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July 28, 2014

As Obama Presses Senate, Reid Holds Cards Close on Iran

President Barack Obama and his administration are engaged in an all-out press to get the Senate to back off a new round of Iran sanctions which they believe risk unraveling talks and could even prompt war — including a personal appeal to Senate Democrats on Wednesday night.

So far, the White House efforts appear to be holding the line, although Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., continues to hold his cards close to the vest on when, or whether, he might allow a vote on the bipartisan bill by Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., that had been heading toward a veto-proof majority.

“He did spend a little time on the Iran issue,” Reid said of the president.

“As I said Tuesday … people on both sides of this issue are working in good faith to try to come up with a result that’s favorable result,” Reid said. “The result is going to be the fact the Iran is not going to get a nuclear weapon.”

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who is a co-sponsor of the bill, said, “We are united in our goal to not have a nuclear Iran and the new agreement is only in effect for a day or two. That’s all I’d say on that.”

  • adultsroom

    Schumer you are FOS. Here is the truth about the Iran Sanctions bill. Every word of this Peter Beinhart column is worth reading. Shame on the 59 Senators!

    “U.S. Senate sanctions bill is all about torpedoing a nuclear deal with Iran

    How can a bill purportedly aimed at promoting a diplomatic deal with Iran simultaneously pledge unconditional U.S. support for an Israeli attack?

    By Peter Beinart | Jan. 15, 2014 | 2:24 PM

    Which is precisely the point. Whether its supporters realize it or not, thesanctions bill is all about torpedoing a nuclear deal. “If the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran’s nuclear weapon program,” it states, “the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide…diplomatic, military, and economic support.” Why would a bill ostensibly designed to promote a diplomatic agreement simultaneously pledge American support for an Israeli attack? (The bill doesn’t even condition U.S. support for an Israeli strike on diplomatic efforts having failed). And why should a country as war-weary as the United States offer, ex-ante, to join a third Middle Eastern war?

    There’s little reason to believe that many of the 59 senators now backing the Iran sanctions bill have good answers to those questions. It’s up to the American media to ask them now, and thus ensure that, more than a decade after the invasion of Iraq, it is not complicit in another dishonest march to war.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.568762

    • Valerie Steven

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      ☢☢☢☢ ☢☢☢☢☢ ☢☢☢☢☢☢ ☢☢☢“He did spend a little time on the Iran issue,” Reid said of the president.

  • Fiji’s Best

    In related YouTube video, we find a typical example of the Al Nusra Front “allies” that Hussein Obama has chosen to support in Syria: http://youtu.be/U3EwHqvEAXM?t=8m11s

  • Bitter Cold

    In related YouTube video, Hussein Obama babbles incessantly about missing-in-action VP Joe Biden’s alleged foreign policy expertise: http://youtu.be/iPYIEu_mink

  • Payton Manning

    In related YouTube video, we find a fairly typical example of the Al Nusra Front “allies” that Hussein Obama’s regime has chosen to support in Syria: http://youtu.be/U3EwHqvEAXM?t=8m11s

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