The possibility of a vote on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) this week is high. Congress returns from August recess and the Labor Day holiday today. On Wednesday, there will be a large rally on the Capitol steps in opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal. Needless to say, the rally will bring this issue front and center for the House and Senate this week.
What I find rather interesting is the lack of honest debate the progressive socialist left wishes to have on this issue. Recently, head of the Democrat National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla,) gave full support and endorsement to the JCPOA. Why?
Needless to say, there are plenty of fact-based reasons as to why not support the JCPOA. And Iran just gave us another. As reported in the Israel National News, Arutz Sheva:
Iranian Defense Minister says US ‘obeyed’ Iran’s dictates; Supreme Leader’s website boasts of Iran’s new status as military power.
Iranian leaders view the nuclear deal signed by western powers as a “surrender” to Iran, and as cementing the Islamic Republic’s status as a “superpower.”An analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has shed light on the sense of victory held by Iran’s most senior leadership, as neighboring countries prepare for a surge in terrorism sponsored by an emboldened Tehran. Among the comments translated by MEMRI was a statement made by Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan at an armed forces general command ceremony on August 30, in which he boasted that Iran had forced the “surrender” of the world’s superpowers, led by the US.
“Today, Iran has attained such status that the superpowers have surrendered to it, because of its majesty, its steadfastness, its resistance, and its unity. Despite their great pride, the regime of the arrogance [the West, led by the U.S.] sat humbly behind the negotiating table and obeyed the rights of the Iranian nation,” he said.
Less than a week earlier, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s official website published a poster hailing the ascendancy of Iran as a regional hegemony.
And how has all of this been made possible? By one President Barack Obama and one Secretary of State John Kerry — their abject emboldening of the enemy.
Of course, the rhetorical response will be Iran’s leaders are just propagating their propaganda — and so did Adolf Hitler leading up to World War II, as he restored German pride in the post-Weimar Republic era. And even in Russia today, the popularity ratings for Vladimir Putin are strong, despite a slow economy.
There’s something about demagoguery which elevates dictatorial-like leaders. People, often in a depressed state, are looking for a cause around which to rally and feel a sense of national pride. It’s happened before in the past, it can happen again — check, it IS happening again. Iran’s militant Islamist leaders know exactly how to deflect and portray themselves as the victors. Here in America, we have politicians too concerned with spreading a false narrative that displays their reticence and loss of the moral high ground.
Here’s a picture of the poster on Ayatollah Khamenei’s website, entitled the “Iron Fist”:
The text accompanying the poster reads: “Those who leveled sanctions against us yesterday are dying today, because Iran has become the region’s foremost military power. The Islamic Republic of Iran has proven that it works diligently to defend itself. The entire nation unites as a solid fist, standing fast against the aggressors who lack all reason.”
Further illustrating the Islamic Republic’s aggressive stance, the “Iron Fist” in the image consists of military equipment, including missiles, jets, ships and tanks.
My recommendation is that every single member of the US Congress who’s voiced support for the Iranian deal stand before a family member who’s lost a loved one via an Iranian explosively formed penetrator improvised explosive device (EFP IED). Next, they should look into the eyes of every American troop who’s been maimed or scarred by an Iranian EFP IED. Then these members of Congress should be forced to sit in an arena and listen to every address by Ayatollah Khamenei since the JCPOA was signed. Lastly, these members should be forced to sit and listen to the family members of Saeed Abedini, Robert Levinson, Amir Hekmati and Jason Reznian — the four American hostages who remain in Iran and were, inexplicably, left out of this “deal” altogether.
Since the JCPOA has been signed, Iranian belligerence has not been altered a single iota; matter of fact, it’s only increased. Yes, those who feel that knowing who General Qasem Soleimani is is irrelevant need pay greater attention. There are no reasons to support the JCPOA other than well, like we used to say as kids, “just because.” And the “just because” excuse centers around the individual who wants to say he did it and have a presidential library exhibit.
When this vote is taken, those guilty of treachery against their own country will be publicly known.