Denouncing Iran deal, Democratic Rep. Maloney mixes up Asia and Africa

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat who represents Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, yesterday defended her opposition to the Iran Deal in defiance of President Obama– and got the name of a Middle East country wrong and also apparently misstated two Arab countries’ nuclear policies.

Wearing a firefighter’s coat (to signal her support for the Zadroga act to provide health benefits to 9/11 responders), Maloney expressed concern that the deal had caused “scratches” in the US relationship with Israel, which she said must be a non-partisan commitment for U.S. politicians. She went on to defend her opposition to the president on his signature foreign policy achievement:

“I didn’t think it [the deal] made the region any safer, and I didn’t think it prevented them from getting nuclear weapons. And I think the actions of Iran since then have proven it.”

She listed four reasons she continues to oppose the deal. In doing so, she put Yemen in Africa, called it Sudan:

They are hoping that the region will change in the future, but the ink was not even dry before they were announcing Death to America, Death to Israel. Osama bin Laden has taught us when they say they’re going to kill you, believe them…

Just after the deal was approved, they discovered more uranium [in Iran]…. They are now in the process of enriching that.

They were caught sending weapons since they signed the deal to the Houthis in the Sudan. They’ve been big exporters of terror in the region, Hamas and Hezbollah…

In fact, Sudan is on the Saudi side in Yemen. It sent troops there to oppose the Houthis.

Maloney then referred to “an arms race”

that has evolved since the agreement, with both Qatar, [and] the United Arab Emirates has now said that they’re no longer bound by their anti-nuclear proliferation agreements, that they’re going to start their nuclear  program. And Saudi Arabia and Israel have both buying more arms. I don’t think that makes the region any safer.

The claim about the UAE is a talking point for Republican opponents of the deal. A Republican congressman said in October that a UAE official told him the Emirates intend to back out of its 2009 agreement with the US, the 123 deal, under which the US provides nuclear material to the country for peaceful energy production. It surely doesn’t signal an “arms race,” and UAE has denied the report. CBS reported:

the UAE Embassy in Washington sent a one-sentence email that said the “government has not formally changed its views or perspective on the 123 Agreement or commitments.” The UAE has said in the past that it welcomes the nuclear deal reached with Iran.

The UAE has nuclear power plants under construction, with the cooperation of the IAEA. Qatar is also reported to be exploring getting nuclear power.  Qatar has also supported the Iran deal.

I have called both embassies to ask about Maloney’s claim, am awaiting a response.

Thanks to Jim Lobe, who spotted the mistakes.

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19 Responses

  1. pabelmont
    December 14, 2015, 5:57 pm

    American politicians make points by fervancy, not by accuracy. And there no fervancy quite like pro-Israel fervancy.

    You gotta love them, the little dears.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      December 15, 2015, 10:39 am

      Another stupid idiot.

    • MHughes976
      December 15, 2015, 11:28 am

      Oratory making too many routine points to be really fervent.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        December 15, 2015, 7:29 pm

        To lighten the mental burden on American politicians all these countries should be amalgamated into larger states with distinctive easy-to-remember names. Saddam tried to help by absorbing Kuwait into Iraq, but his friendly gesture was not appreciated. Now ISIL is trying to help by fusing the whole region into a single state, but its efforts are also not appreciated. Some people can never be satisfied.

  2. Blownaway
    December 14, 2015, 6:15 pm

    When asked to clarify further she said oh who cares about all those silly countries that aren’t Israel, now don’t I look cute in my fire fighter thingy?

  3. traintosiberia
    December 14, 2015, 9:23 pm

    So much money has been given to Israel torop up its military. So much arms and varieties of arms have been given to Israel to maintain the uperiority . So much arms been sold to Gulf and Saudis Arms have killed Gazan,West Bnk residents,Lebanese farmers and school children, Syrian workers laborers,mothers,and daughters by these arms . So many Iranian students nd scientists have been killed by these arms .

    Against background only a fool or only shill can rail against the possibility of an ” arms race”
    Race is there but it is one way race and even a blind can perceive it .

  4. amigo
    December 15, 2015, 6:08 am

    If the Palestine/Israel issue was solved and the US stayed out of other peoples neighbouroods , just imagine how reasonably intelligent pols like Maloney would appear.

    I have done no research on this , but it seems to me that EU Pols are much more practical in speaking on F/A issues . They leave it to those who are familiar with the subject matter at hand.

    In the USA ,i n the rush to defend the Zionist entity , all these morons popping out of every nook and cranny ,make fools of , both themselves and the US. Are a bunch of thieving murderous racist fascists really worth such a price.

  5. Theo
    December 15, 2015, 8:18 am

    It is a pity, however our politicians are just a mirror reflexion of our society, poorly educated and not really caring for anything else, but themselves.
    Our dear Maloney has a lot of jewish voters in her district, so she is selling her soul and country to be elected again, not really knowing of what she is talking about. Over the years I noticed the same with many of our famous leaders, like bomb-bomb McCaine.

  6. James Canning
    December 15, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Carolyn Maloney obviously is grossly ignorant regarding the Middle East. No problem for her political career, so long as she is a stooge of the Israel lobby.

  7. David Gerald Fincham
    December 15, 2015, 2:41 pm

    “The ink was not even dry before they [Iran] were announcing Death to America, Death to Israel. Osama bin Laden has taught us when they say they’re going to kill you, believe them…”

    The Supreme Leader has once again explained the slogan “Death to America” on his website http://english.khamenei.ir, in his recent Letter to Western Youth:

    “And you should know that your slogan, your “Death to America” and the cry that the people of Iran let out enjoys a rational and powerful source of support. It is also clear that “Death to America” does not mean death to the people of America. The people of America are like other peoples. It means death to American policies and to arrogance. This is what it means and it has a rational source of support. Our Constitution and our fundamental, deep and reasonable thoughts are based on this. If we explain this to any people, they will love, cherish and accept it.”

    Of course, there is no connection between his views and those of Osama bin Laden.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      December 16, 2015, 9:46 pm

      It is very common for politicians of all types to conflate Iran with ISIS or with Al Qaeda. And the MSM lets them get away with it. Who largely owns the MSM?

  8. RoHa
    December 15, 2015, 6:47 pm

    An American politician with zero knowledge of anything outside Brooklyn? Par for the course.

    In my more generous moments (rare events) I suspect that Australian PMs rush to support America’s wars so as to remind the U.S. where Australia is, and thus not get bombed by mistake.

    “See this big bit on the map, here? This is us. We’re on your side. Please do not bomb us.

    See this white flag with the pretty blue stars and the red crosses in the corner? Ships with this flag are Australian Navy ships. It would be nice if you didn’t sink too many of them.

    Kangaroos. You remember what kangaroos look like, don’t you? And where do kangaroos come from? No, not Africa. From Australia. And we’ve drawn pictures of kangaroos on our Air Force planes, so that you can tell they are Australian. We’d be really happy if you didn’t shoot them down.

    What, that little bit down there? That’s New Zealand. Do what you like. No-one gives a”

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