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New Yorkers rallied Monday outside the midtown Manhattan office of Senator Chuck Schumer, most of them demonstrating against his decision to oppose the Iran deal. Counterprotestors also assembled, expressing support for Schumer and denouncing the nuclear negotiations in the shadow of a large inflatable mushroom cloud.

Protestors denounce Schumer's perceived loyalty to Israeli interests. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Protestors denounce Schumer’s perceived loyalty to Israeli interests. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

The protest was organized by Peace Action New York State, which called on those “ready to take to the streets over Senator Schumer’s decision” to join them in passing out flyers, collecting signatures on petitions, and encouraging Schumer’s constituents to call his office and express their disapproval. Israel’s role in the campaign against the deal, and its influence over Schumer in particular, was a prominent theme of the signs and slogans at the rally; along with antiwar anthems “Down by the Riverside” and “Give Peace a Chance,” chants of “Barry, not Bibi” could be heard. Several placards demanded that Schumer pay with his leadership role for trying to thwart the president’s signature foreign policy initiative.

Though smaller, the pro-Schumer contingent was animated and vocal. A flyer handed out by opponents of the deal quoted talking points from Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI), a Likud-style advocacy group:

We are relieved that [Schumer] took this FIRST STEP. He heard our voices, the voices of every single person who called, who wrote, who sent postcards, and who rallied. He was strong enough to go against a President he was championed many times before.

We need to call Senator Schumer (212-486-4430) and ( and come in person to his offices) [sic] to let him know that we thank him for this. WE must also make clear that it is not only his vote on the rejection of the deal, BUT ALSO HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT IN VOTING FOR AN OVERRIDE of an EXPECTED VETO that will assure his place in history. He is still a leader in the Senate who is able and should be working to get other lawmakers on the side of right! We are counting on him!

The flyer also noted, “There has been an ugly insinuation that the positions are coming in along religious lines,” providing the URL to a New York Times story on the aftershocks of Schumer’s decision among Congressional Democrats. In addition to calling for gratitude toward Schumer for his supposedly brave stance — “WE MUST MEET HIS CALL FOR A RETURN TO SANCTIONS FOR IRAN AND PERHAPS OTHER NATIONS WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS DOWN THE LINE WITH A GREAT BIG YASHER KOACH!” — AFSI reminded people to keep pressuring New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, who has said she will support the “imperfect” Iran deal. “It’s not too late to change her mind!” the flyer declared.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has an office in the same building on Third Avenue in midtown, was also addressed directly by anti-deal demonstrators. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has an office in the same building on Third Avenue in midtown, was also addressed directly by anti-deal demonstrators. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

The presence of both pro- and anti-deal protesters led to some interesting exchanges. One Schumer critic explained to two anti-Iran demonstrators that the Wahhabi ideology of our ally Saudi Arabia is far more threatening to world peace than Shiism; they replied that Saudi Arabia has signaled an intention to develop its own nuclear capability if the Iranian program is not dismantled.

One Schumer critic explained to two anti-Iran demonstrators that our ally Saudi Arabia's "Wahhabist ideology is far scarier than the Shia."

One Schumer critic explained to two anti-Iran demonstrators that our ally Saudi Arabia’s “Wahhabist ideology is far scarier than the Shia.” (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Lillian Pollak (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Lillian Pollak (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Nearly everyone at the rally was middle-aged or older, and though the peaceniks were probably less elderly on average, they almost certainly could claim the most senior protestor: Lillian Pollak, age 100, sat at a table near the picket lines, watching the demonstration amid the regular lunchtime crowd. She held a placard that read “Schumer voters, say Yes Yes to Iran nuclear deal.” Historically, Pollak said, “Israel has been able to hold up any kind of a peace deal, or progress, by the threat card.” But things are different. In 1960s America, “Israel was in. All the young people were dancing the hora and sending money to Israel and flocking to Israel. It took a long, long time. First of all, what changed were some of the massacres that took place against the Palestinians. And the fact that young people were learning to become disillusioned. It’s taking a long time, but I sit there, and I see a change.” She observed that people are more receptive now to protests like this one: “There’s information coming out. They are not able to lie infamously and get away with it.” And she remembered the days seventy years ago when the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan: “People were running around waving the papers, shouting, ‘Hooray, we stopped the war,'” heedless of so many innocent victims. “People were happy. People are finally starting to turn away toward peace. You can’t get away with preaching patriotism all these years.”

