Last night there was a big rally in Times Square in NY calling on Senator Chuck Schumer (among others) to kill the Iran deal. Among the speakers: former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, presidential hopeful George Pataki, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), Israeli journalist Caroline Glick and Alan Dershowitz. And one of the featured speakers was Steven Emerson, the expert on terrorism who has worked for many Israel lobby groups and appeared on Fox News and is controversial even in the mainstream media.
What follows is the ending of Emerson’s speech. He was widely cheered by the crowd of several thousands (though a passerby called out that he was “brainwashed”).
The president in 2009 when he was running for reelection [sic], said three things. He said, one, I will not allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb. He said two, All options are on the table– a diplomatic euphemism for military strike. And three, No deal is better than a bad deal.
Well, all three were lies. All three of them he went back on. And since that time, we have a bad deal, Iran gets the bomb, and there’s no military capability any more to deter Iran.
So now we have the situation that unless Congress acts, I believe ultimately, it’s going to be left up to a military strike to take out the Iranian capabilities to take out the world. If we don’t take out Iran, they will take out us. And if the United States government, which is comprised of you– not Obama, not his secretary of state, not his administration, not the Congress– it’s the American people that decide. And it’s up to you to force your representatives your Congressmen, your Senators to say, No no no. Because if you don’t your children will never forgive you– never forgive you for not protecting this country from a holocaust. For not protecting the state of Israel from a holocaust that will occur assuredly just as it did 70 years ago.
Rarely in our lives do we have an opportunity to change history. Now is the time to do it, and it’s your responsibility all of ours, to go do it.
Others at the rally were cooler than Emerson, assuredly. But his call for a war with Iran was widely shared there. And I do not think the American people share it. Supporters of the Iran deal have been concerned by the Pew Poll showing widespread American skepticism about Iran. I believe if we highlight what opponents of the deal are saying, and what they regard as the alternatives to the deal, we can give Americans some home-grown folks to be skeptical of– and solidify support for the deal.
Below is my picture of a poster at the rally saying that Obama, Hillary Clinton, and “the same old Europe” are supporting Iran’s state plan of genocide against Jews and its use of “portable gas chambers.” I asked that guy how much of his sign he believes. “All of it.”