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Partisan Politics and the Dubious Deal with Iran

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Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015.  REUTERS/TIMA
Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. REUTERS/TIMA

In the ongoing debate over the pending nuclear deal with Iran, one side is practicing purely partisan politics – and it’s not the Republicans. Democrats are deeply divided on this issue, and many of those supporting the president have admitted, privately, that they’re doing so out of loyalty to Mr. Obama, and in order to prevent their party from suffering a shattering defeat. The Republicans, on the other hand, are totally united – even Senator Rand Paul, hardly a hard-liner when it comes to Middle East issues, is working hard to defeat the deal. The attempt by the administration and its allies to impute partisan purposes to its opponents also does nothing to explain one of the most outspoken critics of the dubious agreement: Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. The real reason to defeat the administration’s appeasement is national security, not politics: it weakens America when a hostile power like Iran gets everything it wants, and we get virtually nothing in return.

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  1. Lee  •  Jul 21, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    The problem with Obama is that you cannot trust him. Just think about how many times he as made absolute statements and they have been wrong….more like a lie! Think about how many times Obama has made statement to the effect that this is the point by which he will not be pushed across. Think about how many ridiculous statements & promises that he has not been able to deliver on (most of which I’m glad he could not or would not deliver on). The other problem is that Iran cannot be trusted based upon 8-10 years of experience and professes to hate Israel and the United States. Lastly, John Kerry….really? I just cannot find a way to believe in this deal. And if this deal proves to not be beneficial then how in hell do we get it back under control?

    • American  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      You can always trust Obama to propagate immorality while acting against the interests of the U.S.. Ultimately; however, it’s the ignorance, deception, and immorality of U.S. voters as they continue to cede political office and authority to people like him.

  2. Jim Bird  •  Jul 21, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    How any individual, especially a congressman that would vote for thermo nuclear war is insane, vicious and no amount of stupidity can ever justify such an obviously wrong voting decision. How would you explain that to your kids or be able to look at your image in a mirror every morning? This is the disgusting nature of Liberalism. For Barack and Hillary and Kerry to be able to stand in front of groups with smiles on their faces in some Narcissistic coma that enables them to cope, not only with nuclear certainties, but Iran now will have a hundred billion dollars worth of innocents bloodshed in the intervening years leading up to online status. This sickness for boosting your legacy should be explained by Republicans but the GOP leadership is always silent, in hiding, and most of the rest say it’s best to be respectful and wait till after the election, and the next election, and the next……zzz zzz. Jeb’s a disaster and Scott, sadly, is not cool enough. Somehow the Republicans will screw up Marco’s nomination and we’ll get another eight years of blatant abuse of power and the end of the Republic.

  3. shezmu  •  Jul 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    We have the Muslim Manchurian Candidate running this country. That is a major breach of national security with only Netanyahu sounding the warning alarm.

  4. Republikim1  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Hi, Michael – I am not sure that people are comprehending how deadly this deal is. The Saudis are now having talks with Hamas because of it. World power will shift and Israel is in the most peril of all, for its very existence. To show support for Israel and join your voice with others, saying that that the Iran Nuke Deal will uproot the world for the worse, there will be a Stop Iran Rally this coming Sunday, July 26th in Los Angeles at the Federal Building: Michael, will you come join us?

  5. Dan Higgins  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Does it even really matter if Congress gets a veto proof repudiation of this agreement? The UN Security Council has already approved the deal so even if Congress rejects it the damage will be done. I doubt enough Dems will stand against Obama when it comes down to it in any event. The Senste should have treated this as a treaty to begin with. It is getting tiresome seeing this administration do what it wants, irrrspective of legality, with absolutely no recourse. Utterly lawless.

  6. JOHN TRAIN  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 7:14 pm

     I am concerned that the proposed nuclear deal with Iran materially helps Russian expansion and places the US at direct risk .

    Russia has announced that it will sell Iran ICBM technology. Iran does not need ICBMs to attack Israel. ICBMs in the hands of Iran with a nuclear weapon are a threat to the entire East Coast of the United States. They still shout “death to America” in Iran. Several days ago Pres. Rouhani led a parade through the streets of Tehran whose theme was very vocal: “death to America”. 

    Russia has also announced that it will upgrade that portion of its IBM force both qualitatively and quantitatively that is aimed at the United States. Money coming from weapons sales to Iran will help finance this enhancement of Russian capability which will improve Russia’s  position as they announced in terms of their assaults against Ukraine, and in their announced aggravations against  Poland and Latvia. 

    Russia has also announced that they will sell Iran short-range attack missiles which place US naval forces in danger and give Iran a lock control over the essential waterways which control a major portion of international petroleum traffic.

     Russia has also announced that they will sell advanced air defense missiles and communications to Iran which would make any nuclear/missile force impregnable to attack.   

  7. Beano  •  Jul 24, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    DOING it out of WHAT???

    What happened to RIGHT and WRONG you jerks!

  8. Jim Bird  •  Jul 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Michael, please help us morons out here in the sticks. HOW DOES OBAMA GET THE AUTHORITY TO PERPETRATE HIS ATROCITIES? WHAT IS THE AUTHORITY? WHAT RIGHTS OR LAWS GRANTS HIM THE POWER TO DESTROY THE U.S. AND THE WORLD ECONOMIES? NO ONE EVER ANSWERS THESE QUESTIONS. Do I have the right to do these things? I guess so, Obama gets away with it, and Hillary too, right?