When I asked some Schumer supporters if they were affiliated with any organization, one woman smiled and told me they represented “the ‘I Love America’ group.” A man nearby sternly interjected that no such group existed; they were simply there to support Schumer’s “difficult decision,” which the senator made despite threats that he would be “deprived of power.” The man, who identified himself as Wayne Lacks of Brooklyn, a registered Democrat, told me why the deal was bad — most alarmingly, “at the end of 10 years the administration says Iran will have nuclear weapons.” He outlined several fatal flaws — continuing enrichment of uranium, the lifting of ICBM-related sanctions within eight years, a lack of snap inspections, the fact that Iran gets to provide its own soil samples — before concluding that this agreement is “only enhancing war. Of course I want peace as much as anyone, for heaven’s sakes.”

Brooklyn resident Wayne Lacks opposes the nuclear deal. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Brooklyn resident Wayne Lacks opposes the nuclear deal. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A protestor displays a strongly-worded message for Sen. Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A protestor displays a strongly-worded message for Sen. Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A pro-deal protestor displays a map detailing Israel's nuclear arsenal and U.S. military bases in the region, as well as the Nonproliferation Treaty membership statuses. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A pro-deal protestor displays a map detailing Israel’s nuclear arsenal and U.S. military bases in the region, as well as the Nonproliferation Treaty membership statuses. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

(Photo: Eamon Murphy)

(Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A member of the Neturi Karta sect advertises a rally by anti-Zionist orthodox rabbis against Schumer's decision later that day. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A member of the Neturi Karta sect advertises a rally by anti-Zionist orthodox rabbis against Schumer’s decision later that day. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Supporters of Schumer's decision demonstrate against the deal in front of a large inflatable mushroom cloud. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

Supporters of Schumer’s decision demonstrate against the deal in front of a large inflatable mushroom cloud. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A sprightly opponent of the deal demonstrates against Iran. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

A sprightly opponent of the deal demonstrates against Iran. (Photo: Eamon Murphy)

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  1. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    August 10, 2015, 7:37 pm

    “Yasher Koach,” I just learned, means, good job, or congratulations.

  2. joecatron
    joecatron
    August 10, 2015, 9:05 pm

    What interested me most was that none of the protest participants loyal to the Democratic party – who seemed like a clear majority – were visibly nonplussed by my very anti-Zionist and not-at-all subtle yelling at the fools. The times, they are a-changing.

    • ckg
      ckg
      August 10, 2015, 10:49 pm

      Joe, we all know you’re an excellent photog. Did you bring your camera?

      • joecatron
        joecatron
        August 11, 2015, 2:20 am

        Thank you! And there’s some problem with the battery I need to figure out. The dumb thing won’t charge.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    August 10, 2015, 10:57 pm

    RE: “WE MUST MEET HIS CALL FOR A RETURN TO SANCTIONS FOR IRAN AND PERHAPS OTHER NATIONS ~ Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI)

    MY COMMENT: Sanction Europe! Hell, sanction the entire world (excluding Israel, of course)! ! !

    • michelle
      michelle
      August 11, 2015, 3:36 pm

      .
      why Iran
      for n-energy/power plant(s)
      .
      I-deal is good
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

  4. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    August 10, 2015, 11:10 pm

    RE: “Supporters of Schumer’s decision demonstrate against the deal in front of a large inflatable mushroom cloud.” ~ photo

    MY COMMENT: The large inflatable mushroom cloud looks like a leftover from Iran180! ! !

    FOR BACKGROUND ON ‘IRAN 180’, SEE: “Pro-Israel Lobby Uses Sexual Humiliation, Gay Pornography in Anti-Iran Propaganda War”, by Richard Silverstein, TikunOlam, 6/11/12

    [EXCERPT] Ben Doherty published an illuminating report at Electronic Intifada about a new initiative by the American Jewish pro-Israel lobby to smear Iran. There are so many that it wouldn’t be newsworthy but for the fact that this new group, Iran180, created under the auspices of the New York Jewish Community Relations Council, is using sexual humiliation and abuse as a political tool smearing Iran’s president.
    At San Francisco’s 2011 Gay Pride parade, Iran180 hosted a float which featured a huge papier-mache Ahmadinejad figure with his pants down being sodomized by a presumably Israeli nuclear missile. The original caption accompanying this image was: “Ahmadinejad Getting Fu**ed in the Ass with a Nuclear Weapon.” Another image featured here shows the Iranian president fellating the same missile. All these are more are linked from the Iran180 site to its Flickr gallery. Another image features Bashar Assad and Ahmadinejad celebrating their gay marriage under a chupah, a Jewish wedding canopy. As shocking as this is (and it is), sleuthing the origins of this group and exposing why it’s presenting such shameful imagery as a form of political discourse in the U.S. is even more instructive. It shows the vast pro-Israel/anti-Iran conspiracy at work in this country seeking any possible opening or advantage in the run-up to Israeli war against Iran. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2012/06/11/pro-israel-lobby-uses-sexual-humiliation-in-anti-iran-propaganda-war/

  5. eGuard
    eGuard
    August 11, 2015, 4:09 am

    So the pro-Schumer lot were instructed not to use the words “Israel” or “Jewish”. They are left speechless.

