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Chamberlain bloodied his illustrious career by solidifying an agreement with a devil.  Stalin, bloodied anyone who ever brought up the fact he too was double crossed by that same devil and it killed tens of millions.  Marshall negotiated a settlement after the devil was dead that has given us for the most part, global peace now for exactly 70 years.

Everything you hear on television and the Rick Jensen show right now, is opinions being expressed by whoever has one of the three views above.  If you are a trustworthy person, with a solid character, you support the future trusting and are for this agreement.  If you are a untrustworthy person, with a criminal record a mile long but just haven’t been caught yet, you support a distrusting future, and want to see this good smashed before it gets born.

When you make a deal with a devil, you never know whether he will abrogate or not… Marriages (the same) run about 50-50.  So one has a 50-50 chance with a diplomatic partner as well.

But, diplomatic agreements usually have a success rate in the high 90th percentile… They beat the odds and so the obvious next question is … why?

Diplomatic negotiations are not rushed into like marriages.  For the most part that alone explains the disparity… If marriages were negotiated like the Iran Nuclear Deal, there would probably be 50% less marriages in America today… “Oh, no, baby… I ain’t givin’ up that!!!!”  Instead diplomatic negotiations put everything on the table and are handled by the oldest and wisest who have seen everything before and therefor put it on the table.

No successful marriage is one party gets all.. Those quickly head for divorce.  Instead, successful marriages are options where the other party says, “I can live without that. so sure, I’ll agree to it in order if I can get this out of you instead….”

That is how things work… In marriage, and around the table…  In fact it is rare to get an agreement at all. which explains why so many marriages go forward on faith instead of solid “pre-nupts”… (especially among Republicans who always seem to be way too-in-a- hurry to get hitched.)

The idea that one side will negotiate everything away when they don’t have to, is purely ridiculous.  Like a smitten male giving total power of attorney to his spouse if she agrees to marry him… I don’t think to my knowledge, that that has ever happened… If so, the poor fool was too embarrassed at his stupidity to ever mention it again….

So…. when approaching an agreement, one must treat it as a very good start, if not a fait accompli.

But that is not what you hear if you listen to US corporate controlled US media.  That is exactly what you do hear if you listen to unbiased, uncensored, and unmanipulated global media.  This agreement gives both sides what they want…

Sanctions removed for the Iranians…  No nuclear bomb for the US and Europe.

If you listen to Iran, their hard liners are NOT arguing over the stoppage of Iranians from building the bomb.  They are arguing whether or not they can trust the US to lift and keep the sanctions lifted, if they go forward and dismantle their system…   And since we change presidential parties every 8 years and have the next change less than 2 years away, they have a valid point….

They also have clear concerns as does the entire rest of the world alerted to our spying capabilities, of the US planting evidence, or lying about readings to make an innocent Iran look guilty.   Considering what the US did to Iran in ’49, they have legitimate reason to worry so.  Considering how we invaded their neighbor over a chocolate -vanilla yellow cake and two trailers parked on an Iraqi base somewhere, then found we were absolutely wrong …. Is very ripe on their memory.  Considering how it quickly became transparent that our sole reason for invading their neighbor was to get hands on their oil,  they are rather wary of trusting anything the US says it will do…

In fact considering that one of the parties in this agreement was the United States, a nation which since 2000 (fifteen years) has had the insane sector of its citizenry running the Legislative branch for 11 of those 15 years. they certainly have a lot to mistrust from a nation who imposes draconian laws on their poor to fund their municipalities, and ignores grand theft on a national scale to those earning billions….

Why would anyone trust the United States?  What are they, ….. crazy?

But they did. They did because the agreement is solid enough to keep the US held in checks and balances, and if the US reneges on its part of this agreement, they can quickly restart their nuclear program and create the only safety any nation truly has… their own atomic weapons….

And the US said, “ok, yeah, if it stops nuclear weapons from expanding to more nations,  we can work to make this deal solid…”

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So what are the arguments here made by Republicans against it?

