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This is getting fun. A group in favor of the Iran deal is mustering celebrities in support. Their argument is that the deal is preventing another war in the Middle East. Logical– though they do take it to some imaginative lengths. The video is getting plenty of coverage. Celebs.

A good sign, this video: the better angels of our nature are assembling. Farshad Farahat and Natasha Lyonne are also on the video. The group is called Global Zero, an antiproliferation group. Valerie Plame blogs about her role here.

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  1. just
    July 29, 2015, 11:12 am

    So glad you headlined this smart video, Phil! This should actually ‘touch’ more than a few out there.

    I was so dang happy when I saw this that I actually posted it here, sent it all around, and played it at least 20 times myself.

    It’s mahvelous. Queen Noor is, too. Seriously, they went across the spectrum with the voices on the video, and that is smart.

  2. lysias
    July 29, 2015, 12:25 pm

    O/T, it looks as if a regional war is heating up next door to Iran. Der Spiegel: Erdogan’s move means dark days for Kurds in Turkey:

    Following a week of violence between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), including airstrikes over the weekend on PKK outposts in northern Iraq, Erdogan’s statement was not too surprising. But what he said next was: the president recommended immunity be lifted on Kurdish parliamentarians so they can be investigated for “links to terrorism.”

    “If [President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] says people from the HDP [the mostly Kurdish People’s Democratic Party] are terrorists, the AKP [Justice and Development Party, which Erdogan once led], which has supported IS all this time are terrorists just as much,” 23-year-old Burak declares through a mouthful of watermelon and cheese.

    This would be Erdogan’s backdoor way of re-establishing his AKP party’s majority and making himself a dictator, by in effect outlawing the opposition HDP party.

    • just
      July 29, 2015, 1:40 pm

      Also O/T, but:

      wth?

      “Report: Israel Strikes in Syria, Five Killed

      Two Hezbollah activists and three Syrian militiamen of the National Defence Forces, were reportedly killed in the attack in the Syrian Golan Heights.”

      read more: link to haaretz.com

      Now what?

      – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/israeli-compound-rightwing#sthash.TKOsyVee.dpuf

    • lysias
      July 29, 2015, 4:51 pm

      And now Turkey has hired a crack team of D.C. lobbyists: Turkey’s Political Influence Felt as Washington Turns Its Back on Kurds Fighting ISIS:

      Turkey employs an all-star lobbying team of former government officials, including former Democratic lawmakers Dick Gephardt and Al Wynn; former Republican Senator Tim Hutchinson; retired Central Intelligence Agency Director Porter Goss; and, until he was indicted in June and left the Dickstein Shapiro law firm, former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert. Others on the payroll include Brian Forni, a former Democratic aide, the law firm Greenberg Traurig, and Goldin Solutions, a media strategy firm.

      Sibel Edmonds has described in her earlier writings the extent to which Denny Hastert supported Turkey during his career in the House, and also how he was being blackmailed for his sexual indiscretions.

      • lysias
        July 29, 2015, 5:00 pm

        Counterpunch: The Politics of Betrayal: Obama Backstabs Kurds to Appease Turkey:

        Turkish President Erdogan has launched a war against the Kurds; that is what’s really happening in Syria at present. The media’s view of events–that Turkey has joined the fight against ISIS–is mostly spin and propaganda. The fact that the Kurds had been gaining ground against ISIS in areas along the Turkish border, worried political leaders in Ankara that an independent Kurdish state could be emerging. Determined to stop that possibility, they decided to use the bombing in Suruc as an excuse to round up more than 1,000 of Erdogans political enemies (only a small percentage of who are connected to ISIS) while bombing the holy hell out of Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq. All the while, the media has been portraying this ruthless assault on a de facto US ally, as a war on ISIS. It is not a war on ISIS. It is the manipulation of a terrorist attack to advance the belligerent geopolitical agenda of Turkish and US elites.

        Absolutely disgusting. But it certainly does expose the incoherence of the alleged Western war against ISIS.

  3. Citizen
    July 29, 2015, 1:01 pm

    The video uses (crappy) humor to impress Americans that the Iran Deal is a good deal; so I watch it on MW and meanwhile I am being inundated on prime time cable new/infotainment TV with heavy Fear ads against the Iran Deal. Well, it’s nice to know some prominent celebrities are standing up to the Israel Lobby matrix.

