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Thursday, March 26, 2015

NY's Senator Schumer Breaks With Obama On Bill Requiring Congressional Approval Of Iran Deal

In a blow to President Obama, New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced that he will co-sponsor the ‘Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015,’ (embedded below). The bill requires that any final deal with Iran must be submitted to Congress.

The President has said he would veto such a bill as he doesn't believe the congress has the right to advise and consent on this "agreement" because he is not calling it a treaty.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he is cosponsoring the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which requires the President to submit the details of the Iran deal to Congress. Schumer has already publicly announced support for the legislation, which prohibits the President from suspending or reducing congressional sanctions on Iran for sixty days while Congress reviews the deal. Schumer today said that it is absolutely critical to prevent a nuclear Iran because it is an existential threat to Israel, would further destabilize an already volatile region, and is a strategic threat to the United States. Schumer explained that the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, sponsored by U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), will help ensure congressional review of the final Iran deal before it is put into place. Schumer also noted that Congress played a pivotal role in crafting the sanctions regime, which brought Iran to the bargaining table, and that changes to that regime should be reviewed by it.

“We must do everything to prevent a nuclear Iran and so any potential agreement must prevent Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. Congress played a lead role in crafting the tough-and-effective sanctions regime that brought Iran to the table, and Congress should have a role on how those sanctions are altered in any final agreement with Iran. That’s why I strongly support this legislation, which will give Congress the ability to weigh in on any potential Iran deal. This issue is far too important – for the United States, for Israel, for the entire Middle East – for Congress not to have any ability to review a nuclear deal with Iran,” said Senator Schumer.
What is not known is whether or not the Senator will continue to support the bill in a vote to override the president's veto. I have contacted Schumer's communications people for a clarification but it was well after the end of the work day so check back here tomorrow as I will update the post with the Senator's clarification.

President Obama's Budget Proposal Receives Strongest Senate Support EVER

We often criticize President Obama but it would be wrong to report his successes however limited when they occur.

On Tuesday the Senate voted on the budget submitted by President Obama, and his submission received record support in the upper chamber of congress, they voted it down by a vote of 98-1. The only yes vote was Senator Tom Carper (D-DE).

Most years, members of the President's own party considered his budget so lousy they refused to bring his budget to the floor. But the Republicans wanting to make sure the president's ideas had a shot would bring his budget to the floor for their colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

According to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) including the latest vote three time in the past six the president received one vote for his budget which means this week's vote give Obama a tie for his most successful budget presentation yet.

Congratulations Mr. President, the success of your budget submissions parallel the success of your other programs.

In Politico Rep.Steve Israel Claims Support of Jewish State (The Dem Doth Protest Too Much)

Last week Rep. Steven King (R-IA) brought up an issue in public that I have been asked to address countless times in private,  "Here is what I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their President."

Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) self-appointed himself as chief Jew in the Democratic Party caucus and decided to take Rep. King on. In Politico Thursday he claimed Rep. King entered the realm of "Halacha—Jewish law—on what makes a good Jew." Actually Rep. King never mentioned what makes a good or bad Jew, but Steve Israel trying to turn around King's words simply said he did.

Rep. King wasn't even talking about Jews in Congress, but he could have been. In the six and half years Barack Obama has been president I have not seen one Jewish Democrat in congress standing up in public or on the floor of the House or Senate to disagree with the President's anti-Israel policies.  Sen. Schumer did say something on radio once, but it was on a Jewish radio show with a limited audience.

Rep. Israel stated his case:
Especially galling is pronouncements by people who’ve never been to Israel that Democrats like me are failing the loyalty test. I am proud of travelling to Israel countless times, and I’m proud of all the work I have done to strengthen this alliance with Israel by working with members on both sides of the aisle.
However being a supporter of Israel goes way beyond simply traveling to Israel. Since Rep. Israel is a huge expert of Jewish law (or at least claims to be) he probably knows that it says in the Torah, (Leviticus 19:16) “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor's blood is shed.”

Rep. King's statement is correct especially in the case of Rep. Steve Israel.

Steve Israel represents New York's 3rd Congressional district, which at 22% is the third most Jewish district in America, and because it was the NY Democrat who objected to Rep. King's statement, it would be pertinent to look at Steve Israel's record of politics vs. support for Israel.

After his inauguration, President Obama tried to legitimize the group J-Street as an important voice of the Jewish community. Even Alan Dershowitz a strong supporter of Obama, called J-Street "“neither pro-Israel nor pro-peace." Funded by George Soros, since its inception, J-Street tried to fight against Iranian sanctions and even tried to get the Congress to accept the Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of war crimes and was discredited by its author.

Despite its anti-Israel activity, Rep. Israel lent his name (with other Democrats) to J-Street's first ever Gala Dinner. And yet, Honorary Host Committee Rep. Israel still publicly claims to be a big supporter of Israel.

As President Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began to implement what some considered an anti-Israel foreign policy during the first Obama Administration, Steve Israel, who never before had been reluctant to speak out in support of Israel, was strangely silent. Even as Republicans began to stand up to support the Jewish State, Congressman Israel said nothing. Even in May 2010, when President Obama demanded that negotiations begin rather than end with Israel ceding the disputed territories of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, there was plenty of criticism from but not from then-DCCC Chair Steve Israel.

