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August 31, 2015 3:01 pm

Joe Lieberman: Little Time Left to Speak Truth About ‘Terrible Agreement’ With Iran

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Retired Senator Joe Lieberman and chairman of United Against a Nuclear Iran. Photo: Facebook.

Retired Senator Joseph Lieberman and chairman of United Against a Nuclear Iran. Photo: Facebook.

Tomorrow’s rally is important, because next week Congress returns to Washington and actual debate on the Iran nuclear agreement begins,” retired Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman told The Algemeiner on Monday.

He was referring to the “Stop Iran Rally,” organized by the same grassroots movement that brought 15,000 people to protest the nuclear deal in New York City’s Times Square last month, being held on Tuesday outside the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

“There is little time left for people who oppose this terrible agreement to speak the truth of why it threatens America’s security and the security of our allies in Israel and the Arab world to people in power in Washington,” Lieberman said. “Tomorrow we can directly thank Senator [Chuck] Schumer [D-NY] for his principle and courage in opposing this bad deal and express our disappointment to Senator Gillibrand that she is supporting it, and ask her to reconsider based on information about the secret side deals that has come out since she announced her support. ”

Coincidentally, Gillibrand’s office is located in the same Manhattan building (780 Third Avenue) as that of Schumer, among the few Democrats in Congress who have come out publicly against the deal.

The purpose of the self-described “bipartisan” demonstration is to persuade Gillibrand to change her position on the deal — reached in July between the U.S.-led P5+1 and Iran – when it is put to a vote in Congress no later than September 17.

Lieberman, a former Democrat who became an Independent – and whose 24-year congressional career was marked by his ability to “cross the aisle” and work with members outside of his party — will be heading Tuesday’s rally, together with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). There, the two will deliver a joint foreign policy speech.

Lieberman was just named chairman of United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), a nonprofit advocacy organization that opposes the nuclear deal. Other recent manpower changes at UANI include the replacement of its current president, Dr. Gary Samore, who favors the deal but will remain on the group’s advisory board.

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  • Michael OConnor

    The Democrats and for that matter anybody who say’s this agreement with Iran is a good deal will have their conscience to live with, if Obama gets his way and the deal goes through, because the consequences will be irreversible until we get a new President, that is a first class commander-in-chief why you say?because we cannot ever TRUST Iran with their beliefs about Israel and the USA along with all the infidels in the world (thats you and me), the people who agree with this deal are the DOOM bringers of our FUTURE.

  • nelson marans

    Unfortunately the battle has been lost with party fealty overcoming principle for those Democratic Congressmen voting for the Iran deal. We should remember their names and act accordingly in the next election. Their votes will go down in history for what they have chosen to do

  • Dov

    I think Senator Leiberman should run against Gillibrand. Its time for change.

  • David Goshen

    What President Obama has done is to take sides in the conflict between Sheites and Sunis by coming out in full support of the Shietes against the Sunis.the USA should never take sides in a conflict which has been going on for a few hundred years.The USA as a major power should never take sides in such a conflict which has the main object of forcing the issue to give the Sheites full contol of the Arab World.Such a step has never been taken by a president of the USA in all its years of existance.
    There is little liklihood that peace will return to the Middle East as Iran is trying to rest control in several countries and wants to contol the whole Arab World.
    The Sunis will not accept this campaign of Iran as can be seen in various military campaings being fought eg in Yemen.One can only expect extensive hostilities from Obamas actions.

    • zorka

      weep and weep for that which has taken place and above all tears that King Obama has made his mark!!

  • Charles Martel

    The senator is a true statesman. He is able to discern the difference between partisan politics, and the responsibility those in power have to defend and protect the Constitution, and in turn, the population they serve.

    The “deal” with Iran is the bastard child of greed, ignorance and treason.

    Thank you Senator Lieberman for choosing to stand on the right side of history.

  • Please contact Senator Gillibrand before it’s too late.

  • Give Iran green energy instead of nuclear and renegotiate the deal

    We propose to offer Iran a complete wind and solar power system for free, to match the capacity of its nuclear plants, in exchange for the complete dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program. This will give a positive basis on which to renegotiate an amended deal with Iran. We would not expect Iran to agree to this generous proposal, if their real intention is building a nuclear bomb. Refusing the proposal Iran will expose their hypocrisy. As a result, political stand of the opponents of the deal (including democrats in Congress) will become stronger.

    When majority of nuclear power plants were built, they provided a “green substitute” to coal and gas. Today, after Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters, we know how dangerous they are, not saying about everyday pollution and exposure of workers to radiation. On the other hand sun and wind stations become cheaper every year. They already passed the threshold of economical sustainability. In western countries most of new installed electric power come from sun and wind. It would be great if developed countries were helping others to come on this track. It would also prevent the danger of new nuclear weapon race in the Middle East and other flammable regions.

    The proposed initiative to provide Iran with green electric power system for free, will eliminate all Iran’s arguments about necessity to use nuclear plants as a reliable clean source of energy. The cost of solar electric station is on the same scale as the nuclear one, about $5,000 per kW, wind stations are even twice cheaper. Therefore to substitute all current Iranian nuclear capacity (close to 1300 MW) one will need about 6.5 billion dollars for solar or 3 billion for wind stations. This amount sounds reasonable even for Israel alone, not saying about US and other potential partners, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

    Let us say few words about overall capacity of green energy production: Germany, for example, puts a goal to produce 80% of electricity from renewable sources by 2050, see Currently Germany generates 2.4 times more electricity than Iran, while having 4.5 times smaller land area. Iran has huge unpopulated areas in mountains and deserts, which provide excess of natural resources for covering all Iran needs in renewable energy for foreseeable future.

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