War Mongers Angry over Prospect of Not Going to War with Iran

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Though a final deal won’t be sealed until later this year, the framework agreement announced in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday between Iran and the P5+1 nations is having reverberations across the world—offering hope of rapprochement, peace, and better days ahead for those who support it and heckles and frowns from those who appear to think that a continued stalemate and endless sanctions, or possibly war, are the better path.

As Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, writes in an op-ed at The National Interest on Friday morning: “Peace won. War lost. It’s as simple as that.”

“Make no mistake,” Parsie continued, “the framework agreement that was announced yesterday is nothing short of historic. A cycle of escalation has been broken – for the first time, Iran’s nuclear program will roll back, as will the sanctions Iran has been subjected too.”

As regular Iranians were reportedly celebrating in the streets and in their homes and President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the foreign ministers of the other nations were receiving widespread praise for the diplomatic accomplishment, hawkish forces were quickly—and unsurprisingly—making public their objections to the deal.

In a phone call with Obama following the announcement of the agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu let it be known he continues to be “vehemently opposed” to any deal with Iran.

“This deal would legitimize Iran’s nuclear program, bolster Iran’s economy and increase Iran’s aggression and terror throughout the Middle East and beyond,” Netanyahu said later in a statement. “It would increase the risks of nuclear proliferation in the region and the risks of a horrific war.” Notably, Israel (though it remains undeclared) is the only country in the Middle East thought to have a nuclear weapons arsenal.

Meanwhile, before the ink was dry on the framework agreement (read the text of the document here), Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, said the panel will vote on a measure he has proposed which would stipulate congressional approval of any deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Such a move has long been seen as a way to sabotage the diplomatic effort, but Corker insisted he would call for a vote as soon as members return from Easter recess.

Called the ‘The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015,’ the legislation would require any final agreement with Iran to be submitted to Congress for a 60-day review period before congressionally-mandated sanctions on Iran could be waived or suspended by the president.

Corker’s legislation has support not only from his Republican colleagues, but also from a powerful array of hawkish Democrats, including: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D- Indiana), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Col.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

While foreign policy experts from around the world praised the deal—with many expressing surprise by just how much Iran was willing to offer in exchange for sanctions relief and an end to economic isolation—House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the deal that would provide a reduction of Iran’s nuclear capacity and strict monitoring of its atomic activities an “alarming” development.

However, according to Scott Ritter, a former U.S. Marine and UN weapons inspector, the predictable opposition to the deal with Tehran is coming from the very same people who led the U.S. people into war with Iraq in 2003.

“The high-profile criticism coming from Israel and Congressional Republicans,” Ritterwrites, “channel the most extreme examples of the last weapons of mass destruction (WMD) witch-hunt — involving Iraq — which culminated in a war that killed thousands, cost trillions, and destabilized and further radicalized a region of the world essential to international prosperity. Armed with the knowledge that the case against Iraq’s WMD was, at best illusory and, at worst, a complete fabrication, Americans should be hesitant about accepting at face value claims of Iranian nuclear malfeasance that are unsustained by fact and are at odds with history.”

And for Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, the agreement reached this week should be seen as a “huge victory for diplomacy over war.”

Offering her analysis on Foreign Policy In Focus, Bennis explained that while both sides gave much during the negotiations, it’s clear that Tehran made that largest concessions. She writes:

Tehran accepted that U.S. and EU sanctions will not be lifted until after the UN’s watchdog agency verifies that Iran has fully implemented its new nuclear obligations — which could be years down the line. It agreed to severe cuts in its nuclear infrastructure, including the reduction of its current 19,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium to just over 6,000.

Tehran also consented to rebuild its heavy water reactor at Arak so that it will have no reprocessing capacity and thus cannot produce plutonium. Its spent fuel will be exported. The Fordow nuclear plant, moreover, will be turned into a technology research center without fissile material. And crucially, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency will be allowed to conduct unannounced inspections.

In return, the United States and its partners — the UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China — agreed that the UN resolution imposing international sanctions on Iran would be replaced by a new resolution that would end those sanctions but maintain some restrictions.

Bennis was hardly alone in concluding that what was achieved in Switzerland is groundbreaking and goes well beyond what was previously thought possible.

“I’m wildly impressed by it,” Jacqueline Shire, a former member of the UN Panel of Experts on Iran, told Middle East Eye. “This is Iran saying it is opening the doors and lifting its hood, letting people look inside. But then Iran gets to walk away with dignity intact because they keep an enrichment program, 6,000 centrifuges is nothing to sneeze at.”

