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ObamaDeal Exposed: It’s not ‘Secret’ from Congress but not in Writing

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The State Dept. was caught in yesterday’s press briefing claiming there were no “secret deals” with Iran but admitted that it has no written copy of the arrangements it is defending.

Associated Press journalist Matt Lee questioned spokesman Mark Toner at Thursday’s press briefing about many Congressmen’s concerns over IAEA access to Iran’s nuclear sites under the nuclear agreement.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker has said that IAEA director Dr. Yukiya Amano did not accept an invitation to testify at Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the deal.

Toner declined to say whether Dr. Amano should testify but added:

There’s [sic] no secret deals, and we heard that expression thrown out constantly over the last couple of days. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The IAEA, which is the one that verifies – will verify this deal, does create arrangements with countries under what’s called the Additional Protocol.

And Under Secretary Sherman has already had a secure briefing with the House leadership talking about this arrangement, and we’ve continued to provide or we will continue to provide those briefings in a classified setting, as needed….

So the perception that this has somehow been – that Congress hasn’t been looped in on this, and what we know about these arrangements is, frankly, incorrect. But they’ve had to take place in a classified setting.

Fine and dandy, but the reasonable assumption is that someone knows about the arrangements.

Lee told the spokesman:

But the notion – you said the notion that Congress hasn’t been looped in, but you haven’t been looped in because you guys haven’t read it.

Toner admitted:

We haven’t received a written copy of it, but we have been briefed on the contents.

And Lee retorted:

So someone with a photographic memory has looked at it and copied everything down in their brain and then repeated it up on the Hill?

Toner fidgeted and explained that “nuclear experts with much bigger degrees than I can ever attain have looked at this and their comfort level with it is good.”

But that does not answer the question, “If there is no secret deal, why isn’t a written version available?

US Bribing Saudi Arabia with $5.4 Billion Missile Sale after Iran Deal

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Saudi Arabia may buy $5.4 billion worth of PAC-3 missiles as part of an effort by the Obama to soothe Riyadh’s anger over the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The State Dept. approved the Lockheed missile sale, which also would be another plum for the military-industrial complex.

Lockheed stated, “Lockheed Martin is supporting the US government and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia as they discuss the potential sale of additional PAC-3 Missiles as part of the upgrade of the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force.”

Second Democrat in Congress Announces Rejection of Iran Deal

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Congressman Juan Vargas, a centrist Democrat from California, is the second of the President’s party to come out publicly against the Iran Deal.

Vargas represents the 51st District of California, based in South San Diego county, which spans the entire California-Mexico border.

The parents of Cong. Vargas both immigrated to the United States from Mexico. The Congressman was raised on a chicken ranch. He attended the University of San Diego on a scholarship, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991.

On Thursday, July 30, Vargas announced his decision to vote against the Iran deal, in an op-ed which appeared in the San Diego Tribune.

Vargas opposes the nuclear deal made with Iran by the United States and its P5+1 partners because he believes it will fail to prevent the Islamic State of Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.

“The deal fails to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program. It fails to guarantee intrusive enough inspections to ensure that Iran does not cheat, and it fails to keep Iran from achieving nuclear-threshold status.”

Vargas explained that he believes the deal will spur a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, and that the $150 billion in sanctions relief Iran will receive is a payday which will do nothing to prevent it from continuing to be the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism.

The California Democrat also quoted the leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah, who said about the deal, “Iran will become `richer and wealthier and will also become more influential. This will also reinforce the position of its allies.’” Vargas added, “thanks to Iranian generosity, this terrorist group has 100,000 rockets trained on Israeli cities and towns.”

Vargas is the second Congressional Democrat, following New York’s Rep. Grace Meng, to announce an intention to break with President Barak Obama and vote against the Iran deal.

Netanyahu: ’24-Day Window for Inspections Really is 3 Months’

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu turned up the heat on Thursday to fry the nuclear deal with Iran.

He brought up new arguments against ‘ObamaDeal” and pointed out that the much-talked-about notice of 24 days before Iran must allow inspections of its nuclear facilities is actually three months.

Prime Minister Netanyahu explained during a briefing  that if Iran does not agree to allow inspections after notice of 34 days, it can delay them by appealing to a committee, which would have 30 days to discuss the issue.

If the committee does not accept the appeal, Iran could delay inspections for another 30 days by involving the U.N. Security Council.

The delays would give Iran almost 90 days to cover up activity that violates the agreement.

He appealed to Congress to bring out a veto-proof majority against the deal, saying that such action would “avert the greatest danger of Iran becoming a legitimate nuclear threshold power in 10 years.

He added:

The more a person learns about the agreement, the more he opposes it.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also stressed that the Sunni Muslim countries, headed by Saudi Arabia, are “outraged by the agreement.”