  4. amigo
    July 29, 2015, 2:11 pm

    Wasn,t Valarie Plame outed by one of the chicken hawk neoscons in the Bush Junior WMD fiasco. Payback is the s—s.

    An interesting dichotomy would be if pro deal mega dollars roll in to finance MSM ads like thees and the tv execs have to choose between Israel and profits.They either show the ads or expose themselves.The house of cards is collapsing one card at a time.

    Neitanyahu has spent 20 + years trying to destroy Iran and in the process has almost certainly destroyed the Lobby and surely Israel won,t be around a whole lot longer without it,s mouth piece in the USA.

    • lysias
      July 29, 2015, 2:20 pm

      Valerie Plame, be it noted, is part Jewish. In fact, she is the great granddaughter (on her father’s side) of a rabbi. Although she was raised as a Protestant

      • amigo
        July 29, 2015, 2:58 pm

        Lysias, thanks for that. Now duck before Ivri , or is that Hopknee (or both ) start accusing us of Jew counting.But I guess she is now a self hating part -Jew.

        I know a few self hating Irish people.I advised them to lay off the sauce and then they would have less reason to hate themselves.

      • ziusudra
        July 30, 2015, 3:22 am

        Greetings lysias,
        ……She is the great granddaughter of a rabbi……
        Most US & Israelis are Euro descendents, be it
        Christian or Judaic.
        She’s Euro, US citizen, Christian, but part Jewish!?
        Please define which part of which is Jewish?
        ziusudra
        PS Or keep you mouf shut!
        PPS M.Freeman probably won’t get any more film gigs.

  5. Citizen
    July 29, 2015, 2:54 pm

    The Weekly Standard criticizes the video so: “Nowhere is it suggested that Congress could reject a bad nuclear deal with Iran and pressure the Obama administration negotiate a better one.”

    Weak.

  6. Keith
    July 29, 2015, 6:23 pm

    What a stupid,STUPID video!!! I can’t believe that this is seen as good. For starters, it reinforces the propaganda meme that the problem is Iran’s nuclear program rather than a soft-power assault on a regime not yet an imperial vassal. Why not a nuclear weapons free Middle East? Why not the elimination of nuclear weapons in accordance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty? In the long run, trying to put your own spin on bullshit is a guaranteed looser. And why am I always the odd man out?

    • Keith
      July 29, 2015, 6:37 pm

      Exactly how little relation this has to Iran’s nuclear program may become evident soon. Turkey is attacking the Kurds and the US is going to use airpower to help ISIS even as it claims to be attacking ISIS. How will Iran react what with the threat of the sanctions snapping back? The Iranian elites opted for neoliberal globalization instead of economic independence. This inevitably entails increased financial/economic control, although the Iranian 1% should do nicely. Compradors usually do. The empire is on a rampage and so far seems to be overwhelming all opposition. And don’t hold your breath waiting for BRICS to save the day.

    • Frankie P
      July 29, 2015, 7:45 pm

      @Keith,

      You aren’t the odd man out. My reaction to this video matches yours; it is a dumbed-down plea that puts a millimeter-thin layer of sugar icing on a meter-thick cake made of dog-doo. The “good progressives” in the video, and I don’t think all of the participants fit this description, would like to continue the narrative of “America is good and just” and “Iran (and those who refuse to bow to the global hegemon) is evil”. This video was made for consumption by fast-food addicts who aren’t ready for the caviar of truth.

      I disagree with you that the Iranian elites have sold out their country. They are passing time, which is firmly standing on their side and not on the side of the US, keeping their country safe. http://www.unz.com/article/the-eurasian-big-bang/

      Keep commenting, Keith. You are on track. Keep challenging the chorus of the veracity-challenged.

      Frankie P

      • Marnie
        July 30, 2015, 3:10 am

        This video was disappointing on a few levels, too clownish and too damn stupid. I’m sick of the Israeli government treating Americans like they’re stupid and I’m really sick of Americans doing that too. Don’t show the truth, really. Make sure to make if funny, because no matter how shitty the message, it has to be entertaining. Throw in icons that the sheeple trust (Morgan Freeman, whom I love too) and oh right, how about a comic (Jack Black and forgettable female), Valerie Plume to make it real(?) and the lovely Queen Noor for class. Sheeit.