Number 1 (which they won’t tell you)   Your side gets a point for being successful.  We’re in competition, we can’t let you get that point… (gamemanship)….

Number 2 (which they also keep silent)   AIPAC gave us lots of money to block this in Congress… Lots of money.

Number 3  Israel is against it, and we hear of Israel in our Christmas songs (” Oh Come, Oh Come, Emanuel”). and on TV so being for Israel has to be good ’cause Christmas and TV are good… (Anyone know where Israel is, anyway?  It’s in Greece, right?) We got to support ‘dem Israelis… ‘Cause that’s where our grease comes from)..

Number 4   We can say no and renegotiate a better deal…   let’s analyze this… Says who, the Iranians?  No, not hardly, they have their own contingents trying to blow up this agreement as well. This is a one shot deal…  Has anyone ever been turned down for marriage and gone back and given the store away?  Maybe, but I have never heard of anyone being rejected and coming back to say… ok, I’ll do everything you want… just marry me…   They usually break the engagement, and relationship and hook up quickly with someone else… Isn’t that the way it’s played?  This idea that you can reject a deal and they will come back and take a worse situation, comes from fairy land…  Perhaps there is too much LSD in Congress’s water?

Number 5   All the Koch think tanks, including the Institute for Science and International Security say this agreement is porous.  Other think tanks outside the beltway and the Pentagon suppliers’ influence and money, discount this… It pays to see who funds and supports a think tank before you take their view verbatim…

To readily understand, flip the polarization… Imagine Iran was accusing us of the same items…   “That nuclear reactor you were building for 7 years between 95 and the Christiana Mall”…  We’d say.. “that was a flyover ramp, joining Rt 1 to I 95.”… (Pretty obvious now, but some of those abutments could have very well been a tunnel entrances when seen from space 5 years ago by someone intent on proving we were untrustworthy..) Or they’d say… “we need to tour your NSA building and Area 51, or we won’t agree to this deal”.. We’d say.. “no, the deal is off . We aren’t letting Iran’s agents into the NSA building or into our most secretive experimental air bases… ”

Number 6   This agreement can’t be verified if we are not allowed into their equivalent of the  NSA and Area 51… therefore until they allow us, we need to vote it down…   Well, this was said in the purest form of isolation one can image… For example, let us flip the scenario again: how could they see into each bank’s board of directors to know if they will keep up  or drop sanctions on their own by going rogue?  They can’t … But they can monitor when the money starts flowing… they know what is being held from them and if they have access they will know it..   In the same way, if we monitor what goes in and what come out, we can do the math and know whether they are cheating or not.. In fact this agreement was hammered out that way as would the US and Soviets have done so, saying since we can’t check your most secret bases, what methods are acceptable to both of us to verify both are following the agreements?  A way was found…  If the US and Soviet Union can verify each others’ most sensitive informations without compromising other security measures, then it stands that the US and Iran can certainly do the same.  Especially when those measurements are very accurate.

Number 7   Giving 24 days notice of inspection allows for cheating… Well… perhaps.. But so does an errant wife stopping by Wawa to empty trash out of her car before pulling into her driveway to greet her husband…  Even in prison one can find ways to cheat.  That is not a problem. The problem is making sure what you want happens. That is no bomb available to Iran or terrorists.   Again, the US would never agree to Iran, or North Korea, or Russia, or China, or Central African Republic (right Chris?) into our secret bases with no notice… “Sure, we are conducting our most secret test of new rocket technology, come on in!  Here, sit in our visitors chair as we launch it now…”   never happen here; only idiot Republicans could think it would happen there… (Gosh, where were they when they passed out brains?)

Number 8

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Yeah, cheaply going for the headline here….

Today it was announced that

Netanyahu Wanted To Attack Iran But Was Overruled….