 

Orthodox Rabbis to Lobby near Rosh HaShanah against Deal with Iran

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Rosh HaShanah marks the beginning of the “Ten Days of Repentance,” perfect timing for Orthodox rabbis to work on the conscience of Jewish Congressmen who have not joined the opposition to the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Orthodox Union, better known as the OU for its symbol on foods it approves as kosher, sent out a letter to its affiliated rabbis and the Rabbinical Council of America that urged them to arrive in Washington on Sept. 9, less than a week before the Jewish New Year and Tens Days of Repentance leading to Yom Kippur begin.

The letter stated:

We are confident that hundreds of rabbis traveling to Washington on the eve of this vote and just days before Rosh Hashanah will have a highly visible and real impact upon this fateful vote in Congress.

We will only have this impact with your participation.

Two Polls Show Most Americans Oppose ‘ObamaDeal’

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Two separate polls this week reveal that far more Americans oppose  the “ObamaDeal” with Iran than those who favor it, and opposition grew to nearly two-thirds when respondents answered after hearing more argument for and against the agreement,

“Secure America Now” released a poll Wednesday that shows 45 percent of registered voters want Congressman to vote against the deal, an increase of 8 percent from last month, The Hill reported.

An earlier poll this week by CNN/ORC  produced results of 52 percent wanting Congress to reject the deal. Opposition grows with age, and even a majority of  Democrats 35 years old and order said they are against the deal. A small majority – 53 percent – of Democrats between the ages of 18 and 34 were in favor.

The Secure America Now poll included a very significant notation, reported by The Hill:

After hearing additional arguments for and against the deal, the opposition to the deal grew to 65 percent in the poll, indicating that advocates on both sides could have significant influence on the national debate over the coming weeks.

Democratic pollster Pat Caddell, who helped carry out the survey, told The Hill, “There’s some real message for Democratic senators here, which is why so many of them I think feel caught, and they rightly should, in between the arguments.”

Only 51 percent of Democrat respondents said that ObamaDeal  “makes America safer and more secure,” and the number dropped to 47 percent after they heard additional arguments from both sides.

Caddell declared that the rise in opposition to ObamaDeal is a trend and “it’s going to get worse.”

 

Foreign Ministry Calls Sunni Arab Nations ‘Israel’s Allies’

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

 

Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama dreamed about a “new Middle East” under the leadership of the United States. They were dead wrong.

They may have fantasized that they could make peace between Israel and Sunni Muslim states, the foremost being Saudi Arabia, but their worst nightmares did not envision such an alliance being formed in opposition to none other than the United States.

Dore Gold, director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former Ambassador to the United Nations, finally spelled out on Wednesday what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has whispered for months. The Muslims and the Jews have two common problems. One is an enemy, meaning Iran, which threatens to rule an Islamic Caliphate with or without a nuclear weapon.

The other problem is the Obama administration, which is appeasing the enemy.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated several times that Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in making sure that Iran does reach nuclear weapons capability. Gold went a lot farther in his message last night to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Referring to Iran, he said:

What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.

Allies?

What happened to the “unshakeable bond” between the United States and Israel? It is there as long as people believe it. An era does not in a day, and American Jews will believe in that “unshakeable bond” for a long time to come because it makes them feel good.

And isn’t it President Barack Obama who is ready help arm Israel once again, after having forced it to be armed to the teeth by surrendering to many of Iran’s terms in his ObamaDeal, which Israel and the Sunni Arabs are certain is nothing more than a well-paved diplomatic road to hell?

Americans are too far away from the shores of the Middle East to feel the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran the way Jews in Israel and Muslims in the Gulf States feel it.

If Israel and its “allies” were to get it through the State Dept.’s thick skull that a nuclear-armed Iran is no less of a threat to the United States that it is to the United States, perhaps Americans would worry a bit more about Tehran and less about Mexican immigrants, homosexual marriages and Donald Trump.

Gold was upbeat, or at least tried to sound that way, about future relations between Israel and the United States in the likely event that Congress will not be able to ditch ObamaDeal.

He said:

We will find a practical way to come up with solutions to a very dangerous situation. But in the meantime we have to tell what we think about this agreement. We have to say the truth even though it’s unpleasant.

It also may be very unpleasant for President Obama amid his successor to realize that  their influence in the Middle East is dwindling. President Obama was overjoyed at the Arab Spring rebellions for “democracy,” which in the Muslim Middle East means “anarchy” and which was the reality for too long a time in Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Iraq is a lost cause.

Obama may have reached out Muslims, but he grabbed a handful of radical Islam that now threatens more than half the world.

He, like most other American politicians, assumes that Israel has no choice but to rely on the “unshakeable bond” with the United States.

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