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August 10, 2015 5:46 pm

In First Public Remarks Since Opposing White House on Iran, Schumer Calls for Better Nuclear Deal

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Senator Charles Schumer (NY). Photo: Wiki Commons.

Senator Charles Schumer (NY). Photo: Wiki Commons.

In his first public remarks since declaring his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) said on Monday that the United States should try to broker a better deal with Iran, since the current deal has too many flaws, Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle reported.

“I believe we should go back and try to get a better deal,” he said, speaking at the Braddock Bay Marina in Greece, New York. “The nations of the world should join us in that.”

Schumer didn’t deny that brokering a new deal would be difficult, but he said that since sanctions would remain in place if the United States withdrew its support for the agreement, that could bring Iran back to the negotiation table.

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Schumer said that the Iranian regime, which he called “ugly, dictatorial [and] theocratic,” would very likely hold on to power in Iran for another decade and would exploit the current deal’s sanctions relief while continuing its support for terrorism and causing chaos in the Middle East.

“If you believe the Iranian regime may change, then you say OK, it’s a gamble,” Schumer said. “But if you think they’re going to be the same horrible regime they are now, you don’t want the United States and the other nations of the world putting the stamp of approval on Iran being a threshold nuclear state.”

Regarding his opposition to the deal, Schumer said that his decision was made after intensely studying the agreement, and many meetings with individuals on both sides of the debate, including three classified briefings.

Schumer laid out three reasons for his opposition to the deal. Firstly, the lack of “anytime, anywhere” inspections and the 24-day delay period at Iran’s disposal, which, while radioactivity could still be detected, could be used to cover up other signs of bomb-making. He also opposed the codification of Iran as a nuclear threshold state after 10 years, and finally he expressed concern that Iran will use money it will obtain after sanctions are lifted to support its proxies, like Assad in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Schumer is the first Democrat in his chamber to break with President Obama and oppose the deal. However, he joins Democratic Reps. Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey and Steve Israel among New York Democrats who plan to vote against the deal in September.

The Senator informed the White House of his opposition to the deal before it broke to the media. White House officials commented that while they were disappointed in Schumer’s decision, they were not surprised.

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said that it was difficult to determine how Schumer’s choice would affect other Democrat senators, but that the administration was confident they would made their own, independent choices.

Earnest noted that New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came out in support of the agreement earlier the same day that Schumer announced his opposition.

“So I think there’s a preponderance of evidence to indicate that Democrats are going to make up their minds not based on Senator Schumer’s conclusion, but based on their own conclusions about the merits of this agreement and the strategy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and, as long as they do that, we’re gonna’ continue to feel quite confident about our ability to build support for this agreement in the Democratic caucus,” Earnest said.

Earnest also left the issue of Schumer’s qualification to serve as Democratic leader of the Senate in the next Congress up to the Senator’s colleagues. Schumer, however, dismissed the possibility that his choice would affect his chances for the leadership position, saying, “This is a decision of conscience and my colleagues respect that, as I will respect their decisions of conscience,” he said. “So no, I don’t think that means very much.”

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  • Chris Rettenmoser

    Obama is worse than the RABID mullahs !

  • Yale

    “White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said that it was difficult to determine how Schumer’s choice would affect other Democrat senators, but that the administration was confident they would made their own, independent choices.”

    If they wanted members of Congress to make independent decisions, they wouldn’t be focusing on forcing Democrats to bow to the President’s will. That the White House is doing this, rather than seeking a thorough debate, implies they know it’s bad.

  • This is a totally different ballgame and not comparable to anything seen before. Other wars and confrontations were based on survival, selfinterest, profit and loss, greed.

    Here you are dealing with religious fanatics who believe that their God-ordained purpose on earth is to destroy the infidel (you and me). They are not open to normal reason and persuasion because they believe in the glory of martyrdom and their parents rejoice when they achieve their aim.

    Their outlook and therefore response is totally different to ours. They boast that they will overcome us because they rejoice in death whereas we value life.

    The Nazis wrongly murdered men, women and children by the million because they saw those people as a threat. How different are the Isis with their obscene mass executions
    and destruction of any vestige of civilisation unless it conforms to their own?

    The Taliban in Afghanistan shot a young girl because she insisted on an education. There is a sect there called the Hazaras. 15,000 of them were slaughtered in one day.
    After the massacre the perpetrator, Maulawi Mohammed Harif, Taliban commander, proclaimed in a mosque: “Hazaris are not Muslim. You can kill them. It is not a sin.”

    And where does that leave us? And so we sit down with their co-religionists and make “deals.”

    The Hamas who control Gaza have a Charter in which their objects are proclaimed. Included therein is the following:
    ARTICLE SIX: “HAMAS” is a distinct Palestinian movement which owes its loyalty to Allah…and strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.”
    ARTICLE THIRTEEN: “(Peace) initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of Hamas.”