Now unless you live under a rock, and reportedly there are still three in Delaware who do so, you know that the only reason ANYONE is against the awesome Iran nuclear deal is because of AIPAC and billionaires like Sheldon Adelson who throw large blocks of money at campaigns of US legislators who vote to give $$$ in arms to Israel…

Their logic being… if the threat of Iran is diminished….. then Israel won’t need more “guns”…   Which is true.

The real question is can we trust Israel to do the right thing… and that is beginning to look less and less likely.   They have a war mongering conservative leader who makes Dick Cheney look like a weed smokin’ hippie…

“Hey, man…… that’s pretty….. cool.” —- Dick Cheney as weed smokin’ hippie.

Imagine the US if Bush had died in office and President Cheney took over.. That is what Israel lives with every day… and most Jews are getting fed up with it..   Just like if you and your friend go to the beach and he pulls off his pants and begs for tips from walkers on the Boardwalk… Wouldn’t you be embarrassed to the max?  Well, every single Jew is more embarrassed than you in that hypothetical situation, by their current leader Benjamin Netanyahu..

Today, a growing number of American Jews, though still devoted to Israel, struggle with the lack of progress toward peace with the Palestinians. Many feel that AIPAC does not speak for them. The Pew Center’s survey found that only thirty-eight per cent of American Jews believe that the Israeli government is sincerely pursuing peace; forty-four per cent believe that the construction of new settlements damages Israel’s national security.

And Benjamin Netanyahu is a conservative.  Meaning that just like Jack Markell will go pell mell over all logic and reason to implement a charter district in Wilmington to keep the former MBNA building fully occupied so Charlie Copeland can receive his copious benefits. (yes, only in Delaware). so will BN (too damn hard to keep spelling) go pell mell over all logic and reason to keep his developer friends happy and allow them to build on stolen land for free….

Which is what Conservatives are all about… protecting the money that supports you and to hell with actual human beings…

In a Gallup poll in late July, only a quarter of Americans under the age of thirty thought that Israel’s actions in Gaza were justified. As Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the executive director of the left-leaning T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, told me, “Many people I know in their twenties and thirties say, I have a perfectly good Jewish life here—why do I need to worry about this country in the Middle East where they’re not representing who I am as a Jew? I’m not proud of what’s happening there. I’m certainly not going to send money. ”

And that is how American’s Jews feel… but what they feel does not matter.  AIPAC matters because of their money…

And Chris Coons being a Democrat in a Democratic state has trouble coming up with big funders because they all tend to be Republicans. and if not, why spend lots to fund a Democrat in a Democratic state who will win regardless at a 60-40 margin?

So he needs to get funds from whomever… and AIPAC is selling them for cheap… Just vote no against the Iran deal so more arms can flow to Israel and more profits made here at home…

Meanwhile Palestinians are being treated worse than blacks in Ferguson… Meanwhile Palestinians are being treated worse then “loosie salespeople in New York City….. Meanwhile Palestinians are being treated worse then a black guy put into a van to soften him up… … Meanwhile Palestinians are being treated worse than a black woman who when told to pull over by a cop behind her, does so without turning on her turn signal because why… why would it be proper to do so in that situation? Obviously he knows where she will go…

In America… we can protest, write blogs, riot, wave signs, and vote in new people… to combat gross injustice.. In Palestine, you take it.  and take it, and take, it, and take it, and take it, and take it, and take it, and take it, and take it and one day one of you just cracks, reacts, and the bombs drop on your house, your neighbor’s house, your street, your school, your whole town… And if you are Palestinian, you take it, and you take it, and you take it, and you take it, and you take it, and you take it, and you take it… until it happens again.. and it could be you who cracks.. you hope not…

Now in America we are insulated.  No one reports on the viewpoint of Palestinians, and if they do, because it IS quite a story of a group of people more resilient than the Negro of slavery lore, no one lets it go to print. Being victimized… and victimized,… and victimized… for no reason other then developers want their land on which to build and if they are given land rights then it can no longer happen.

For rich peoples profit, they suffer.