In July 2011 when President Obama got caught trashing the Israeli Prime Minister on a open microphone, Rep. Israel said nothing, he was also silent in 2010 when Netanyahu and a delegation was visiting Obama in the White House and when the President made the unprecedented undiplomatic move of standing up declaring "I'm going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls." I'm still around, Let me know if there is anything new," leaving the entire stunned Israeli delegation to stew in a conference room for over an hour.

During the 2012 election, Rep. Israel joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Reps Andre Carson and Keith Ellison in a Democratic Party fundraiser for CAIR, which during the Holyland terrorist funding trial was name an unindicted co-conspirator because of its connections to the anti-Israel terrorist group Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

There are other examples such as his support of the anti-Semitic Occupy Wall Street as DCCC chair but lets skip to the recent Bibi speech to a Joint Session of Congress as in the Politico piece Israel brags about being on the committee who escorted the Premier into the House chamber, he didn't mention that before the speech Rep. Israel sent a letter to John Boehner that said, in part:
The letter, written by Jewish Congressmen Steve Israel (D-New York), Ted Deutch (D-Florida) and Nita Lowey (D-New York), harshly criticizes Boehner’s moves as “partisan disregard of long-standing protocol.
During that same period, Rep. Israel was silent about Pres. Obama's apparent interference with the Israeli election by allowing former Obama strategist Jeremy Bird to work with the groups One Voice and V15 in Israel to replace the Netanyahu government in March partially funded by Obama's State Department.

Like Rep. King, I would never question Rep. Israel's commitment to Judaism, honestly that is between him and his maker. Personally I do not even question his commitment to the Jewish State. As both a Jew and one of his constituents, I do however question his priorities. What Steve Israel has proved over and over again during the tenure of Barack Obama that protecting his political ambitions by protecting the President's anti-Israel policies is more important than speaking out and demanding Obama change the way he treats an ally like Israel.

Rep. Israel seems to have taken Rep. King's words personally but to paraphrase Shakespeare, The Congressman doth protest too much, me thinks."

Obama Released Israel Nuke Secrets Last Month (Revenge For Bibi Speech ?)

When discussing its nuclear weapons program Israel has always maintained a policy known as "nuclear ambiguity, never officially admitting or denying a  nuclear weapons program. Instead Israel has said it would not be the first country to "introduce" nuclear weapons to the Middle East while never explaining whether the word "introduce" meant develop weapons, or use them in the battlefield. 

In mid-February, perhaps as revenge for the Netanyahu speech at congress President Obama's Department of Defense released a 28-year-old report which not only details Israel's nuclear weapons program but the U.S. participation.

As originally reported in Court House News 
The release comes after Grant Smith, director of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy filed filed a FOIA request last year and followed with a lawsuit in September seeking to compel release of the report. 
In February the US Govt. strangely stopped fighting the release of the report
The government handed over the document in the midst of political controversy involving Israel, after months of fighting its release. The government, represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Jennings and DOD counsel Mark Herrington, had taken the position that confidentiality agreements necessitated a "line by line" review of the report.

Government lawyers then argued that the document's release is optional rather than mandatory, adding that "Diplomatic relations dictate that DoD seeks Israel's review."

In its release, the government redacted sections on NATO countries, with Smith's agreement. The portions relating to Israel provide a detailed and straightforward assessment of that nation's nuclear program. 
According to the 1987 report:
Israel is "developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level," reveals the report, stating that in the 1980s Israelis were reaching the ability to create bombs considered a thousand times more powerful than atom bombs.

The revelation marks a first in which the US published in a document a description of how Israel attained hydrogen bombs.

The report also notes research laboratories in Israel "are equivalent to our Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories," the key labs in developing America's nuclear arsenal.

Israel's nuclear infrastructure is "an almost exact parallel of the capability currently existing at our National Laboratories," it adds.

"As far as nuclear technology is concerned the Israelis are roughly where the U.S. was in the fission weapon field in about 1955 to 1960," the report reveals, noting a time frame just after America tested its first hydrogen bomb.

Institute for Defense Analysis, a federally funded agency operating under the Pentagon, penned the report back in 1987.

Aside from nuclear capabilities, the report revealed Israel at the time had "a totally integrated effort in systems development throughout the nation," with electronic combat all in one "integrated system, not separated systems for the Army, Navy and Air Force." It even acknowledged that in some cases, Israeli military technology "is more advanced than in the U.S."
There is no proof that the US stopped fighting the report's release because Obama wanted revenge for Bibi's speech, but the timing is suspect. Gee with friends like Obama...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Scott Walker: If Elected I Would Toss Out Obama's Iran Deal On Day One

Appearing on Wednesday evening's Hugh Hewitt Show, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that If he ran, and was elected he would cancel any deal President Barack Obama makes with Iran on his first day of office if it allows the rogue nation to continue enriching uranium.
The concept of a nuclear Iran is not only problematic for Iran and certainly for Israel, but it opens the doors. I mean, the Saudis are next, you’re going to have plenty of others in the region. … There is no love lost between the Saudis and the Iranians. And so they are going to want to have a nuclear weapon if the Iranians have a nuclear weapon. This is something that just escalates before our eyes.
Walker also said that the fact the Administration is allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium is a sign they are not as concerned as he is regarding a nuclear Iran saying, "A nuclear Iran is a problem for the entire world, not just for Israel.”