On Wednesday, Obama insulted American political leaders who oppose his shabby deal with Iran. In remarks at American University he began with the usual straw man argument that there is no alternative to this deal other than war. Then he hits the gutter by comparing Republicans who oppose the agreement to hardliners in Iran:
OBAMA: It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus. The majority of the Iranian people have powerful incentives to urge their government to move in a different, less provocative direction -- incentives that are strengthened by this deal.It's worth noting that when those Iranians who do NOT chant "death to America" and want peace with the West were being killed in the streets in 2009 Obama remained silent as they begged him for help.
Top Democrat Says NO!
Is it really good strategy for Obama to insult members of the U.S. Senate who will shortly vote on whether to approve this deal or not? And it's not just Republicans he insults. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus is the third ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate announced his opposition to the deal:
If Iran’s true intent is to get a nuclear weapon, under this agreement, it must simply exercise patience. After ten years, it can be very close to achieving that goal, and, unlike its current unsanctioned pursuit of a nuclear weapon, Iran’s nuclear program will be codified in an agreement signed by the United States and other nations. To me, after ten years, if Iran is the same nation as it is today, we will be worse off with this agreement than without it.A voice of reason coming from a Democrat? Who would have thought! Schumer is joined in opposition to this fairy tale by Rep. Elliot Engel(D-NY) the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs:
Therefore, I will vote to disapprove the agreement, not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path of diplomacy. It is because I believe Iran will not change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power. Better to keep U.S. sanctions in place, strengthen them, enforce secondary sanctions on other nations, and pursue the hard-trodden path of diplomacy once more, difficult as it may be.
First, I don’t believe that this deal gives international inspectors adequate access to undeclared sites. I’m especially troubled by reports about how the Iranian military base at Parchin will be inspected. With these potential roadblocks, IAEA inspectors may be unable to finish their investigation into the potential military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program.Read Engel's entire statement. It's an excellent summation of why this is a bad deal!
I also view as a dangerous concession the sunset of the international sanctions on advanced conventional weapons and ballistic missiles. I was told that these issues weren’t on the table during the talks. So it’s unacceptable to me that after a maximum of five and eight years, respectively, the deal lifts these restrictions.
I still believe that a negotiated solution is the best course of action. That’s the path I believe we should pursue. But after careful consideration of all of the material; more than a dozen hearings since the beginning of the negotiating period; and conversations with Administration officials, experts, and many of my constituents, I regret that I cannot support this deal
These are Democrats. Does Obama equate them with hardliners chanting "death to America?"
Iran Cheats UN Resolution as Top Terror General Visits Russia
Then there's this from Reuters:
The head of Iran's elite military Quds Force, who is subject to a United Nations travel ban, has met senior Russian officials in Moscow, an Iranian official said on Friday.The unit Soleimani heads is directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. The chant "death to America" that Obama dismisses is very real! Now the Russians are supplying Iran with advanced weapons. So much for the sanctions that worked for years to contain Iranian aggression.
Qassem Soleimani, chief of the force which is an overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, has been subject to an international travel ban and asset freeze by the U.N. Security Council since 2007.
But the Iranian official, who declined to be identified, said Soleimani had made the trip in the second half of July, where he had held talks covering regional and bilateral issues and the delivery to Iran of S-300 surface-to-air missiles and other weapons.
While Obama likens American opponents of this deal to Iranian hardliners, the opposite appears to be true. At every opportunity he has sided with the hardliners in Iran and has given them everything they ever wanted. As former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said in Thursday's GOP debate: “Ronald Reagan said, ‘Trust but verify.’ President Obama is trust but vilify. He trusts our enemies but vilifies everyone who disagrees with him.”
UPDATE: Three more top House Dems Join NO Coalition to Stop Iran Deal!