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Senate Democrats are as Dumb as Republicans on Iran

Democrats defy White House, move on sanctions on Iran.

Senate Democrats defy White House, move on sanctions on Iran.

“If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose between military options or allowing Iran’s nuclear program to proceed.” [Huffington Post]

IT DOESN’T get any more depressing than this when it comes to Middle East policy. The Senate, led by Democrats, now seems to have a veto-proof majority on the Iran sanctions bill that will screw the Obama administration and place Secretary John Kerry’s efforts on nuclear weapons and Iran in jeopardy.

The statement by Ms. Meehan has it right. Confrontation is what Democratic and Republican senators obviously want or they wouldn’t be so stupid as to give the reformers the finger.

A group of national security experts sent a letter to the Senate this past week asking them to pull the Iran sanctions bill.

Earlier I wrote what Robin Wright had to say about the current situation with Iran if WMD negotiations fail. One point she made was that it would lead to less freedom for women in Iran if the hardliners win, which can only happen with America’s help.

Democrats went a long way to scuttling Iranian reform by signing on to the sanctions bill in the middle of negotiations. It’s nothing less than diplomatic malpractice.

The statement of Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman:

This bill is in direct contradiction to the Administration’s work to peacefully resolve the international community’s concerns with Iran’s nuclear program. We know that this proposed legislation would divide the international community, drive the Iranians to take a harder line, and possibly end negotiations. This bill would have a negative bearing on the sanctions regime too. Let us not forget: sanctions work because we convinced our partners to take the steps that we seek. If our partners no longer believe that we are serious about finding a negotiated solution, then our sanctions regime would suffer.

If Congress passes this bill, it will be proactively taking an action that will make diplomacy less likely to succeed. The American people have been clear that they prefer a peaceful resolution to this issue. If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so. Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose between military options or allowing Iran’s nuclear program to proceed.

The President has been clear that he has a responsibility to fully test whether we can achieve a comprehensive solution through diplomatic means, before he pursues alternatives. Passing new sanctions legislation right now will undermine our efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution.

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8 Responses to Senate Democrats are as Dumb as Republicans on Iran

  1. Ramsgate January 11, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    It is clear that some people (The Israelis and their supporters) will settle for nothing less than war with Iran.

    Obama should call them out. Or at least make that very clear to the American people.

    • Taylor Marsh January 11, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      Statement by Meehan is spectacular.

  2. LiberalJoe January 11, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    TM- you are so correct.

    Never underestimate the gross stupidity that DC Dems display at the most inopportune time.

    This stupidity borders on being the dumbest mother%^&*$#@ on the planet. Their are so many toxic variables in this- not wanting to seem week on Iran lest some rightwing asshole yells mean things at them on TV, not wanting to lose the AIPAC money, knowing that they will not be shot at in a shooting war-and most likely neither will their kids, I could go on. Then they’ll go on the news shows and mealy mouth their reasons for voting for this saying ” this was a difficult decision and they did so with extreme trepidation,,,” BS. They are cowards and venal idiots.

    Who doesn’t want to give peace a chance-Our elected Dems in the Senate it appears, because a significant majority of Americans are tired of War and do not want War with Iran. Pres Obama and Sec Kerry are trying to do great things here only to be stabbed in the back by the Brutus’s in their own party.

    And god forbid no one will say that the biggest impediment to peace with Iran is Israel/Netanhyau

    I am from NYS and Chuck Schumer has turned out to be the biggest %^&*$# piece of $%^& in the Senate. He blocks progressive legislation at every turn, he never met a corporate give away he didn’t like-he has head so far up corporate asses his eye’s look at their mouths, he is The Dem bagman for Wall Street fighting reform and against taxing or punishing the firms at every turn, He voted to repeal Glass Steagall. Now he is opening his mouth against Bill DeBlasio’s efforts to raise taxes on the 1% to fund universal pre-k. Please STFU Schumer.
    I’m totaly surprised to Kirsten Gillibrand as part of this-she usually is smarter than this but I guess she has to show a woman can be as dumb (strong like a man and buy into their logic?) as a man on issues as this.

    When Schumer was elected and defeated Al D’Amato it was a belief amongst dems who voted for him that we would get a much different Senator. Sadly we were wrong. Chuck Schumer is just like Al D’Amato in so many ways I call him Chuck D’Amato. D’Amato was right about Schumer-he is a putz and if your from Brooklyn/NYC like Schumer is and can’t take being called a putz you’re a p*&^y.

    Schumer fries me like no other politician-to paraphrase Henry II regarding St Thomas Beckett
    Will no one rid us of this troublesome Senator ( primary him and defeat him in the primary not physical violence)

    God we need a new Senior Senator form NYS

    • Ramsgate January 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      LiberalJoe: This is pitch perfect.

      I absolutely agree w/you on Schumer.

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter January 11, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Hey….the 51st State wants a war and gal dang it they will get a war!

  4. fangio January 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    We fight wars and China makes all the money. We fight wars and our children are starved for both nutrition and education. We fight wars and the world passes us by. The more wars we fight the smaller we become in the world’s eye. We will have to learn the same lesson Britain learned , only for us it will be harder and the suffering of the people greater.

  5. ladywalker68 January 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    WTF???? We don’t need another stinking WAR for God’s sake!

    I completely agree with you Taylor and with LiberalJoe’s comment of: “This stupidity borders on being the dumbest mother%^&*$#@ on the planet!”

  6. mjsmith January 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Here is the Senate Foreign Relations Commitee

    Robert Menendez – Chairman

    Ranking Member – Bob Corker

    Barbara Boxer
    Benjamin L. Cardin
    Jeanne Shaheen
    Christopher Coons
    Richard J. Durbin
    Tom Udall
    Chris Murphy
    Tim Kaine
    Edward J. Markey
    James E. Risch
    Marco Rubio
    Ron Johnson
    Jeff Flake
    John McCain
    John Barrasso
    Rand Paul

    If I had my way, I would replace McCain and Rand Paul.

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