraq government, which kept Iran in check, and put in a leader who is friendly with Iran like former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. And it only cost $1.5 trillion.

Overall, despite his obvious affinity for the President, Stewart has not held back his criticism of the Obama White House over the years, slamming it for numerous failures, lies, repression of civil rights, you name it. But will the Daily Show Host be critical of the Iran deal in this parting interview, or will he serve the President the softballs he needs to deliver his points on the deal?

We’ll know in a couple of days.

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