Now in the MidEast this is readily seen.  All you have to do is see one of two pictures smuggled out of the walled areas to understand the truth… And Iran… has rightfully said… the way Israel treats the Palestinians is abominable.  One has to be a two faced American to be concerned over the treatment of blacks in this nation, but support Israel when it is run by a Conservative junkie….  Because what Blacks endure at the hands of KKK police officers, is nothing compared to what their brothers in misery undergo in Palestine….

Now out of all this, the US has met with Iran and has said, you know, this arrangement is mutually agreeable to both of us.  And like a pre-nuptial agreement Iran has said it needs assurances and has gotten them.  Verbally.  They were put down in the agreement.  The US also has what it asked for… It is in the agreement…

Against this, are naysayers who say… what if Iran is lying.  What if they violate the agreement like Japan did when they attacked Pearl Harbor?

The same could be said to a couple engaged… “Dude… if you marry her and live together, she could kill you in your sleep…”

Well, yes, I suppose.. but that is rather unlikely. What is the percentage behind that ever happening?  it ranges between .5 to 2.5 per 100,000 people... meaning Delaware currently might see 10 to 15 people in our lifetimes..  it’s a chance. It’s a very small chance and fortunately for our progeny, we ignore it and stand up and say “I do.”

Yet due to AIPAC, who wants gun money, we have this enormously small chance of failure, holding up the marriage between two consenting partners…  It is time for the dude’s who’ve never had a relationship, to shut up…

Because here is the truth… Just like marriage… if the deal does not work out, we can divorce.  No reason to shoot your partner in their sleep.  But to not get married, out of a fear that you will be the 1 person out of 100,000 who marries the wrong girl or guy, means you lose at years of happiness and prosperity. You never get the benefits from taking what is a reasonable step to progress, simply because you are so unreasonable….

How unreasonable is Netanyahu, the Conservative running Israel?

Benjamin Netanyahu had wanted military operations against Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, 2011 and 2012.In 2010, the Israeli leadership wanted an attack but the military said it did not have “operational capability,”…In 2011, two ministers in a top security forum convened to discuss an attack changed their mind and decided against it,…In 2012 the timing coincided with a joint military exercise with the United States. “We intended to carry it out,” Barak said, but going ahead with an attack on Iran while U.S. forces were conducting the exercise would have been bad timing….

Now imagine the world we’d have right now if Israel had dropped nuclear arms on top of Iran.  We’d probably be in and all out war with the entire Middle East. Israel would now be gone. The good news is ISIS would not now exist, since their attention would be on a land war with Israel…  And you know AIPAC would not let us stand by and let Israel get their just deserts… so of course, we’d be rounding up all of Detroit and putting them behind barbed wire for our own protection.. and Muslims everywhere would be ostracized from main society..

That is how, at least Netanyahu envisioned it. And of course, he would not be challenged while at war, so woo-hoo… job security for him…

The radioactive fallout would circle the globe 5 times, settling on all areas in its path.

And most likely, if their silos were hardened.  Iran would now have a nuclear missile capable of hitting any target in the US… If they couldn’t develop it themselves, Russia or China or Pakistan or France or India would slip it to them.  They have to. They simply would have no other choice…

Netanyahu is as dangerous and untrustworthy as …. you know… that guy from Germany long ago?  But what do you expect… he is a Conservative and all conservatives are untrustworthy…

Bomb Iran.. unilaterally…. and we support this guy… all so his friends can make money building settlements on free land,… no cost to them?

Anyone… Anyone supporting a government this desperate, this unwound, this crazy…. is a douche-bag….  and that… is how…. we got to the title above…….

That is the prevailing argument among all those against the Iran deal that miraculously was agreed upon by the Iranian people and was accepted by American leadership.

Why are we removing sanctions to a Super-Bad country that doesn’t trust us?  After all, everyone trusts America; We are a righteous country. 

That is why our CIA along with the Brits overthrew Iran’s popularly elected president, Mossadegh in 1953.  It would be like China sending a commando team into the White House and killing Hillary Clinton in 2016 and installing S. B. Woo. (Finally, a Delawarean become president.)  We did it to Iran because we are a righteous country.