  9. Lars  •  Jul 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    The fear of President Obama’s tolerance of such evil and of Muslims in Europe is causing larger and larger numbers of gays to vote for extreme right parties. In France a recent survey says 25% of French gays will vote for Marine Le Pen’s party. It’s the same in Sweden with the Sweden Democrats. They feel the left parties have abandoned them for the new politically correct group, muslims. This will force even more to vote conservative.

    It’s doing the job here in Texas with Log Cabin Republicans chapters forming all over the state and for that matter all over the US.

    • Gary Liniger  •  Jul 31, 2015 at 12:51 am

      Lars: Sure- ROFLMAO!

  10. Jim Bird  •  Jul 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Illegal alien states like California, where I live, New York, Colorado and soon Texas, Florida and Ohio guarantees the destruction of our country. This was stated by Mark Levine today on his radio show. In Los Angeles and San Francisco illegals vote several times every Election Day since there is no Voter ID. They’re bussed to different precincts and are Govt. funded by those pesky non-profits of George Soros, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc. it’s become such a joke that the John and Ken Show in LA on KRLA radio interview illegals on election days (the ones that speak English) as to how they are handed scripts where they live, their names, etc., at each stop. They don’t even have to show a Green Card. So all you Red Staters your fate is sealed. You will all be mind-numbed Liberals, marching in lockstep voting for increases in your Welfare checks. But you will be so happy never having to think a serious thought again – you will have achieved Utopia on Earth, protected by the Supreme Leader and the Fatherland. Seig Heil!

  11. JGriffin  •  Jul 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    To say that people in the Senate are working hard to defeat the treaty with Iran is laughable and only demonstrates how pathetic the republican party has become. The Republicans control the senate. The power to defeat the deal is already in their hands. Without 2/3 of the senate voting for the treaty it can not be ratified and therefore is automatically defeated. But once again the establishment republican are more concerned with image than with exerting their rightful power. And that is where the parties downfall lies. They never act for fear of being treated badly by the press. They get the house and break the super majority of the senate in 2010. But they do nothing to defund Obamacare, which they could have done on day one, because they fear they wont get the senate and presedency in 2012. They get the senate in 2012 but they wont do anything because they fear they might lose it again and house seats in 2014. They gain the senate in 14 and solidify the house in 14 but they wont do anything because they fear they wont get the presidency in 2016. Why should we believe that if they do get the presidency they’ll actually do anything, there’s always another election to be afraid of. Here’s a tip for the Repubs and Michael, the press will always hate us. They didn’t come more squueky clean that Mitt and where there wasn’t anything there they simply made stuff up. Use the power you have and if the people reward you then great, if not then you have still done the right thing. I always said I wouldn’t leave the Republican party until they dropped the pro-life plank of the platform. Mitch McConnell just orpedoed the ammendment to defund planned parenthood that would have passed needing only 51 votes. As far as I’m concerned the republican party left me a long time ago and now they’re just showing how pathetic they are. I’ll never vote democrat and I wont set out election, but the days of me trying to change the hearts and minds of those around toward the republican party are gone.

    • Jim Bird  •  Jul 28, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Excellent, JGriffin! Sort of makes one think that the fix is definitely in and the rest of us are definitely screwed. This is NOT a “likely outcome” any longer. It IS happening now on a daily basis with complicit self-centered GOP leadership. It is sickening and the Republicans actually have the testicles to beg for our vote just one more time “…uh, we now see our past mistakes…. and uh, you know, … We will stop Obamacare, and illegal amnesty stuff, and kill the Iran Bomb Deal yeah, we promise this time….uh trust us …..” What utter BS. What disgusting liars.

    • Gary Liniger  •  Jul 31, 2015 at 12:55 am

      JGriffin: It will take 2/3’s to override any veto that Obama uses. It only takes a majority in the Senate to approve the agreement. A majority will not vote for the agreement.

  12. stan  •  Jul 29, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Please check out an article by Adjunct Professor Harold Roth at or This Iran “Agreement” conflicts with the
    Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty of 1969 on three major points. Treaty
    trumps Agreements. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, Article VI specifically states that treaties become the law of the land. Obama can’t do an end run by calling this travesty an “Agreement” while there is a treaty in place specifying the guidelines signed
    internationally re: nuclear capability.

    • Jim Bird  •  Jul 29, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Unfortunately the Supreme Leader never allows the law or anything else stand in the way of his abuse of power. Did you see Jack Black, Morgan Freeman and others 3-minute Hollywood commercial supporting the Nuke Deal? The sickness in Hollywood and DC is never ending.

  13. mark  •  Jul 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    In the case of national security, both ours and Israels, I trust Netanyahu much more than I do Obama, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi, Rice, and of course Clinton. He has to deal with real security issues brought about by Islamic terrorists every day. Much of it funded and backed by Iran. Our people play hear no evil, see no evil. Talk about a deal with the Devil. This is a deal with the Devil and all of his demons. Hopefully, even though the Democrats will protect Obama in the end, a few Democrats will join with Republicans and give a large majority NO vote to this in Congress. It won’t be a 2/3rds, but it will still be a loss and make it easier for a new Republican President to ignore what will end up amounting to nothing more than an Obama executive order.

  14. mark  •  Jul 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    If Iran get a nuke and then gets close to an ICBM with which they could deliver a nuke to the U.S. It will be war time. Much like the Cuban Missile Crisis was close to. This of course assuming Israel does not strike first when Iran gets a nuke.

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