Another public assault on the Israel lobby. Just Foreign Policy, partnered with Moveon.org, is running a petition to ask Hillary Clinton to support the Iran deal. She’s been lamentably silent. But she was outfront on bombing Syria. Notice that the petition states that many Democrats are not getting behind Obama, because they want the cash of “warmonger interest groups like AIPAC.” If Hillary would come out for the deal, she would undermine the rightwing Dems, Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy says.
This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that the United States and Iran are not at war. I’m thankful that President Obama fulfilled his campaign promise to aggressively pursue diplomacy with Iran, making sure that all peaceful means are exhausted to reassure the international community that Iran will never try to build a nuclear weapon. I’m thankful that Secretary of State John Kerry put his reputation on the line to work aggressively to get a deal. I’m thankful that those efforts have been successful in producing an interim deal that opens the way to a comprehensive agreement, due not only to the work and commitment of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, but to the Iranian people for electing a new leadership determined to try to improve relations with the West. And I’m thankful to all the Americans who worked to elect President Obama on a platform of pursuing diplomacy.
Predictably, Republican warmongers like Lindsey Graham are attacking the deal. Unfortunately, with some noteworthy exceptions like California Senator Dianne Feinstein, most prominent Democratic politicians have not praised the deal, even though polls show the American people back the deal overwhelmingly. Perhaps some of these Democratic politicians are more concerned about retaining the campaign contributions of warmonger interest groups like AIPAC than they are in representing the opinions and interests of the majority of Americans.
In particular, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been quiet. This is odd, because when there was a possibility that the U.S. would bomb Syria, Hillary wasn’t shy to endorse the bombing.
If Hillary would endorse the deal now, it would make a major contribution to peace. Lindsey Graham can complain all he wants, but in order to undermine President Obama’s diplomacy with Iran, the warmongers need to recruit key Democrats to their side, like New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If Hillary endorses the deal, the political space for right-wing Democrats to undermine the deal will close.
Thanks for all you do to help change our national priorities from foreign military intervention to fixing our problems at home,
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