      • Tchoupitoulas
        July 30, 2015, 11:32 am

        No one is better at understanding who their target audience is and knowing how to communicate with them than Hollywood industry pros. If they have to dumb down the message to make it legible to the target audience, they will.

      • Keith
        July 30, 2015, 4:25 pm

        TCHOUPITOULAS- “No one is better at understanding who their target audience is and knowing how to communicate with them than Hollywood industry pros.”

        Yes, but what is the message that is being communicated? That Iran is seeking a nuclear arsenal which, without this treaty, could result in nuclear war? This is a backhanded demonization of Iran’s capabilities and intentions which, in many ways, legitimizes Israel’s propaganda. Additionally, it hides the very real threat to peace of US/Israel’s very real nuclear arsenal as well as preparing the public for future propaganda concerning dire consequences should the US declare Iran in non-compliance at a future date for strategic reasons.

      • Tchoupitoulas
        July 31, 2015, 10:58 am

        @ Keith – Hi, let me break it down for you:

        The intro of the video (first 24 seconds) celebs talk about how great life is and introduce idea that congress sabotaging the Iran nuclear deal could threaten our happy peaceful lives.

        From 24-48 seconds the prospect of Iran bombing the US is tossed around.

        0:48 – At 48 seconds, there is a major narrative shift as Queen Noor enters, like the cool voice of reason and debunks the paranoid idea that Iran will nuke America “We’re not actually worried about Iran dropping a nuclear weapon on the United States.”

        1:00 – At the one minute mark, enter Ambassador Pickering who explains that the consequences of congress killing the deal would be that Iran would get the bomb and that would most likely spark a nuclear arms race in the ME.

        1:12 – Morgan Freeman returns to explain what is the most realistic version of events if congress kills the deal: another long, expensive, pointless, destructive war in the ME.

        1:22 – Light comedy interlude.

        1:40 – Valerie Plame explains that war with Iran would likely accelerate Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb.

        1:46 – Light comedy interlude.

        1:44 – Morgan Freeman returns to explain/reiterate that the current agreement is best way to insure that Iran doesn’t get the bomb.

        2:00 – Queen Noor: “This deal gives us transparency,” basically.

        2:16 – Various: “Diplomacy is better than war,” basically.

        2:23 – Various “We don’t want war and Iran doesn’t want war” – is the gist here.

        2:30 – Various “Call your elected representatives NOW” – is the basic gist of the rest of it.

        Keith, if you follow the progression of ideas through the narrative carefully, I think you will see that the the point of the video is not to demonize Iran (Iranians love their children and so do we), nor to perpetuate the myth that Iran is seeking a nuclear bomb with which to attack America – the video is actually debunking that idea and humanizing Iran.

        As for the Israeli nuclear stockpile – they can’t cover everything in a 3+ minute video. Most Americans don’t even know Israel has nukes. Most Americans don’t know where Turkey is and what “Kurds” are. Most Americans wouldn’t have the slightest idea what “a soft-power assault on a regime not yet an imperial vassal” even means.

        Hey. I know how intelligent and educated everyone that contributes in these threads is. But you guys live in a bit of a rarified bubble, OK?

        I think it’s great that whoever made this video made it, (and I have a sneaking suspicion I know who it was) and I for one am grateful that someone is taking the time to mobilize mainstream America, and addressing it in terms it understands.

        As Curtis Mayfield says, “Just be thankful, for what you got.”

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 11:15 am

        tch, just one caveat Most Americans don’t even know Israel has nukes.

        most americans know israel has nukes. there was a recent google poll confirming this.

