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August 18, 2015 1:41 pm

Democrat Senator Menendez Issues Withering Criticism in Announcing Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal

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Sen. Robert Menendez. Credit: U.S. Senate.

Sen. Robert Menendez. Credit: U.S. Senate.

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey became the second Democratic senator to announce his opposition to the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal, telling an audience at Seton Hall University on Tuesday that the “temporary” restrictions of the agreement would pave the way for Iran to become a nuclear threshold state.

“I came to my decision after countless hours of briefings, discussion and analysis,” he said.

“We have now abandoned our long-held policy pf preventing nuclear proliferation,” and now the U.S. has moved to simply “managing or containing it,” marking a “significant shift” in U.S. non-proliferation policy.

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He said the deal only “mothballs” Iran’s nuclear infrastructure for the next ten years. He warned that the deal would not require Iran to dismantle a “single one” of its uranium enriching centrifuges, but rather allow them to be moved around from facility to facility.

“We lift sanctions, but even during the first ten years of the agreement, Iran will be allowed to continue research on a range of centrifuges, allowing them” to boost nuclear research and development even within the restrictions of the JCPoA.

“At year 15 Iran will have no limits, no limits on its uranium stockpile,” he declared.

Menendez questioned Iran’s hisotrical credibility regarding its nuclear program, which the country claims was never meant to develop nuclear weapons, and noted that Iran had only provisionally agreed to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency over suspicious nuclear sites.

He also warned that sanctions would be difficult to “snap back” specifically because of provisions within the JCPoA itself.

Menendez rejected President Barack Obama’s claim that those opposing the nuclear deal today were the same lawmakers who supported the war in Iraq, reminding his audience that he did not vote for war in Iraq, “unlike the vice president, [Joe Biden] and the secretary of state,” John Kerry.

He said he based his judgement according to U.S. interests, as well as what the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action “means for our great ally, the state of Israel and our other partners in the Gulf.”

Menendez said the point of negotiations was to dismantle “all or significant part” of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, and “fully dismantle” its capability to obtain nuclear weapons.

Menendez was crucial in setting the legislation that allowed Congress to review and vote on the Iran nuclear deal, called the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.

He called the “grave” Iran deal presented “one of the most serious non-proliferation issues of our time,” and rebuffed claims that the issue boiled down to support for Obama.

 

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  • Michael

    Who is going to pay much attention to a character facing multiple charges of fraud?

  • Ron

    “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” Once again this “president!” shows his contempt for his “own?” country and puts it an ever worsening position of weakness, at best incompetently, at worst deliberately and treasonously. The damage he is and has been doing will take a long time for the US to recover from (if the American people manage to elect a president who really wants to protect it and improve race relations instead of the opposite!). As one pundit has remarked, “His enemies don’t fear him and his allies don’t trust him”

  • he is right as per his perspective and I could remember that I submitted my comment that had there been some other president than what would had he done.
    else no comments

  • Larry Andrews

    Congratulations to Senator Menendez for telling the truth about this disastrous deal!!

  • Jonah

    Menendez is paying the price for confronting this administration and making a stand for Israel. They are destroying him

  • Just a few moments ago, I left a comment on Senator Menendez…..I cannot, shortly after that access my comments, or comments from others in your article

    Would you please, determine what went wrong in accessing my initial comments

  • Senator Robert Menendez decision to speak out forcefully against the Iran deal, shows clearly the action of a man of good judgment and integrity. His actions speak clearly.
    The Iran deal, is in my view a bad deal, (to say the least) and would ultimately bring serious consequences to Israel, as well as our nation.
    As a Jewish American who experienced the horror of the Holocaust as a child, and a love and loyalty to my nation (the U.S) I abhor this deal vehemently.
    Let me add as well, that Jewish Americans are loyal to their heritage, and love their nation, that enabled them to have the opportunity to live
    the American Dream.” No conflict exist.

  • ben kramer

    No surprise here. He is bought and owned by the AIPAC.

    • BARBARA

      Don’t you have any concerns about who may have bought our President and Secretary of State? Or WHY they are SO desperate to pass this Iran deal?