    Sure, they are referring to Palestine, but at a time when negotiations are continually taking place to resolve the strife. Who can rely on anything decided under the aforesaid conditions?

    And how do we know that the Iranian negotiators are not imbued with similar motives that can only lead to deceit?

  • Robert Davis

    Mr.Schumer is a man of conscience and his reaction serves the interests of America as well as its allies. There is only one traitor in this matter and it is the zimbawe president squatting the WH. A deal which gives a nation and a govt. such as that of iran the possibility tobecome nuclear and threaten the world is evidently a BAD one even a chimp woud understant that,not zerobanana whose aim is to set up chaos all over the world. Electing him was the biggest blunder even nazi regressive leftwing could make even if we all know they are good for nothing scum.

  • Larry Andrews

    It would be naïve to think that there is any difference between wiping Israel off the face of the earth, and wiping the Jewish people off the face of the earth.
    By ratifying this agreement, the United States legitimizes and legalizes its complicity to commit genocide. And, that is totally un-American! Senator Schumer needs to be an American first, and a politician second and aggressively work to defeat this genocidal agreement!

  • The way President Obama expresses himself confirms his
    undemocratic orientation in accordance with the principle that says: ‘Whoever thinks otherwise than me is my enemy’.

    -In the Communist system a person who
    thought “differently” was sentenced to prison or to forced labor.
    -In the Islamic system “thinking differently” is punished by beheading or burning alive…

    In our case it will be very interesting to see what sentence will be applied to those who think differently to President Obama or oppose his point of view.

    Anyway, President H. Obama writes about himself why he should go down in history after his mandate…
    ……………………………………………….

    Joseph Rosen
    Author of ‘Why a Jew’

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Mr Schumer did the right thing and I want to thank him for that. Now he has to do another right thing and that is to encourage other democrats to do the same. G-d bless him.

  • martin

    the iran regime is starting off like hitler did a little at a time then the explosion will come

  • Joseph Feld

    I feel that President Obama is the reincarnation of Neville Chamberlain and ‘peace in our time’. Iran makes no concessions, screams ‘Death to America’, tramples on human rights and pursues an open policy of genocide to Israel and bankrolls terrorism across the Middle East. Not to mention secret agreements with the inspectors, and how many other secrets?

  • howiej

    Since Obama knew about Schumers decision before it was made, Gillibrand may have been instructed to come out for it to undercut his announcement. If he were truly sincere he would actively work to convince other Senators to come out against it.

  • Robert Gutman

    Also today, in the WSJ, William McGurn pointed out the courage of Scoop Jackson in his review of Schumer’s initial show of his own courage. He said: “Mr. Schumer underestimates himself. Instead of aspiring to be the next Harry Reid’…he could be the next Scoop Jackson, the man who braved the majority opinion and successfully brought on the punitive sanctions against Russia. He is still celebrated for that insight even though he never became his party leader. “Today we remember Scoop Jackson. Anyone remember Mike Mansfield?” (the party leader in his time.). “To make his mark, Mr. Schumer would have to do more than vote no. He would have to do what Jackson did in his day: To lead, to rally others to his side, and set before the American public an alternative approach for dealing with a determined and untrustworthy enemy.”

    • Mireille Mechoullam

      Mr Gutman,

      I completed agree with you and that’s exactly what I wrote to Mr Schumer to do. It seems that people still don’t learn from history. Of course your exemple comes very “a propos” when you brought the Chamberlain’s saga. I am sure Gilibrand and others will vote for the party instead of the cause and this will put the USA and the world in putting us in very real danger. The Ayatollah repeated hundreds of time that the big satan is the USA and the small satan is Israel that he will erase it from the map.

  • August 10, 2015

    Dear Sir:
    As the Iran Nuclear Agreement is under Review by the US Congress in
    deciding whether US Congress will vote in favor of or reject the said
    Agreement, permit me please to give some recommendations to your good
    office. The recommendations are thus:
    1) US CONGRESS at this turning point in the US history ,
    Government , Nations, and all US Friends and allies , in the Middle
    East , and the world , US CONGRESS should now open an
    International US Back Court , seated in the US CONGRESS as the US
    Congress is Reviewing the Iran nuclear Agreement.