When it comes to those opposing the deal, Bennis urges for the “partisan posturing of right-wing militarists and neoconservative ideologues” to be ignored so that those who want to see a more peaceful and stable Middle East can be allowed to let the fruits of diplomacy grow. If the framework agreement can hold—and ultimately a final deal completed—she writes, the stage would be set “for an entirely new set of diplomatic relationships and alliances in the Middle East.”

As Ritter concludes, “When it comes to Iran and its nuclear program, the world would do well to take a different path than that chosen for Iraq, and let inspections, not bombs, do the work of disarmament.”

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  • Chantal_Designer

    All of Washington DC need some shiny Big House BRACELETS..

  • Pete752

    When the hell is the USA going to admit, that no sovereign nation on thia planet need US congressional or any senate approval and as far as Nutty-yahoos hawkish remarks go: Fuck you pissant.

    • Chantal_Designer

      I can just see you.. short, 300lbs wildly jumping up ‘n down screamin’.. but, hey – as long as you’re a good keyboard warrior all’s A-okay, right, bud..?/ lol..

  • smclub

    They’re still saying there weren’t any WMD’s found in Iraq and that our intelligence was poor or downright false. If that is the case, why was it reported that ISIS took over a cache of “Saddam’s chemical weapons” when they started to invade Iraq? Whoops! Cat’s out of the bag! Anyone who is still claiming there weren’t any is clearly a liberal who thinks that if they keep repeating the lie will become true.

    • Pete752

      I suppose we should also believe 19 arabs did 9/11?? Sleep walking can be dangerous!!

      • smclub

        Heck no! I do think Saddam had WMD’s but that was just an excuse for the elites to invade. We went in there for the oil and all the money the elites could make off the oil & the war. I think everything our government says is a lie.

      • jps73

        I’m sure Israel will find a way to start something, false flag perhaps.

        • Chantal_Designer

          Bastards ALWAYS do..

    • mirageseekr

      They found WMD in Iraq. They all happened to have “made in America” stamped all over them and it would have been hard to explain which is why you never heard about it. Daddy Bush and Reagan administrations gave them to him when he was still conveniently our ally. Also ISIS is a CIA and Mossad controlled ragtag group. Without the weapons that were left for them (a violation of our military rules by the way) and the airdrops that were “accidents” coming from US and UK they would have been destroyed in 2 weeks easily by any major military who desired. The myth of ISIS is being used to go into Syria period.
      http://rense.com/general29/wesold.htm

      • Nexusfast123

        The chemicals were probably provided by the US to Saddam during the Iran/Iraq war.

  • mirageseekr

    Unfortunately this could just be more political theater hence why the stipulation of having congress given the option to oppose it. I think they are realizing that people have finally moved away from MSM and can see the crimes of Israel clearly for the first time. Israel has for a very long time played the anti-Semite card as an excuse for their war crimes but it seems people can see this trick now. Just as I am American and feel this government does not represent me or my beliefs, it does not make me anti-American, people are finally realizing that you are not anti-Semitic because you oppose the actions of Israel.

  • way2inform

    Are we talking irans nuclear weapons deal or irans nuclear energy program deal here? I havent been following too closely.

  • Nexusfast123

    The cowards in Congress and the Senate that want war should be placed in front-line units so they have to also do the dying. Politicians are happy for others to die for them.

    • Eileen Kuch

      I second the motion. That’s the best answer yet. Give those cowards in Congress and the Senate a uniform, a parachute and a rifle and put them right in the front lines, so they also have to do the dying. Politicians are eager for others to die for them; and, now it’s their turn.
      Additionally, have the worst cowards such as McCain, Graham, Menendez, etc. lead from the front.

  • Chir

    If anyone believes for a red hot minute that Iran won’t be spinning those centerfuges as fast as they can during this “peace”, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you. Cheap!

    • Chantal_Designer

      Sure, especially since Iran’s been “months away” from a Nuclear weapon for several DECADES, stoogie..

      • Chir

        They are just building up a nice stockpile of good ol’ fashioned weapons grade material. Anyone who thinks that they don’t already have a few nukes is dreaming.

        • Chantal_Designer

          Agree, I also believe they already have nuclear weapons..

          • John

            Exactly. Iran & the rest of the Muslim/Arab world want nukes to keep America & Israel/NATO from constantly invading them & doing regime change.

    • Georg Dirr

      Crikey, reminds me of the van full of explosives being stopped before the George Washington bridge with a bunch of Israelis from urban moving systems on 911.

      Some posters are obvious sayanim from tel aviv university.

