Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer opposes Obama deal to let Iran nuke Israel

Neville Chamberlain Obama: peace in our time
Neville Chamberlain Obama: peace in our time

From the radically leftist New York Times, of all places. They must be pretty pissed about this story.


Senator Chuck Schumer, the most influential Jewish voice in Congress, said Thursday night that he would oppose President Obama’s deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

“Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed,” Mr. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in a lengthy statement. “This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval.”

Mr. Schumer had spent the last several weeks carrying a dog-eared copy of the agreement in his briefcase and meeting with Mr. Obama and officials like Wendy R. Sherman, the deal’s chief negotiator. With his decision, he paves the way for other Democrats on the fence to join Republicans in showing their disapproval.

“There are some who believe that I can force my colleagues to vote my way,” Mr. Schumer said. “While I will certainly share my view and try to persuade them that the vote to disapprove is the right one, in my experience with matters of conscience and great consequence like this, each member ultimately comes to their own conclusion.”

[…]Mr. Schumer said that the inspection regime in the first 10 years of the agreement would be too weak, and that provisions to reimpose sanctions if Iran cheated were too onerous. He said his most serious concerns were with the freedom that Iran would have after 10 years to quickly build a nuclear weapon.

“To me, after 10 years, if Iran is the same nation as it is today, we will be worse off with this agreement than without it,” he said.

Now, Chuck Schumer is as blue as you can get, so this opposition to the nuke-Israel-via-Iran deal is quite striking. Most Democrats do want to nuke Israel via Iran, and that’s why they want to give Iran between $100 to $140 billion of oil revenue to start the terrorism against us and our allies as quickly as possible. But I guess Schumer is an exception to that.

5 thoughts on “Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer opposes Obama deal to let Iran nuke Israel”

  1. A week or so, I heard a political analyst predict that Schumer would vote for the Iran deal, or, if he didn’t, it would only be because he and the White House knew they had enough votes to sustain a veto without his vote. Thus it would give Schumer the personal political cover to vote against the deal without actually threatening it.

    I don’t know whether this analysis is accurate, but whether or not you believe it determines whether Schumer’s announcement leads you to despair or hope.


  2. If Schumer were truly opposed to the Iran deal and willing to cross his party to do so, then he would not have voted for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. Instead, like almost everyone else in the Senate, he voted for that fig leaf so that he could safely vote to disapprove of the deal later without any danger of the Senate actually derailing it. That act flipped the burden from needing a cloture vote of 60 senators to pass the deal to needing a cloture vote with 60 senators to stop the deal. So now up to 59 senators can oppose the deal without actually stopping it.


  3. Also, I would say that comparisons of Obama to Chamberlain are flat out wrong. Chamberlain did not know what the Nazis had planned for the Jews (and other out groups). The mullahs, on the other hand, have been quite clear that they will not accept anything less than the destruction of Israel and the death of every Jew. Further, Iran has acted on those belief whereas the Nazis had only rattled the saber and brought a few like-minded provinces under their control by 1938. Simultaneously, Chamberlain began to rearm and prepare for war right after the appeasement.

    In other words, Chamberlain was an honorable man who was mistaken in his belief of negotiations while Obama and his team have no excuses.


    1. That’s quite a brilliant analysis right there: “Obama: Even Worse than Neville Chamberlain.” :-)

      BTW, I think Schumer is just moving to the right for political reasons. But, it is always difficult to read the mind of a Leftist, and I had 18 years growing up to attempt to gain proficiency. :-)


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