    (II) Purpose
    a) To invite all the signatories or members of the Joint
    Comprehensive Plan of
    Action(JCPOA). to address the US Congress about whether the
    Iran Nuclear Agreement is supporting and will support the US
    National Homeland Security Interests ,
    all US Friends and allies , in the Middle East , and the world.
    They should present a document in detail to show the US
    Congress how this Deal can
    Protect the US Security Interests
    b) Also the following Institutions namely : 1) UN Secretary
    General (UN) 2) EU, 3) IAEA
    C) This will serve as an Investigation team
    in the highest form, under the leadership of
    The US CONGRESS, to cross examines the
    invitees, for possible failures of their deal.
    c) An provide a system for these invitees to be responsible
    for whatever negative result (s)
    the Iran Nuclear Agreement will cause the American Security
    Interests , all the
    US Friends and allies, in the Middle East, and the world.
    d) They should be ask to know from them whether they are
    informed of the US Security
    Interests on mind before signing the above mentioned Iran Deal.
    e) (JCPOA), should be asked to present a detail information
    on the two sides of the
    Secrets deal of Iran that is reached by IAEA and Iran,
    if they have it, if not they should request it from IAEA., while
    Congress is looking at the vote that will Support or reject the Iran
    nuclear Deal.
    f) The following invitees should commit themselves to the US
    Congress (by written document ) that Iran will not
    develop nuclear bomb through their Deal.
    g) The above mentioned Invitees should give detail reasons why
    the US Nation cannot
    The LEAD THE VERIFICATION AND MONITORING of Iran Nuclear
    Program and Deal.
    h) The said Invitees whether Iran Nuclear Deal will lead them
    to possible military Dimension (PMD).
    i) Where is the Security Role of the United States of America in the Iran
    Nuclear Deal?
    J) If US Congress reject the deal what will be the position of the
    above mentioned
    Countries and Institutions that supported Iran Nuclear Deal?
    ALL INVITEES SHOULD GIVE INFORMATIONS UNDER OATH.
    K) The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA), and IAEA under oath
    before the US
    Congress should be ask whether the Iran Nuclear Agreement is
    binding on the US
    Congress, US Government, the American Nation and the world ,
    whether Us Congress
    Accept or reject the deal .Also United Please Note it shouldbe
    answer by a written document s, if yes show how .
    Nations Secretary General, and EU. Should be ask
    this question, this is their position statement.

    QUESTION:

    IF US CONGRESS VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS IRAN NUCLEAR WILL IT NOT REDUCE
    AMERICA TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT ARE SUBJECTED TO IAEA.,

    Call the Catholic Pope Francis of Rome to be invited too at the US
    congress.

    He is both Religious leader and political leaderfor the West , and have a
    great say in the Iran Nuclear deal reached .

    If you talk about peace ,it is America that can define peace , or freedom ,
    or justice , or security ,because they have a long history proven to these
    matters ,not any other country or institutions .

    COMMENT

    1) Attack Iran now and be preparing quickly to face any other country
    that will attack America in war in support of Iran.

    2) In attacking Iran remember you are looking at the possibility of WAR
    War III, now or in the future.

    3) Destroy all of their Nuclear Programs, and change every leadership,
    one that will be shape after a free world , American Policy., prepare an
    Iranian leadership , you have Iranian citizens in America , and also with
    the opposition in Iran to take over their new leadership, from those
    Terrorists.

    CONCERN

    America have been betrayed not only with Iran but powerful Western
    countries and other world powerful countries , by planting a Nuclear
    Program in Iran and hide behind Iran government , this is the real
    threats , they do not want their long plan operations to be bother or
    hinder as they are marching now right now to take over the world , and
    you all know that America is the WATCHMAN, they are to the gates of HEAVEN
    and HELL. You have to stop them now by destroying everything , I mean every
    Nuclear Programs in Iran , and completely setting out an interim
    Government , that will police those remaining countries that will hide
    after Iran government or country is IVADED,,, by US Superior Military.
    You have to fight to protect your freedom , now, now than ever in the
    History of America , even with your blood . Unite again All American for
    war.

    I am still awaiting to hear from you the Progress , and I still awaiting
    to give any advice .

    LONG LIVE THE US CONGRESS , LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA ,
    LONG LIVE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT , LONG LIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    IN GOD WE TRUST .

    I SEE WHY YOUR FOREFATHER ONLY TRUSTED IN GOS ALMIGHTY ALONG NOT ANY HUMAN
    INSTITUTIONS BECAUSE THEY WILL FAIL YOU.

    Sincerely yours

    Leo Brosius

    Gardnersvile

    Monrovia Liberia

    /span>operations to be bother or hinder as they are marching now right now
    to take over the world , and you all know that America is the WATCHMAN,
    they are to the gates of HEAVEN and HELL. You have to stop them now by
    destroying everything , I mean every Nuclear Programs in Iran , and
    completely setting out an interim Government , that will police those
    remaining countries that will hide after Iran government or country is
    IVADED,,, by US Superior Military. You have to fight to protect your
    freedom , now, now than ever in the History of America , even with your
    blood . Unite again All American for war.

    I am still awaiting to hear from you the Progress , and I still awaiting
    to give any advice .

    LONG LIVE THE US CONGRESS , LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA ,
    LONG LIVE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT , LONG LIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    IN GOD WE TRUST .