  • Chir

    This isn’t about israel. This is about Iran wanting world power. They want the persian empire back. Only way to get respect is to bring a nuke to the table with all the other big boys. Once they have the bomb it will only be a matter of time before they sell it or “loan” a few to Iranian sponsored fanatics and eventually slip one into a major US harbor and pop it off. Its only a matter of time. Of course if the Obamination is still in office he would probably apologize for them.

    • AtomicMetroid

      No, it is about Israel and their nuclear weapons and constant threats. This is about the world issuing arrest warrants for all the war-mongering Zionists.

      • brian

        Yes, the bad Israeli leaders that tell everyone their neighbors are terrorists. The ones that can not get along with their neighbors, and the people who did 9-11 in New York City should be punished. Christians do not be fooled by Zionists! Israel is the only nation in that region with weapons of mass destruction. And the Saudis’. I just want to keep this interesting planet going a little while longer. What do you think?

    • Chantal_Designer

      Everything IS about Israhell.. just look at the weird contorted face of the Yahu bastard..

      I am not in favor of the illegal queer grifters in the WH, just in case your thoughts wander in that direction..

      • Chir

        Wow, you got a complex going on there… With all that pent up hate on Israel you must fap each night dreaming of Iran launching nukes on Israel and turning all of Israel into a smoking sheet of glass.

        • Chantal_Designer

          Hate is not in my vocabulary.. negative energy, don’t need nor want it.. however, the rest sounds wonderful.. ;>)

    • Infidel51

      Exactly. All the progressive idiots and their “but Israel did such and such” bs arguments have zero to do with Iran. A nation run by 7th century psychopaths.

  • AtomicMetroid

    Israel needs to be sanctioned over their nuclear weapons. Israel has made threats against the world with the Samson Option. Total lunacy. Arrest warrants for all the zio traitors is the only way forward

  • varlog

    Iran hates the US. The likelihood of the US going to war with them will not change. If they have the capability, they will use it.

    • Chantal_Designer

      Dummkopf..

  • Chantal_Designer

    Was sarcasm..

  • Chantal_Designer

    Was an explanation, not a complaint, AussieStooge..

  • Infidel51

    Iran is a nation led by psychopath 12ers who routinely threaten the destruction of the US and Israel. They believe that they must exterminate all Jews before the 12th imam can be revealed to lead the global caliphate. Of course the new caliphate isn’t going to allow other faiths to coexist. Convert or die is generally the way it goes across the radicalized Middle East. They have routinely lied about or hidden details of their nuclear weapons program. And the Koran actually encourages lying and manipulating infidels so long as it furthers the ideology. So what could possibly go wrong with this deal!? (Sarcasm in case you missed it)

  • Infidel51

    More dead Muslims sounds about right to me.

    • Chantal_Designer

      All too cryptic.. wish I knew how to take..

      • Infidel51

        It says Infidel above everything I write and you had to “investigate” to figure it out?

        • Chantal_Designer

          Not investigate, psychopath.. only needed another clue.. I was not familiar with anything on this thread, silly punk.. I don’t visit 24/7..

          • Infidel51

            Last week in Kenya Muslims attacked a university killing 147 Christians. They specifically separated the Muslim students from the Christians and then murdered the Christians. Similar to the shopping mall massacre in Nairobi in 2013 which killed 67. But you call me psychopath?

          • Chantal_Designer

            That is what the lying Joo media wants us believe, silly Putz..!!

  • xbj

    Hopefully Obama reitierated to Bibi, as he has in the past, that ANY Israeli planes headed for Iran would be blown right out of the sky. (According to Kuwaiti News Sources).

  • Infidel51

    This deal is about allowing a fanatical Muslim regime off the hook after decades of state sponsored terror. Not only off the hook but turning a blind eye as the same leading state sponsor of terrorists develops nuclear weapons. You progressive brainwashed Muslim dupe. Do you really think they will cut your head off last?

    • Chantal_Designer

      How much do they pay for your fairy tales..??

      • Infidel51

        Do you think they will cut your head off last?

        • Chantal_Designer

          Are you trying to scare me, silly boy..?

          • Infidel51

            No. Why would I bother. You will probably be safe with your head in the sand.

          • Chantal_Designer

            You are NOT witty, you’re stooopid, boy..

  • Georg Dirr

    Well said.

  • Ben

    The author is delusional. Iran has not agreed to any immediate inspections–the only productive piece of Intel is that they have admitted to having enough above–20% enriched uranium for ten bombs. and they are laughing at Kerry and Obama, for having taken whatever deal was thrown to them.

  • Ben

    The Jews aren’t pressing for Iran’s destruction. It’s the Sunnis.