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March 2, 2014 - 3:51 pm
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WASHINGTON — The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee cast heavy doubt on the prospects for Iran fulfilling the six-month nuclear agreement currently underway, with Democratic Ranking Member Eliot Engel (N.Y.) stressing “we should be under no illusion that somehow these are nice people and everything is wonderful.”

Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) recounted how Congress perpetually had to lean on the executive branch to agree to tough enough sanctions on the Islamic Republic in the first place, from the Clinton administration to the present day.

“The great irony for me is those who were opposed for so many years now say it’s the sanctions that got the Iranians to the table,” Royce said alongside Engel at a panel at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington on Sunday.

Royce stressed that they would have ever greater leverage at the bargaining table if sanctions hadn’t been “watered down” and lamented the stall of tougher sanctions passed in the House at the end of July on an overwhelming vote of 400-20. “I think we lost the opportunity by not forcing that action sooner,” he said of its death in the Senate.

Engel brought up the words of Ronald Reagan, “Trust but verify.”

“I don’t trust them and we need to verify,” the New York Democrat said. “Congress obviously plays a very, very important role in the struggle to make sure Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapon.”

He expressed disappointment in the sanctions relief included in the interim deal by the Obama administration. “I was hoping we could keep the pressure on while negotiations are going on,” Engel continued. “…It’s the same regime and we need to know that before we can deal with them effectively.”

Royce said a key congressional concern is “that once you start the process” of a sanctions rollback “it would be an excuse for everyone to beat a path to Iran’s door.”

“Anyone who makes investments in Iran is likely to lose that investment,” the chairman said, comparing the current situation to when Congress had to override dragging diplomacy “to get the job done with respect to moving South Africa in a different direction.”

“It’s quite unlikely that Iran is going to comply to the requirements we’re seeking here,” Royce said. “…If they don’t play ball, at the end of the day we need to move forward.”

Engel said what especially bothers him is not the administration pledge that no deal is better than a bad deal, but what will constitute a “bad deal.” He called it an “ominous” sign that “as we’re sitting and talking they continue to enrich.”

“It should not have been too much to say to the Iranians ‘while we’re talking, you stop enriching,’” he said, adding he also doesn’t want to see a “deal that freezes their program at 96%.”

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Enough of the notion that the conduct of our foreign affairs is characterized by incompetence, naiveté, buffoonery, amateurism, wishful thinking, or whatever. Face it, just as is so with our domestic travesties, our foreign affairs actions are being instituted according to plan and design and are yielding success relative to the global leftist agenda. When a pundit writes of this administration’s “failings” it causes one to wonder how far they are behind the reality curve. We endured this behind-the-curve thinking for years before it has just now started to sink-in with the critics that all that they thought that was failed domestic policy was in fact planned policy. Now we seem to be starting all over again with the same slow uptake of assessment on events in the foreign realm. It’s frustrating!

Little wonder that Obama has so much time for vacations and golf when, in his world, things are on auto-pilot and going just wonderfully relative to what he was placed in position to do. We are witness to the greatest con-artist that ever walked on the planet. Give the man this recognition and judge his actions accordingly.
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At the end of six months what will WE get?

An Iran closer to, if not completed with...a nuclear bomb.

An Iran out of a sanctions that was working and which will NEVER be put back in that bottle.

An Iranian power axis across the entire Middle East...once freed to rampage unfettered, another situation that will NEVER be put back in the bottle.

A China and a Russia that have flexed their muscles, kicked sand in our faces and combine to form a protection racket with Iran.

And...the navel-gazing, halting, hesitant... pondering whether men and women who have hated America and Israel all their lives...ALLOWED this to happen.

They didn't.

They CAUSED it. The traitors who married radical leftism with radical Islam in EVERY move they have made and have weakened America to tee it up...have had cover provided for them by the conspirators in media, academia, Hollywood and the Democratic Party.

Anarchists and totalitarians are out of the closet, but STILL people say that it's tinfoil hat stuff to talk about the obvious overthrow.

Iran is a chess piece. Six months to checkmate.
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Obvious answer to the question - a "Good Deal" with Iran will be defined as not mentioned by the press, come next November.
1 year ago
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Barack Obama has always wanted a nuclear Iran, and he is near to achieving that goal if he has not already done so.

Any Congress person, House or Senate Republican or Democrat, who has not been aware of that for the last five years has not been paying attention---and any Congress person, House or Senate, Republican or Democrat, who has not strained every sinew to prevent Obama from achieving a nuclear Iran is just as guilty as he is.