    I SEE WHY YOUR FOREFATHER ONLY TRUSTED IN GOS ALMIGHTY ALONG NOT ANY HUMAN
    INSTITUTIONS BECAUSE THEY WILL FAIL YOU.

    Sincerely yours

    Leo Brosius

    Gardnersvile

    Monrovia Liberia

  • Nader Moavenian

    I am glad that Senator Shumer has made the right decision and is demanding a better deal. This should be the message to any member of US Congress that the fascist regime of Mullahs of Iran does not view the IranDeal as a genuine nuclear agreement to prevent another unwanted war in the Middle East. Iranian regime views it as a nuclear ceasefire that provides them with breathing room to acquire nuclear weapon while they export fundamentalism and terrorism across the Middle East. What brought the Iranian regime to the negotiation table could keep them at the table if all negotiating members of 5+1 and especially US would have negotiated from a position of strength and demanded total dismantle of their nuclear facilities aimed for development of nuclear weapon.
    Removal of sanctions and release of the billions of dollars assets of Iranian people should be contingent to complete respect for Human Rights in Iran and stop of exporting their fundamentalism and terrorism to all nations of the Middle East and rest of the world.
    Anyone who supports this nuclear agreement due to political pressures from Obama administration would regret it later for not taking side with justice and leave a legacy of shame for going along with Obama and his appeasement policies toward the fascist regime of Mullahs of Iran. So all honorable members of Congress should back off from supporting a very bad deal that should not be considered as an alternative to war when people of Iran can be empowered to overthrow the Iranian regime and establish a democratic, secular and non-nuclear government if people of Iran and their legitimate opposition of National Council of Resistance of Iran is supported by all freedom lovers across the world and smart sanctions are imposed on barbaric regime of Iran.

  • Schumer, has shown Again his REAL Loyalty is to Zionist Entity , Bibi Nitay is Proud . Americans will want action for his Betrayal of American Interests!

    • Robert Davis

      william : Who is betraying America? he who protects it from iran nukes or he who threatens it with a nuclear iran? stop your rubbish and start thinking : is your head supporting your animal hair or a human homo sapiens brain? by the way did you know you are supposed to have a brain with at least 2 or 3 neurones in it?

    • Pamela

      William, American Jews are loyal to the U.S. otherwise they would move to Israel.Tel Aviv has much less crime than Chicago. Iranians shouting death to America doesn’t bother you? Would you be for this deal if Iran said they were still going to destroy Britain? If so, then you should look at your soul because you are prejudice.
      giving back the money to Iran will only help them with their ballistic missile program and their ability to fund terror. The Ayatollah has expressed his agenda; the World under Sharia law. We made this same mistake with North Korea.We should at the very least insist upon anytime inspections.any violations should have immediate sanctions and we should not allow weapons purchasing by Iran. If you ask me this is just a political move to shore up our economy and that of our EU partners. Iran is a large country (with oil)+ with a young population with purchasing power.

  • Jacqueline

    Josh Ernest days the administration was not surprised on shumers vote. And why is that because Shumer is Jewish not because it’s a bad deal. Obama is blaming the Jews for the defeat of his bad deal.

  • Michael Mayben

    Senator Shumer is absolutely right in opposing Obama’s dangerous long term effects of the bad Iran Deal for American, Israel, and the rest of the world. Iran will use their future ballistic nuclear missile capability as threat to launch missiles against any nation to win whatever concession they want from other nations. They don’t fear death because they believe in Islam’s promise of paradise after their death.

  • brian ellman

    There was an advice that the ?White House upbraided Shumer for not acceding to the President —-does that indicate that election to the Senate removes free expression as a Democrat if it does not conform to the decision of Obama and Kerry—-this is an indication of the policy put in place by this administration—dictatorial and with no regard for true democracy

  • Arthur Cohn

    This is an atrocious deal and Schumer is very right in opposing it. I only wish that my Senators, Boxer and Feinstein would carefully read the pact, and see that there is no enforcement mechanism except a military attack; which is what diplomacy was supposed to eliminate.

  • Valery

    5 nuclear powers have worked hard over 12 years to reach an agreement. Senator smarter than everyone else? Or did he want war? Why did he support the leader of a foreign country, not the US president?

    • Bryna Weiss

      He is not supporting the leader of a foreign country. He is voting on what he thinks is best for his own country- The United States of America. It is unbelievable that there are those condemning him for trying to do the right thing for the safety of USA.. If only the members of Congress had had the strength of their convictions and voted down the Iraq war, this world would be a better place today!!!

  • nelson marans

    We negotiated, as if from weakness and Iran from strength, when it was the other way around. How could we be suckered into such a deal,unless President Obama and John Kerry collaborated. Incidentally Kirsten Gillibrand, as a rising star in the Democratic Party, should be a descending one for Jewish voters in her next senatorial election for supporting the Iran deal.

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