      • Tchoupitoulas
        July 31, 2015, 11:59 am

        Thanks, Annie :-)

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 1:38 pm

        tch, i think keith, frankie and marnie would like the video to be for us. but we don’t need a video. it’s not that most americans are stupid, it’s that they don’t follow the news. so they are going to hear the loudest voices — and the lobby knows that which is why they make these screaming blatant dumbed down lying fear statements.

        when i look at this video (‘like..toast man’) i am reminded of the 1/2 billion hits on Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda video. think if we could activate the people who’d rather listen to miley? (wrecking ball is up to over 3/4 billion views). those numbers add up and they are not all 13 yr olds nor are they stupid. do i care if it’s a dumbed-down plea that puts a millimeter-thin layer of sugar icing on a meter-thick cake made of dog-doo. not really! and how many people are informed enough for this to make sense? it reinforces the propaganda meme that the problem is Iran’s nuclear program rather than a soft-power assault on a regime not yet an imperial vassal.

        hello! we don’t have time to give the american public a crash course in strategic geopolitical warfare in the ME! we just need these 570,336,466 people to get off their collective butts and pick up the phone instead of watching this for 3 minutes:

      • Tchoupitoulas
        July 31, 2015, 3:17 pm

        I think we’re the last 2 at the bar Annie, but I wanted to respond. I’m not suggesting that Frank, Keith and Marnie should appreciate the video. I’m just suggesting they not pan it, because this video was never meant for them. The fact that they missed the point of the video, as demonstrably intelligent as they are, I think proves my point, that the intellectual elite isn’t the target demo of the video. Jack Black fans are – I’m guessing a young, college-age-y crowd. People that might not know much about US foreign policy in the ME, but might now be willing to look into it and get involved. Because Jack Black asked them to.

        Now, as to your reference “like Toast, man” I’m interpreting you felt that was really stupid. I get it. But, don’t forget that Jack Black is not a lightweight buffoon just because it’s his job to act like one in the movies, and he does it in a very wry, self-aware way. He’s actually very bright. But he’s playing an abbreviated version of the role that made him famous here in the video, and his character arc is that by the end of the video, he’s been schooled and educated by the heavy weights. Yes: this video incorporates the bare bones of a little story, too.

        So call it a good start. Maybe there will be a Miley Cyrus PSA in the near future. Maybe other celebs will become more outspoken on the I/P issue, which is currently a very risky limb to go out on. But significantly, there were some big names in this video, and there’s another audience that registered that fact, the Hollywood industry elite, and they are opinion makers. Some ground was broken here, and that matters.

        OK, that’s all I got. Except, ugh: you made me watch Anaconda!

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 6:38 pm

        “like Toast, man” I’m interpreting you felt that was really stupid.

        i merely said i was ‘reminded of’ those viewers who spend their time watching youtube’s latest happening thang. thinking if we could get them to notice or care — and i do think that’s a jack black sorta crowd. not necessarily stupid in the least just — otherwise engaed.

        and actually i never heard of Nicki Minaj until yesterday. (i heard obama created a twitter site for the @irandeal and headed off on a search to find it on a site about trending stories and sure enough he was buried between taylor swift and the minaj’s cat fight ( already past tense/make up phase ) so naturally i had to read what they were fighting about and who this minaj character was. how could i have not heard of someone with 1/2 billion hits? easily, that’s how. and katy perry weighed in too. of course, i have already heard of perry and swift) i didn’t think it was stupid, i thought he feigned sort of .. don’t really know the word for it. but toast is a generational phrase so it signaled (the targeted) viewers it was — cool.

        yes we are the last at the bar. very sad day indeed.

    • alen
      July 31, 2015, 1:59 am

      I have to agree with you Keith. The video is very stupid.

      A video can have a simple message and be both deep and powerful, like the Gaza victims video, but that would require a human connection and actual communication.

      I also agree, it basically agrees with the message of Iran being very dangerous. In fact, it has as much fear mongering as the people against the deal. It basically reinforces the notion that Iran is dangerous and a nuclear war is imminent unless the agreement goes through, rather than the actual fact that Iran has never violated any international laws on proliferation and has always maintained both its innocence and cooperation with international regulators (unlike Israel, not to mention several European countries such as France and the UK and of course the US)

      • Marnie
        August 1, 2015, 1:55 am

        @ Tchoupitoulas –

        I didn’t miss the point of the video, I hated the way it was presented, the Hollywood iconography used to present it’s message, which got a little lost in translation with all the so-called comedic side bars. It had too much of a Bill and Ted’s Excellent adventure vibe to it. It depresses me that so many people apparently can’t be bothered with an issue unless they’re being entertained by the presenter, but what do I know.