Given that American Jews overwhelmingly and stupidly vote for Democrats, the Democrats who have benefited from Jewish money and Jewish voter support are, as members of the President's own party, the most culpable for permitting/enabling Obama to pursue this course of madness.
1 year ago
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Have you heard any American Jew who voted for him express any regret? Did you hear anyone talk about what Kerry said about BDS?
1 year ago
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So Democrat politicians are crying now. They helped put Obama in charge, to heck with them
1 year ago
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Enough of the notion that the conduct of our foreign affairs is characterized by incompetence, naiveté, buffoonery, amateurism, wishful thinking, or whatever. Face it, just as is so with our domestic travesties, our foreign affairs actions are being instituted according to plan and design and are yielding success relative to the global leftist agenda. When a pundit writes of this administration’s “failings” it causes one to wonder how far they are behind the reality curve. We endured this behind-the-curve thinking for years before it has just now started to sink-in with the critics that all that they thought that was failed domestic policy was in fact planned policy. Now we seem to be starting all over again with the same slow uptake of assessment on events in the foreign realm. It’s frustrating!

Little wonder that Obama has so much time for vacations and golf when, in his world, things are on auto-pilot and going just wonderfully relative to what he was placed in position to do. We are witness to the greatest con-artist that ever walked on the planet. Give the man this recognition and judge his actions accordingly.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
We endured this behind-the-curve thinking for years before it has just now started to sink-in with the critics that all that they thought that was failed domestic policy was in fact planned policy. Now we seem to be starting all over again with the same slow uptake of assessment on events in the foreign realm. It’s frustrating! SNIP

Of course it's planned! When I first became aware of FCMABBHO, I knew immediately that he was an anti-American creep who would do his dead-level best to bring down this nation should he get the chance.
1 year ago
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Let's not put too much emphasis on, "“Other countries now feel that we’re abandoning them in the Middle East.”

It's impossible to know what that politician's vague statement means without knowing, specifically, which countries he has in mind.
Certainly he doesn't mean [sarc. alert] those stalwart allies - Karzai's Afghanistan or Maliki's Iraq.
Post World War Two trends, i.e. post The Marshall Plan, seem to indicate that our allies are more interested in our United States cash [cache] transfers than they are in expressing any loyal gratitude for our National efforts on their behalf, one might say since 1917. [Yes, I keep bringing that up....]
The British at least have supported us with troops and materiel to the best of their current abilities. The French remain in their accustomed griping-about -anything-American-mode. Except when they want something. Who knows what was cooked up by that recent visit from the French delegation at the White House?
The Saudi's? ......they're so opaque as to rival the Chinese. The Qataris? Yemenis?

Shifting sand dunes, the whole lot of 'em...these "other countries....".
1 year ago
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At the end of six months what will WE get?

An Iran closer to, if not completed with...a nuclear bomb.

An Iran out of a sanctions that was working and which will NEVER be put back in that bottle.

An Iranian power axis across the entire Middle East...once freed to rampage unfettered, another situation that will NEVER be put back in the bottle.

A China and a Russia that have flexed their muscles, kicked sand in our faces and combine to form a protection racket with Iran.

And...the navel-gazing, halting, hesitant... pondering whether men and women who have hated America and Israel all their lives...ALLOWED this to happen.

They didn't.

They CAUSED it. The traitors who married radical leftism with radical Islam in EVERY move they have made and have weakened America to tee it up...have had cover provided for them by the conspirators in media, academia, Hollywood and the Democratic Party.

Anarchists and totalitarians are out of the closet, but STILL people say that it's tinfoil hat stuff to talk about the obvious overthrow.

Iran is a chess piece. Six months to checkmate.
1 year ago
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Obama's long-con is unraveling quickly ... his administration is toast.
1 year ago
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Engel said many good things here. I commend him for that.

Indeed, the *worst* possible outcome will be a "bad" deal with Iran which I have no doubt Obama is driving for. He wants *anything* but being put into a position where he might have to order a military strike. Why? I'm not so sure. But once a bad deal is in place, it will be *extremely* difficult for Israel to then strike Iran.

Thank G-d though that the majority of this country, and due to our democracy, the majority of the Congress is pro-Israeli these days.

It's my opinion that the country has gotten more pro-Israeli in direct proportion with the increase of news becoming available due the internet. That is, prior to the internet the liberal MSM (Mainstream Media) was overwhelmingly in control of all news and "facts" that the public could hear. Now, we're practically at the other extreme (although the trend continues) such that one can find a very large number of sources of news and facts completely independent from the MSM.

In short "the truth will out" -- and it's only become technically feasible in the past 10 - 20 years for the public to *gain access* to that truth via alternate sources. If you believe this as I do, it's truly a terrible condemnation of the MSM.

It's a tribute to the clout they still do have however, that their pulling so strongly for Obama in both elections proved very helpful. That and their effective moratorium on any "Obama-negative" news is (hopefully) their last gasp at effecting large control.
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