Though it seems clear that the hawks will not have enough votes to block the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama’s attempts to sell the pact to undecided members of Congress is picking up pace, with reports of a new round of letters to Congressmen promising various measures.
The centerpiece of the letter is to assure to the various Congressmen that the possibility of the US attacking Iran unilaterally remains open with or without the deal, assuring that the military option “will remain available” through the life of the pact and beyond.
Beyond this, the president promised significant increases in military aid to Israel if the deal goes through, saying he considers Israeli security “sacrosanct” and wants to accelerate funding for various programs that are part of Israel’s military aid.
Though the Israel Lobby is putting many millions of dollars behind the campaign to lobby Congress against the Iran deal, the chances of getting a veto-proof majority to block the pact are rapidly drying up. Despite this, the administration seems to continue to believe that threatening Iran with military action after making a diplomatic deal with them somehow raises their credibility in the negotiations, or at the very least will be sufficient to placate the opponents of diplomacy. Since many of those opponents will accept nothing short of an actual war, dangling the possibility of one at them seems more likely to just keep them riled up.
16 thoughts on “In Letters to Congressmen, Obama Pledges More Money for Israel, Talks Up Attacking Iran”
How the hell in Gods name can these people give MORE money to Israel, when we have USA citizens…not dual that are really hurting here in this country??? Answer this question IF you can or are you getting quid pro quo for your vote?
Because these people put the first black president at the white house to do their bids for
Pathetic. But I guess that's his job to play this silly game.
This is not his JOB to protect Israel at the expense of the USA citizens. If he does he is a traitor.
Such loose talk by the head of a major world power is an outrage, and a threat to world peace. To constantly dangle the possibility that the head of the world's largest military will attack another sovereign country without provocation is something that the UN or ICC should loudly condemn and punish. No other world bodies seem to have the authority.
The constant throwing of large amounts of cash at Israel is beyond ridiculous. It seems that fear of Israeli reactions are driving US decision-making. For goodness sake, we've got a country to run here. Are there no leaders with even a modicum of courage?
Obama has to give money to Israel to bribe Congress. Wouldn't it be cheaper to bribe the Congressmen on their own accounts? One suspects that Bibi's opposition to the agreement , that most Israeli Intel experts think does not harm Israel's security and opens economic opportunities, is just a blackmailing ploy to extract more money from Americans. Congress critters, and likely Obama, more and more seem to be bagmen for Tel Aviv.
Nothing justifies this action or behavior. Dear Congress and Senators: ” you all better not”.
Why is the Iran deal so important to Obama? Could it be like Iraq Libya(after no sanctions) dropped their defenses and received a send off- bombs away?
I hope he is giving Netanyahu a taste of his own medicine, meaning lies.
Promise more aid. Don't give any more aid. In fact, cut aid.
I can dream. It would be the right thing to do.
The Iran agreement makes the area safer for Israel but we need to give billions of dollars more to Israel so they can build more nuclear weapons, buy more submarines capable of launching nuclear tipped missiles, and find more ways to slaughter innocent Palestinian women and children. We also need to release their spy, Pollard, even though Israel promised to return all the documents he stole so we could do an appropriate damage assessment. Of course, Israel reneged on the promise.
The zionist fifth column knows that the agreement will go through. This is just a very clever way to extract more money and concessions (Pollard, more appointments of zionists in senior government positions like Nuland and other secret deals we will never know about).
While Obama may not like Netanyahoo, he has been bought and paid for by the zionists from the very beginning. His biggest supporters in his 2008 campaign were the Pritzkers and Crowns, both uber zionist supporters. He was even referred to as the first "Jewish President". His "courage" in the face of the Lobby is all just Kabuki.
Disgusting,shameful and downright counter productive to any peace deal.Oh but Im sure weapons share holders just love this news.
Evil begets evil.
Who's David and who's Goliath ?
Can anyone make sense of this scenario
I really am confused who's who.
The astuteness of javad zarif diplomacy is far reaching,
Iranian foreign diplomacy since Ayatollah has been unparalleled and superior
from 79 hostage crisis, 90s- 2003 Iraq invasion to nuclear negotiations without any support emanating from EU/USA instead they got deep animosity and pressure from ME two behemoth KSA & Israel.
Iran may seem to the naked eye that they won the battle of negotiation, but Ayatollah legacy is far and beyond , so far they swam over all the tides, they got Iraq without firing a shot.
Divided, congress, Bibi/Obama, various lobby groups, EU/USA,
Iran's march will only get stronger, EU giants are flocking Tehran for business
While EU BDS movement is gaining ground
USA is punishing the BDS signatories further hurting its economy.
Iran vs Israel / USA / KSA political ethics' vector is too apparent to predict.
This is the same guy who has been obsessed with cutting SS since the day he took office even though it's not even part of the federal budget. In other words, take the money of elderly Americans and give it to Israel's apartheid government so they can abuse the Palestinians and start wars.
In the letter, also Obama pledged enhanced military cooperation with Israel, whose prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been a leading critic of the agreement.
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