Joe Lieberman Blasts Iran Deal, Says Schumer Is Key To Stopping It

by William Teach | July 26, 2015 8:42 am

Since the Iran deal was announced, leaders in Iran, including Ayatollah Khamenei, have been tweeting and yammering about death to America, death to Israel on a constant basis. Khamenei just sent a tweet[1] featuring Obama with a gun to his head. There have been threats, along with rejoicing that Iran won. And Iran has stated that this deal won’t change Iran’s stance towards the U.S. in the least. Joe Leiberman doesn’t’ think too much about the deal, and wants it stopped

(The Hill[2]) Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is pressuring a top Senate Democrat to buck the Obama administration on its Iran nuclear deal to ensure a safer future for Israel.

Lieberman, the Senate’s first Orthodox Jew, blasted the agreement with Iran on “The Cats Roundtable” with host John Catsimatidis on New York’s AM 970.

He said the deal could be effectively blocked with the help of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“I think it opens the way for a lot of other Democrats to oppose it as well,” Lieberman said of his longtime colleague, who is also Jewish. “Chuck is the key.”

Schumer, who is likely to become the Senate’s next top Democrat, faces a major dilemma over the nuclear deal. He is both a key ally to both Israel and the White House, facing pressure from both sides on the deal.

Mr. Leiberman wrote an op-ed[3] in the Hartford Courant on July 19th, saying how bad this deal is and that they should start again. And that was prior to knowledge of two side deals coming to light. Surely, there are other side deals. And what Senator Schumer, and other elected Democrats, must consider is that Obama and Kerry are gone come January 20, 2017, yet this deal will still be there, with all the consequences, and so will Schumer and other elected Democrats. If they choose to allow this really, really, really bad deal to stand, the consequences are on them.

In the Washington Post, Carl Bernstein[4] has written about two biographies of Richard Nixon and his “tormented path”. Bernstein isn’t impressed with the books, and writes

Newly released Nixon tapes, recently declassified oral histories of his aides (especially those of the mysterious Thomas Charles Huston) and previously withheld portions of H.R. Haldeman’s diaries illuminate as never before that Vietnam and Watergate are inextricably linked in the Nixon presidency. They are an intertwined tale — one story — of sordid abuse of presidential power, vengeance, cynicism and lawlessness. Nixon conducted the Vietnam War and presided over the crimes of Watergate with the same ruthless mind-set, scorched-earth sensibility and disdain for established governmental institutions and their proper functioning. Not to mention paranoia, chaos and recklessness.

Remember what the Articles of Impeachment[5] for Nixon covered. Obstruction of justice, 9 difference charges. Abuse of power, 5 points, including the notation that he failed to follow the Oath of Office for the POTUS. Contempt of Congress, for failing to respond to subpoenas. Why is this relevant? Put into perspective Nixon’s actions. Consider the freakout over 18 minutes of missing recording tape. Then consider what Andrew McCarthy writes

Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran[6]
By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America’s enemy.

McCarthy lays out his case, and, if we compare this to Nixon’s actions, we can easily see that what Obama has done, with just the Iran deal, Obama’s actions are considerably worse than Nixon’s. Did Nixon give aid and comfort to America’s enemies? No. Team Obama knows of the side deals, ones which will not be submitted to Congress, in violation of law. 18 minutes of tape? Pfft. Grade school shenanigans in comparison.

Now consider this: Under cover of this IAEA ruse, Obama ran to the Security Council and rammed through a resolution commencing implementation of his Iran deal before Congress or the American people could consider it. He thus undermined American sovereignty and the Constitution by scheming to impose an international-law fait accompli. And he thus undermined American national security by transferring his inspection commitments to an international agency that he knows is not close to being capable of executing them [7]— an agency that will be further hampered by notice restrictions that, as Charles Krauthammer concludes, render the inspections “farcica[8]l” in any event.

The Constitution forbids providing aid and comfort to America’s enemies. And the Framers’ notion that a president would be punishable for deceiving Congress regarding the conduct of foreign affairs meant that lawmakers would be obliged to use their constitutional powers to protect the United States — not merely shriek on cable television as if they were powerless spectators.


At the end of the day, Obama has made U.S. security weaker, and has simply kicked the can for a nuclear armed Iran down the road, while making sure that Iran is flush with cash to spend on their terrorism programs.

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