We then went on to support the violently repressive regime of the Pahlavi dynasty.  Would be the equivalent of China imposing Idi Amin on us.  We did it to Iran because we consider ourselves a righteous country.

After the Iranian revolution, the US supported the Iraqi regime of Sadaam Hussein in a disastrous war against Iran, going so far as to knowingly provide targeting information for the use of illegal chemical weapons by Iraq.  That would be like China giving Mexico and Canada targeting information to bomb our major cities  along our borders with anthrax. Of course we did it lovingly to them because as you know by now, we are a righteous country.

We also entered into a shooting war with the Iranian navy during the time leading up to the Gulf War.  AND then we cheered (there is video) when we shot down a passenger airliner carrying 290 passengers, dropping all of them into the Persian Gulf?  Of course.  We did it out of love; you know it; because we are a righteous country.

Today our closest ally in the region is led by a right-wing neo-con (Benjamin Netanyahu) who keeps saying he sees no option but to bomb Iran…. he is our closet ally because we love him; we are a righteous country.

Israel has a couple of hundred nukes and has started  several “preventive/pre-emptive wars” with first strikes against its neighbors in 1957, 1967 and 1982, not to mention targeted strikes on nuclear facilities in Iraq and Syria. We hold them as our closest ally because we love them; we are a righteous country….

Here at home, our right-wing is festooned with senior leaders who have both joked and threatened in all seriousness to bomb Iran.  Again, in all seriousness, …we only threaten because we are a righteous country……

We also managed to prosecute a disastrous war with Iran’s neighbor to the west (Iraq) which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.  Our stated goal:  regime change..  We were justified of course; we are a righteous countryand right makes might.

America is so good, one simply has to be the opposite, super-bad, to disagree with us..  If you don’t do what we say, you ARE the axis of evil. After all, America is a righteous country… There is no possible reason any nation could ever have to mistrust us…..

Yet despite this gigantic behemoth of mistrust existing between our two countries, the Obama administration was still able to hammer out a deal beneficial for both parties… That is far more of a miracle than the fact that some people out of an ancient Illuminati oath made with Netanyahu, are bent to undo it….

Truth is: we don’t need Israel; they’re nothing but trouble. Always have been; always will be.  Longterm peace in the Middle East solely depends on a moderate and engaging Iran!

In World War II there was a contingent primarily in Patton’s Third Army that wanted to turn on the Russians and fight them immediately after the surrender of the Nazis because they were terrible people and could not be trusted…

Likewise all during the cold war there were elements in the Pentagon in control of our nuclear weapons who insisted, that we must strike the USSR first without any provocation.   We had to wipe them out or they would do it to us because they were terrible people and could not be trusted…

Then, when the first George Bush stopped at the border of Kuwait and did not invade Iraq to capture Baghdad, the gunslingers were all calling it a grave mistake, stupid to the core, because we had them beat and should have captured their country. They called it treason, and demanded we nuke Baghdad.  The Iraqis were terrible people and could not be trusted.

And when news leaked out about Iran’s centrifuges, the US and Israel immediately called for the nuking of that alleged bomb making site…. and Cheney sent 2 nuclear carrying carriers into the Gulf of Sidra creating enough of a crises one General said he would REFUSE to follow Cheney’s order to nuke Iran.  Remember that?

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And if we had followed those tacks.

We would fought the Russians for years and they would win… Just like they won against Hitler by absorbing the army deep into it’s interior, cutting it off and killing it. Then pushing back to take all of Europe. There would be no US to stop them.  We would have to re-supply across an Ocean, they could simply use rail…  They would wind up with the German’s rocket technology; not us.

It called for turning on our friend after we had killed off our common enemy… Like who does that? (Outside of corporate?)

And if we’d unleashed a massive surprise attack, we would have missed significant silos; we know this from their post-collapse intelligence… They would have wiped out metropolitan America…  So we would have engaged nuclear Armageddon without provocation.  No winners. All losers. And for a false cause.

