Source: The March to Save America
President Obama may be on a vacation with the family, however his West Wing political operatives are busily trying to line up Democrat votes in both the Senate and House enabling him to veto anticipated Republican majority resolutions. While New York Democrat Senator Charles Schumer has come out against the pact, he demurred from active advocacy of his position. The Hill noted in its Whip List count that Rep. Pete Roskam (R-IL) has signed up 218 of 243 Republican colleagues for a resolution opposing the Iran nuclear pact. The Hill Whip List vote tally ,as of August 14, 2015, on the Democrat side of aisle shows Democrats divided with 48 “Yes”, 16 leaning in that direction, 11 “No,” 2 leaning towards “No” and 58 “undecideds.” The resolutions are likely to be voted on by both Chambers before September 17th following Congress reconvening just after Labor Day. The ultimate choice of which way the undecideds will go will depend on what they learn from Town Hall meetings and constituent calls, tweets and emails. If respected polls are any indication, millions of Americans have voiced concerns that Iran’s track record as a cheater on nuclear weapons developments and state support for terrorism preclude trusting it. The JCPOA will immediately release tens of billions for Iran to expand hegemony in the Middle East. In 10 years it will add over 1 trillion dollars in additional sanctions relief to Iran and the Mullahs that run it.
Already the international sanctions regime has been shredded by Iranian Quds Force commander Soleimani’s violation of travel bans and purchases of Russian advanced air defense systems and Chinese stealth fighter jets. Italian, French and other Foreign Ministers have led trade delegations to Tehran to ink billions in pre-approval deals. Just this week, the Swiss lifted some of their financial sanctions, doubtless both the Russians and Chinese will follow suit, as their sequestered funds comprise the majority of off shore resources . Moreover, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is endeavoring to broker the Syrian Crisis. With the nuclear deal, the Islamic regime is gaining traction in the Middle East courtesy of Obama’s outreach and the pending nuclear pact.
While many Congressional Democrats and liberal media pundits contend that the nuclear pact is not perfect, they suggest it is better than the alternative. Orde Kittrie, Senior Fellow and leading expert on non proliferation law and policy at the Washington, DC Foundation for Defense of Democracies in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, contends that the unsigned political agreement can be and should be amended by Congress. He cites as evidence the 200 plus incidents, including nuclear test ban and arms control agreements with Russia during the Cold War era. There is also the recent 2009 nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates, where Congress demanded changes and material improvement to international agreements before granting consent.
Eli Broad, Matthew Weiner and Norman Lear Hollywood Jewish Backers of Iran Nuclear Pact
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Testimonials from Prominent Hollywood Jewish Backers of Iran Nuclear Deal
The White House has been bombarding media with ‘testimonials’ in favor of the Iran nuclear deal. There was one from three dozen retired generals and admirals, another from 29 of the nation’s leading scientists, and still yet another from 100 former ambassadors. The argument from the former senior officers in the military was the agreement is “the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.” The scientists called the Iran deal “technically sound, stringent and innovative”.
The other voices heard from were the liberal Jewish Hollywood mogul crowd and J Street rabbis’ who bought an ad in the L.A Jewish Journal, and other newspapers of record. Israel National News (INN) noted among them were leading campaign financial bundlers for Obama’s Presidential elections:
Among the seven lead signatories are billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad; Walt Disney Concert Hall architect Frank Gehry; and legendary TV writer-producer Norman Lear.
"I just felt that some of the mainstream Jewish organizations weren't speaking on behalf of a large segment of the community that has a different point of view," Matthew Velkes told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that LA's Jewish population is "as diverse a community as one might imagine."
INN drew attention to the letter signed by these Hollywood Jewish supporters of Obama published in the Hollywood Reporter:
We appreciate that many have reasonable concerns about the risks of a complex nuclear weapons development agreement with an untrustworthy adversary like Iran. We too hold these concerns, but the deal that was reached is not founded on trust; it is grounded in rigorous inspections and monitoring.
They view killing the deal as a "tragic mistake."
US Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz
Secretary of Energy Moniz discusses the Iran deal on a National Jewish Federation Webcast
We watched a National Jewish Federation live interview with Secretary of Energy, Dr. Earnest Moniz, extolling the virtues of the Iran nuclear deal from technical aspects. Retired MIT physics professor Moniz knows the subject well. He was an official in the Clinton Administration during the failed attempt to reign in North Korea from achieving nuclear breakout. The on-line audience was a third of the 10,000 viewers when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu expounded his thesis about why the nuclear pact was a bad deal given existential threats to both the US and Israel.
The Hill cited Moniz saying on the webcast that the Iran nuclear deal “would aid in fighting terrorism.” The Administration’s primary concern he said was to cut off all paths for Iran from achieving a bomb. A path, he acknowledged, currently would take less than two to three months to achieve with the 80 tons of fissile material on hand. However, he suggested that when the existing stock of fissile material was reduced by 98 percent under the current proposal it would set back by a decade industrializing nuclear development. He also told the on-line audience that there were no secret side deals. Rather he characterized them as confidential arrangements between the IAEA and Iran that would allow for close monitoring of Iran nuclear developments. He suggested, when asked by a viewer, not to worry about the Parchin military test site, as the Energy Department’s labs have developed the technical means of identifying even trace amounts of nuclear residue. The problem is the Ayatollah has barred the IAEA and any US inspectors from visiting Parchin and ‘known’ military development sites. Further, Moniz suggested the US was supplying the 24/7 monitoring technology to the IAEA covering the entire Iranian nuclear production pathway from mine through enrichment.
Watch Secretary Moniz’s Jewish National Federation Vimeo video presentation: