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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Roger Cohen, "One Congressman’s Iran": Shame on Sander Levin!

Representative Sander M. Levin, Democrat of Michigan, who decided to support Obama's nuclear deal with Khamenei, should be concerned when he receives the blessing of Roger ("Iran is not totalitarian") Cohen. In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "One Congressman’s Iran," Cohen begins:

"Representative Sander M. Levin, Democrat of Michigan and the longest-serving Jewish member of the House, said something important this week: 'In my view, the only anchors in public life are to dig deeply into the facts and consult broadly and then to say what you believe.'"

Levin dug deeply into the nuclear deal with Iran? Heck no! He couldn't even bother waiting to learn what appears in the secret side agreements between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran, never seen by John Kerry or Ernest Moniz, which lay out the terms for IAEA inspections of Iranian military sites, such as Parchin, where nuclear detonator tests were conducted. And those terms are not pretty: Iran itself will be relied upon to supply requested soil samples to the IAEA.

Cohen continues:

"Levin’s reflection led him to the sober, accurate conclusion that the agreement is 'the best way to achieve' the goal of preventing Iran from advancing toward a nuclear weapon, an outcome that will make Israel, the Middle East and the world 'far more secure.' Not the ideal way, the perfect way, or a foolproof way, but, in the real world of ineradicable Iranian nuclear know-how, the best way attainable. That is also the view of other parties to the deal — the not insignificant or unserious powers of Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany."

Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany all wish to "make Israel, the Middle East and the world 'far more secure'"? I suppose that is why China will now be selling 150 J-10 fighter jets to Iran and Russia will now be selling 100 refueling aircraft to Iran, allowing the mullahs to attack any other country in the Middle East, including, of course, Israel.

I suppose that a 60-member German trade delegation, which visited Iran earlier this month, was also concerned with the security of Israel.

France? As reported by Josh Rogin in a Bloomberg article entitled "Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal":

"Jacques Audibert, is now the senior diplomatic adviser to President Francois Hollande. Before that, as the director general for political affairs in the Foreign Ministry from 2009 to 2014, he led the French diplomatic team in the discussions with Iran and the P5+1 group. Earlier this month, he met with Democrat Loretta Sanchez and Republican Mike Turner, both top members of the House Armed Services Committee, to discuss the Iran deal. The U.S. ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, was also in the room.

According to both lawmakers, Audibert expressed support for the deal overall, but also directly disputed Kerry’s claim that a Congressional rejection of the Iran deal would result in the worst of all worlds, the collapse of sanctions and Iran racing to the bomb without restrictions.

'He basically said, if Congress votes this down, there will be some saber-rattling and some chaos for a year or two, but in the end nothing will change and Iran will come back to the table to negotiate again and that would be to our advantage,' Sanchez told me in an interview. 'He thought if the Congress voted it down, that we could get a better deal.'"

Shame on you, Sander Levin! You might be a friend of Obama, and true blue to the Democratic Party, but you are no friend of Israel at a time when the Jewish State is again being threatened with extinction by a country being handed a nuclear arsenal within 15 years at most!


  1. It's not just Levin:

    "...Lawmakers say this is the most invested in winning over lawmakers on a policy priority they’ve seen Obama during his seven years in office. He’s pitching Democrats on a variety of fronts: sending emissaries to Capitol Hill for briefings, inviting lawmakers on golf outings and spending hours personally calling and meeting with lawmakers to answer questions about the agreement. ..."

    Sander Levin was no doubt threatened (on a golf course?) to be primaried by someone more sensitive to the proximity to Dearborn, MI in order to be made the Court Jew from the House on the Iran deal now that his older brother Carl is retired from the Senate.

    Not an excuse, just politics as usual. Only 83,000 Jews in Michigan. The Democratic Party = Identity Politics.

    "...The Dearborn community is overwhelmingly Muslim, and majority Shiite Muslim. Shiites are a minority in the Muslim world. It’s also mostly Lebanese, with smaller pockets of Iraqis, Yemenis, and Palestinians. ..."

    Dearborn is home to the Arab-American Museum, where you can see Helen Thomas's typewriter on display among the more worthy exhibits:

    The retired Senator & older brother Carl Levin's legacy on Iran:

    Having just read Marie Brenner on the Jews of Paris in Aug2015 Vanity Fair, what else could Jacques Adibert say, (although good he said it)?

    Expect an offer for the Jews of France to relocate to Detroit, MI ... a French colony in 1701. [sarcasm intended]



    "...[Grace] Meng (D-Queens) has strong cause for nixing the deal: As written, she says, the deal is “simply too dangerous for the American people.” It will let Iran “resume its pursuit of a nuclear weapon” in just 10 years’ time and sanctions relief will “incentivize” Tehran’s funding of terrorism.

    Nor does she buy Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that disaster is inevitable if Congress kills the deal: “I have every confidence a better deal can be realized,” she says.

    On that, she has unexpected company: As Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin reports, Jacques Audibert, a top national-security adviser for France (yes, France!), believes if Congress nixes the deal, “Iran will come back to the table to negotiate again” — to the West’s advantage. ..."

    Rep. Meng's CD includes Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, Schumer's original base.

    wiki: "...She received a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. ..."