And had we gone all the way into Iraq in the First War, violating our own agreement with all our allies saying we’d stop at the border, well, we saw how long the occupation of the 2nd Iraq War lasted.  And that was a war we launched planned down to the tiniest detail; not by going in on the spur of the moment by the wing of our pants… Right now, all that blood; all that sacrifice of the 2nd Iraq War which we now know from people who’ve since left office, was just for oil.  And we still can’t get our hands on it…  (They sell to China).

And had we nuked the deserts of Iran…. we be living insided because of the strontium 90 embedded in our outdoors around the entire world… And the radical Islamic dictator would have been overwhelmingly re-elected and would be fighting us now. Plus the entire world (sans Israel and the US) would smuggle nuclear fissionable material into Iran or just sell them a bomb to provided parity and balance because that is the only way the US can be held in check….

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All of these fears had no truth of facts behind them. The wisdom of not following through with what looked like good common sense, can be seen today by stepping out your front door and looking around… No Strontium 90.  No collapsed economies from 60 continuous years of Soviet war. No more Soviet Union, which eventually collapsed because we befriended them and without our threat to coalesce around, they had no further use and disappeared.

We were wise to back down from war….

Children are alive today who would not be here if we’d attacked Russia.  Our economy would not be the number one in the world if we’d lost New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, St. Louis, Seattle,  and Newark, New Jersey.  We still have democracy which probably wouldn’t have lasted during a 60 year atomic war…

So, dealing with ones enemies is a good thing….

Which is why, we must give the Iran Deal a shot… Everyone knows that when you negotiate for a deal, you don’t send in your clowns.  You weigh your best options.  The deal is a step just as was Reykjavik… Remember all the gigantic hate the press heaped on Ronald Reagan, for … “negotiating with the Soviets”  because they were terrible people and couldn’t be trusted?

Those same people hold Reagan now up to hero status…

In business one always deals with one’s enemies.  That is because there is money involved and against money in business, nothing trumps.. Hatred?  One can put up with it if making money.  Mistrust?  One can put up with it if making money. Fear?  One can put up with it if making money.

Politics and treaties work the same way… We recognize we are different.  We realize that both of us benefit if the deal goes through; and both of us lose if the deal does not…

The naysayers like Chris Coons, are stuck on the silly notion that we can’t be seen to give up more they they do… We have to be the winners and give up absolutely nothing;  they have to be the losers and give up all.

That arrangement does not work in marriage.  That does not work in raising kids.  That does not work in running a business. And that does not work anywhere outside of fictional TV drama, where unfortunately our junior Senator from Delaware and those other Democrats in the thrall of AIPAC, heads all seems to be stuck.

We survived vis a vis against the Soviet Union. We survived vis a vis against Communist China.  We can survive vis a vis the really wonderful people of Iran…  Do you not even know how marvelous those very civilized people are?  Oh. you watch Fox News…. you big fool.

 

The plural of Vanilla Ice would be pronounced ….. Vanilla Ice’s (or ISIS)…
They ran out of Vanilla in the Syrian desert….

Tough group, aren’t they? If they walked down my street like this, I too would hide….

Recently all of Delaware called out Chris Coons for supporting war with Iran.

He has now pulled his support from that piece of legislation..

  • Obama promised to veto that bill last night in his State of the Union.
  • Two others pulled out today as well: Sen. james Manchin (D-WV) and  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

“But he acknowledged that moving the bill now would interfere with a deal in place between Iran and six world powers, including the United States. Under that six-month deal, Iran has agreed to scale back its uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranian leaders have already warned that congressional action involving new sanctions would sink the current deal, which would leave the U.S. with few options for resolving concerns with Iran other than going to war.

“I think, to the extent that we simply excite the distance and the tension between the Congress and administration on this, that doesn’t serve our shared view of making certain that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapons capability,” Coons said.”