      Is it possible donations might be coming from businesses who stand to profit from trading with Iran? Could supporters of Rev. Wright and Louis Farrakhan contributed anonymously through all those small internet donations? Or are you too naive to realize that money flows from all directions?

      After all, the President is constantly flying all over the country to fund raisers. He does want a billion dollar Presidential Library. May I remind you, money doesn’t really grew on trees.

      Bob Menendez is a hero, regardless of who is donating money to his campaigns. He’s standing up to the same kind of treatment Vladimir Putin dishes out to his dissenters.

    • Barbara

      My comments are missing too so I’ll resubmit.
      Don’t you have any concerns about who might have bought our President and Secretary of State? Or why they are so desperate to pass this Iran deal?
      Is it possible donations might be coming from businesses who stand to profit from trading with Iran? Could supporters of Rev. Wright and Louis Farrakhan contributed anonymously through all those small internet donations? Or are you too naive to realize that money flows from all directions?
      After all, the President is constantly flying all over the country to fund raisers. He does want a billion dollar Presidential Library. May I remind you, money doesn’t really grew on trees.
      Bob Menendez is a hero, regardless of who is donating money to his campaigns. He’s standing up to the same kind of treatment Vladimir Putin dishes out to his dissenters.

    • marty kaplan

      Who owns you Ben?? AIPAC does not own the senator or any other representative or senator, this would be a conflict of interest on their part and could then have them prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you mean that AIPAC can present to them their viewpoint yes they do so , but if you know or most likely don’t know , what they present is facts that have been very carefully screened and verified, as J Street would fall on them with all of their disillusioned might.

  • noanoa

    Dear Senator Robert Menendez

    You’re one of few Democratic senators who uses common sense.

    Thank you for doing a great job and deciding to oppose Obama’s mistake in handling Iran’s Nuclear bomb building project.

    Just as we’ve been paying for Jimmy Carter’s mistakes when he mishandled Iran,we will be paying for Obama’s huge mistake for decades to come.

    You have made the right decision in opposing Obama

    Thank you much

  • zadimel

    Where are the other 13 comments?

    • Barbara

      My comments are missing too.

  • zadimel

    Senator Menendez for President!

  • Mickey Oberman

    I am glad to see that there is is still some living intelligence extant in the US government.

    Hopefully more people will realize that Obama is a viral threat to American and world stability and survival.

    His bulldozing, dictatorial rule seems to have deadened the senses of many in government, education and law enforcement.

  • Lorrie

    The writer misused the word “withering” in the article.

  • Thank you, Mr Menendez, fro the rest of the world, who are neither Israeli not American, but are also endangered by this ‘deal’.

  • paul

    Well spoken.

    It could be put more simply: Obama is allowing the Ayatollas in 15 years time to possess Nuclear weapons mounted on ICBMs that can target any place in the world.
    GOOD HEAVENS !! WHY ????
    How old will your children be when this happens ?
    Is THIS the way to prevent war ?

  • Harvey Llohd

    Menendex tells the real story while the firzt black president uses racial slurs against those who oppose it bringing shame on his race and on his presidency. His legacy if he wins, is a nuclear Iran and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. He protects Iran and its Hezbollah support for Bashar, the butcher murdering thousand of civilians each week as though Bashar was better than ISIS. The president is a delusional man corrupted by power and perhaps mad. The Iran deal is a poison pill that threatens humanity.

  • rachel robinson

    Bravo to Senator Menendez. This is the most evil of any law ever suggested by a sitting president. Those who know the details of this so called agreement, which is nothing but a set of details of Obama’s total surrender to the Mullahs, know that no American ever will be allowed to inspect any area in Iran; that before anyone is allowed to inspect any site in Iran he will have to get a UN approval and Iran’s mullahs approval; that the only way to inspect the sand it will be brought to that inspector he will not be able to set foot in any area to inspect the sand. Many other such conditions were agreed to by our president, who thinks that the Congress should sign this piece of garbage.

