According to the New York Times, some former Obama advisers are warning him not to cut that deal with Iran: “Ex-Advisers Warn Obama That Iran Nuclear Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of Standards.” It’s a long story on page A6, and has real political consequences.
For the White House, the letter may raise the level of political risk in seeking approval of any final agreement. A judgment from Mr. Obama’s own former advisers that the final accord falls short would provide ammunition for Republican critics
Among the signatories: Dennis Ross, Gary Samore of United Against Nuclear Iran, and David Petraeus. And this information is in the 26th paragraph of the story:
The letter emerged from a study group on nuclear issues organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a policy institute.
The NYT doesn’t tell you this, but WINEP is a pro-Israel thinktank, spun off 30 years ago by AIPAC the pro-Israel lobby group. MJ Rosenberg said:
WINEP was to be AIPAC’s cutout. It was funded by AIPAC donors, staffed by AIPAC employees, and located one door away, down the hall, from AIPAC Headquarters (No more. It has its own digs).
It would also hire all kinds of people not identified with Israel as cover and would encourage them to write whatever they liked on matters not related to Israel.
Look at its board of advisers: Mort Zuckerman, Richard Perle, Joseph Lieberman, and Marty Peretz.
A more stringent U.S. “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program has also been a rallying cry for several WINEP scholars.
Ross is chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute (which opposes intermarriage) and was said to be Israel’s lawyer during the failed Camp David negotiations of 2000-2001. Einhorn is at Brookings, and did outreach (in favor of the Iran deal) to Zionist groups in the past.
So the Times is covering up for the Israel lobby.
And why isn’t the Times reporting on all the folks who support a deal. Like Trita Parsi, who writes:
If the two sides manage to reach a deal by their June 30 deadline, their achievement will go beyond just preventing a war or blocking Iran’s paths to a bomb. The real achievement may be that a major international conflict — a conflict that has brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war in recent years — has been resolved through a compromise achieved by diplomacy.
Thanks to Annie Robbins.