It’s emotionally tough to go back on one’s word, when one realizes one has made a mistake.  However, It is intellectually stupid NOT to do so.

Hat’s off to Chris Coons for listening to the right angel whispering in his ear……

Chis Coons Off-The-Cuff and Unwise Decision

Courtesy of the Economist (since removed)

There is an old saying I’m fond of repeating….

It takes great courage to stand up to one’s enemies.  It takes even greater courage to stand up to one’s friend….

Chris Coons, Delaware’s Junior Senator who happens to be up for election this year, apparently lacks that amount of courage.  (The Senior Senator, with more experience, does not seem to lack that courage (maybe from all those flights in a C-135…))

The bill known as the Schumer-Kirk-Menendez Bill is a poison pill designed to break the sanctioned negotiations with Iran.  It was written, paid for, and lobbied by Israel.  It has only one purpose and one purpose only;  to put limitations on the President and Secretary of State in their negotiations over Iran’s non-proliferation….

(It is now dead btw.  It does not have enough votes to override a Presidential veto…)

Sadly it shows we have kooks in our Senate running our foreign affairs, and unfortunately for Delaware, one of ours is one…. By kooks, I mean people who sign on to a bill without reading it, (probably not one’s regular definition of kook).

But a kook he is….

Benefit for signing on?  A) money for campaigns and B) protection from the whacky Christian right (think O’Donnell)…  If the bill were dead in the water, if it were just for a show, I could see some sensibility in trying to look good to a certain “whacky” constituency.  After all, sad to say, that is political reality. One has to do, what one has to do….

But this bill would do severe damage.  This bill would allow the nuclear process of Iran to continue.  This bill would keep the sanctions in place, ensuring the nuclear process would indeed be the only option Iran would have at its disposal.

The “zero Iranian enrichment” option demanded by Netanyahu and his allies in the Senate is thus not only a non-starter in negotiating terms, but is not grounded in international law. One must assume that the AIPAC folks who wrote Kirk-Schumer-Menendez understood this, which is why they wrote their bill the way they did — not to “aid” Obama in negotiations as some senators often disingenuously claim, but to kill the negotiations.

We have been cold enemies with Iran a long time.  This negotiation is the equivalent of Ronald Reagan’s reaching out to Gorbachev earlier in our lifetimes.  Imagine if upon Ronnie’s return from Reykjavik, the US Congress bought and paid for by then Communist China, had passed a resolution saying that no thaw could occur until the Soviets dismantled everyone of their nuclear missiles and silos, and destroyed everyone of their Atomic submarines…. We’d still be at war with Russia.

That is the equivalent stupidity of what this piece of legislations does. AND CHRIS COONS SIGNED ON TO IT!  HAS HE LOST HIS FREAKING MIND?

Many of you may not remember but when Ronnie came back, there were a few hawks in the Senate who said exactly what I mentioned above.  BUT WE ALL KNEW THEY WERE KOOKS….

Like the pontifications of Ted Cruz today, nobody, nobody, nobody of any import, took them seriously.  Reagan was instead encouraged by the majority to go forward and meet with Gorbachev again…

Unlike those fine statesmen of the 80’s, our Senate is bought and paid for and according to Diane Feinstein, has apparently sworn to AIPAC put the cause of Israel above our own interests! And it is not to all of Israel’s interests they subscribe … it is strictly the war-mongering Conservative Hawks in Israel to whom they subscribe… Close to fifty percent of Israel is not Conservative!…. Simon Peres who recently passed, once led the other half of Israel, the half  which sees progress involving cooperation and diplomacy.  Israel’s Conservatives only get power when there is a crises involving war.  That is behind their drumbeat for war with Iran.  If in the middle of constant conflict, they can keep their hold of the Knesset. But once cooperation appears fruitful…. oops… out they go….

And so somehow they get Chris Coons to sign on to derailing the negotiations…. They got all the Republicans and a number of Democrats.  At one point they gloated they had 77, a veto proof majority….

The bill argues for the US to declare war on Iran, if Israel attacks it..