  • David

    Menendez is to be blessed with his announcement, which was fully expected by Obama. The tragedy of this matter is that under the Constitution, which the Democrats and Obama have trashed, treaties are to be passed on by the Senate. Our Congress is very messed up. I would rather see Obama in the trash heap along with the so-called Agreement. If the Republicans had any integrity, Obama would be tarred and feathered. They have lost their way.

  • yussi

    Another forward thinking,independent thinking politician who has gone over party lines to do what he believes is best for our country and our allies.He should be applauded!!!

  • Joel

    A truth sayer at last!!!

    • Michael

      A truth sayer indeed. This character is being charged with multiple counts of fraud while in office.

      • marty kaplan

        Michael, have you forgotten that each and every person indicted is considered innocent until that individual has his or hers day in court. Have you ever had a close friend treat you to a dinner take you on a trip with him or her, given you a lavish present,if not so soooory for that situation, lets wait and see who is guilty or not guilty of this so called crime.

  • Dov

    Unfortunately to date it is just two US Senators from the Democratic party. Seems all others, at this point, are afraid to stand up for the truth.

    Why was Senator Booker not pressured to vote against the Iran agreement, after all, he received tons of donations and support when he first ran for office from Boteach and others. Seems that Boteach is also afraid to stand up for the truth.

  • I really appreciate Menendez’ rebuttal of Obama’s contention that opponents of the Iran deal supported the Iraq War. Like Menendez I too opposed the Iraq War, which the Democratic controlled Senate voted to approve in November, 2002.

    But opposition to the Iran Deal and support for the Iraq War are totally unrelated, as nixing the deal does not mean war with Iran. It means continued sanctions.

    Continued U.S. sanctions may provoke war with Iran, but only because the Europeans have agreed to lift sanctions, providing Iran with the means to promote war. So be it.

    The Europeans will learn soon enough the invidiousness of the deal they signed with a terrorist state. They will get the worse end of the bargain.

    Meanwhile the U.S. is better off washing its hands of this deal. It doesn’t need trade with Iran. I think most global corporations would agree with that proposition.

  • Ephraim

    Good for you! Two down, how many to go? I wish Democrats would listen to these two senators, as they have correctly analyzed this crime against humanity.

  • Ask your rabbi to add his/her name:

    Petition: We do not sit idle and keep silence!

    Petition to counteract the 340 rabbis who are for the deal with Iran and the fallout that ensues.

    Here are the names of the injurious to the world, dangerous and delusional so called American-Jews who call themselves “Rabbi”: http://www.ameinu.net/…/340-rabbis-urge-congress-to-suppor…/

    We, the Rabbis, headed by Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, strongly oppose the injurious and dangerous deal Obama conceded to sign with Iran that allows easing the sanctions already in place before the Iranian nuclear threat has been completely eliminated. Any agreement with Iran that allows the fanatics in Iran to enrich uranium, that lacks ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections, is extremely dangerous and unacceptable to any American who has America’s security at heart.

    This deal with Iran is a very bad deal, far worse than no deal and must be diametrically rejected. The sanctions, crippling Iran’s economy had succeeded in weakening Iran’s negotiating position. Obama gave this terrorist regime a lifeline.

    In order to force Iran to completely abandon its nuclear program, the best course or action, we still have available to us now, is to maintain harsh economic sanctions, regardless of what other nations have rushed to do with Iran, not thinking about the far reaching consequences. The current deal, Obama is so eager to approve, provides Iran with hundreds of billions of dollars of economic relief that will fuel Iran’s support for terror around the world and give a boost to its Middle East hegemony dream.

    Israel’s very existence is at stake with this agreement. There can be no compromise with or appeasement of a regime that is committed to the destruction of the state of Israel. The Jewish People cannot, must not and will not be threatened with another Holocaust by ideological madness.

    The United States, in particular, and the international community, at large, must keep the pressure on Iran with harsher sanctions and demand that its nuclear program be completely dismantled. A nuclear Iran is a threat not only to the United States – the great Satan – and Israel – the small Satan – but to the entire free world.

    Are these rabbis for the Iran deal America’s and Israel’s haters?

    Rabbi…..

    Congregation:

    • marty kaplan

      We should be sending this missive to the 340 Rabbi’s who have agreed with this poorly written agreement.

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