  7. Kay24
    July 30, 2015, 10:00 am

    I wish they would put out videos like this to counteract the silly video the pro war crowd has put out wanting a “better deal”, which is strong criticism for the Obama administration. It seems no one wants to put out a video supporting the deal in the media. Today on Morning Joe Gov. Pataki was interviewed and he took the opportunity to kiss up to Israel big time, showing outrage that Iran wanted to wipe Israel out (strange, how a nation without nuclear weapons can wipe out a nation that has so many!) and Joe and Mika did not utter a word to challenge any of the bull, perhaps they could have pointed out that there has been rhetoric, insults and threats from Israel too, and that Iran has not attacked it’s neighbors, unlike Israel.

  8. Bornajoo
    July 30, 2015, 5:49 pm

    A silly video. I hope it’s not effective because I want the Republicans and the Zionist to defeat the deal. I really do. It will do more to damage the Zionist enterprise, even more than the reelection of Netanyahu and Likud

    I really hope they manage to defeat it.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 30, 2015, 7:08 pm

      think again bornjoo. rapprochement with iran is extremely valuable to US interests and will inevitably “damage the Zionist enterprise” anyway, sans landing us on the brink of WW3.

      • straightline
        July 30, 2015, 7:45 pm

        With respect, Annie, I don’t think Bornajoo is disagreeing with the idea that rapprochement with Iran is valuable to US interests. But as I keep trying to say to you US/Israel-centrics rapprochement with Iran will happen despite the Zionists.

        http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/29/europe-uses-iran-deal-for-wider-diplomatic-push.html

        AIPAC does not like bright lights and they are running at 10000W at the moment.

      • Bornajoo
        July 31, 2015, 5:45 am

        “With respect, Annie, I don’t think Bornajoo is disagreeing with the idea that rapprochement with Iran is valuable to US interests. But as I keep trying to say to you US/Israel-centrics rapprochement with Iran will happen despite the Zionists.”

        Many thanks Straightline. I fully agree with you and your comments on this issue are much clearer and informative than mine.

        “Both the article and Rand Paul still have this US-centric view of the agreement. As several commenters, including myself, and Kerry above have said, this is not about whether the sanctions stay in place, it is about whether the US chooses to be the only country in the world (well perhaps with my own unfortunately) to continue to have sanctions against Iran. And then as I have asked before “Who is being sanctioned?”. The other countries in the P5+1 have gone a very long way to keep the US happy on this – they will go no further. The only alternative to removing sanctions is probably a false flag operation and then military action and no good will come of that.”

        link to aspistrategist.org.au

        For the US to continue sanctions would result in Iran moving even further into the Chinese and Russian spheres of influence.”
        http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/turned-libertarians-burning#comment-785479

        “Exactly right ToivoS! Congress can choose to isolate the US in trade with Iran or not – but sanctions are dead. The big arms and oil companies will be lobbying Congress as well as the Zionists and they will not be lobbying for continued sanctions.

        To vote to continue sanctions is to hasten the demise of the US dollar as the global currency. Let’s see whether Congress is really willing to put Israel’s paranoia ahead of the interests of the US people. The choice has never been clearer.”
        http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/americans-support-israel#comment-783651

        The damage will simply be much greater if the deal is defeated in Congress and rapprochement with Iran will inevitably happen in any case.

  9. Marnie
    July 31, 2015, 1:35 am

    What’s really kind of sad about this video is the continued demonization of Iran, like “we need this deal otherwise Iran’s going to nuke us!” instead of acknowledging that all the sanctions against Iran have been wrong and diplomacy in the case of Iran has been “the final option” instead of being the first. This commercial, made for American audiences, is pandering to zionists. Has Iran threatened the US or Israel, for that matter? Not liking another countries politics doesn’t constitute a threat. However, Israel has nukes, won’t allow inspection of their facility in Dimona, hasn’t signed a on the non-proliferation treaty and remains intransigent on too many levels to count. If any country is a threat to the safety and security of the United States, it has been and continues to be the state of Israel.

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