REALLY CHRIS COONS?  YOU SAID WE WRONGLY WENT TO IRAQ FOR 9/11. NOW YOU COMMIT US TO ANOTHER, VERY MAJOR, AND AGAINST A SMART ENEMY, A 1000 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN THE AFGHANISTAN TALIBAN, JUST IF ISRAEL SENDS A MISSION INTO IRAN?

The US, according to this provision, “should stand with Israel and provide…diplomatic, military, and economic support” should Israel launch a preventative war against Iran in what it deems to be self-defense. Though this language is in the nonbinding “Findings” section of the bill, its sense is to partially delegate to the government of Israel a decision that would take the United States to war with Iran. Senators report that AIPAC’s advocacy of the bill has been intensive, even by its usual standard.….

If Chris had not listened to AIPAC, and listened to Allan Loudell of WDEL he probably would have known that Iran is at the negotiation table because the Iranian people demand it, by voting for the one candidate who promised to try to end their isolation. They want to be on more friendly terms with the West. A more cooperative Iran could yield any number of real benefits, including help in stabilizing Afghanistan (which we will need on the way out), the possibility of tamping down the civil war in Syria, and perhaps above all as positive role model of a modernizing and democratizing Islamic state—something of clearly global historical significance. Not to mention economic benefits for U.S. companies…..

SO CHRIS COONS… WE HAVE A BREAK-THROUGH FOR PEACE WITH VERY TANGIBLE BENEFITS BECAUSE A DEMOCRATIC NATION THREW OUT THEIR TOTALITARIAN, AND WE GET LOCKED INTO GOING TO WAR IF THE CONSERVATIVES OF ISRAEL FEEL THE NEED TO CHALLENGE IRAN, THEN STEP BACK WHILE WE GO IN TO DO ALL THE FIGHTING?  AGAINST A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED REGIME?

What was it I said above?   Yes.  ARE YOU FREAKING OUT OF YOUR MIND?

Lots of love back at you. Just don’t let it happen again, ok?

I came across this post while searching for root causes in the Middle East. I have noticed that with the outgoing Bush now tainted as a target of shoes and other things, domestically there has been much more vocal sympathy for the Palestinians now than I can remember ever hearing before….

I can remember when Palestinians were not thought of highly at all, and all assumed that Israel could do no wrong.

Things change.

Apparently AP Wireservices miss-translated and juggled this headline in an effort to tie Iran to the killing of Jews…

The author of this post, juxtaposes AP’s headline with that from the Iranian newspaper itself…

Here is the Iranian Paper:

In separate phone calls to IRNA, students from universities of Tehran, Mashhad and Kerman announced their readiness to undertake operations in defense of the people of Gaza.

Here is the AP report:

Hard-line Iranian student groups have appealed to the government to authorize volunteer suicide bombers to leave Iran and fight against Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. . . .

Five hard-line student groups and a conservative clerical group launched a registration drive on Monday, seeking volunteers to carry out suicide attacks against Israel.

I’ve heard of journalistic leaps …. but from AP?…From where did you get the notion of “suicide”? Where did you get the clue there were “bombers”? How did you get “attacks against Israel” out of the words “in defense of the people of Gaza” ? One has to laugh. AP’s statement has the same validity as if Pravda back in August had headlined that the University of Delaware’s Young Republicans’ Club, was sending volunteers to blow themselves up in Moscow train stations in order to protest the Georgian invasion…. If Pravda were to go to press with such a silly story…. I sure not one Muscovite would believe it….No one would… And I would certainly hope that our nation is perhaps a tiny bit more sophisticated than the average vodka infused citizen of Moscow (Za Vas)? 🙂

So why is AP doing this? To drive a wedge into America’s new found sympathy to the Palestinian cause? Or, do they just get their translations from these people and print them?

Bottom line: after being told that there were WMD’s in Iraq back in 2002, and that Iran was close to detonating a nuclear device in May 2007…..you can’t trust anything these guys say.

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