  6. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    August 11, 2015, 4:48 am

    Former Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann believes the Iran deal should be celebrated and that we should all be privileged to be living in these times. “The End Times”. Iran deal a cause for celebration because it proves the End Times have begun in earnest. http://www.salon.com/2015/08/10/michele_bachmann_iran_deal_a_cause_for_celebration_because_it_proves_the_end_times_have_begun_in_earnest/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow I must confess I had never thought of it that way, but it does show the kind of intellectual arguments we are up against.

    • bryan
      bryan
      August 11, 2015, 5:15 am

      Please elaborate: what kind of “intellectual arguments” are we up against? Raving lunacy surely? Infantile piffle possibly? Superstitious mumbo-jumbo perhaps?

      • HarryLaw
        HarryLaw
        August 11, 2015, 7:03 am

        bryan, possibly all those things, however here in the UK it is possible to have an individual ‘sectioned’ i.e, commit [someone] compulsorily to a psychiatric hospital] in accordance with a section of the Mental Health Act. I do not recommend this for US citizens [especially in the Bible belt] the hospitals would be overflowing.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 11, 2015, 7:18 am

        All three. The standard fare of American politics that fill the rest of us with amused contempt.

        For, of course, the sagacious statesmen and women in the Australian political sphere hardly ever descend to superstitious jumbo-jumbo.

        Incoherent fashionable drivel takes its place, along with cringing obsequiousness to American/Israeli whims, and our own, home-grown, completely different, raving lunacy and infantile piffle.

      • bryan
        bryan
        August 11, 2015, 7:34 am

        Pretty poor excuse for her – she has lived all her life in Minnesota – which is almost on the doorstep of civilisation (if you take a short trip across the border). Or were you referring to the bible belt and braces. (:-)

      • biggerjake
        biggerjake
        August 11, 2015, 9:37 am

        The American politicians and the people that don’t support the deal must truly be a source of amusement to the rest of the world.

        The whole spectacle of the supposed “nuclear crisis” and Iran has been manufactured by ill informed, special interest owned politicians in the US and the evil government of Israel.

        From the book Manufactured Crisis:

        “But the secret at the heart of the crisis is that the central assertions underlying the American, Israeli, and European pressure on Iran were not based on historical reality.”

        “Manufactured Crisis shows that US-Israeli strategy was aimed at using the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to build a case that Iran’s nuclear program had been merely a cover for a nuclear weapons program. That case would serve as the basis for United Nations Security Council actions that would punish Iran, or even for unilateral US military action against Iran. As a result the IAEA, which had previously been a relatively nonpolitical actor performing technical analysis of nuclear programs, was transformed over the 2003– 8 period into an adjunct of the anti-Iran strategy.”

        Porter, Gareth (2014-06-18). Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Kindle Locations 139-141). Just World Books. Kindle Edition.

      • John O
        John O
        August 11, 2015, 11:34 am

        @bryan

        Earlier, Minnesota produced Bob Dylan and Garrison Keillor. What went wrong?

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 11, 2015, 6:21 am

      POTUS Candidate Huckabee believes fervently in The End Times: http://www.jewsonfirst.org/08a/huckabee_christian_zionist.html
      Frightening.
      But he’s against the deal.

    • annie
      annie
      August 11, 2015, 7:11 am

      omg harry, i can’t stop laughing.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 11, 2015, 7:26 am

        Laughing?

        If, by some appalling error, he ends up as president, he will have an enormous nuclear arsenal and a large, powerful, conventional military at his command.

        That prospect should have you wetting your knickers, but not with laughter.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        August 11, 2015, 8:16 am

        Yeah, Annie, as you know well, it’s no laughing matter; here’s another bad joke–GOP whores flock to Israel to get latest orders & hasbara sound bites to stop Iran Deal: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/PressRoom/2015/Pages/President-Rivlin-meets-delegation-of-Republican-members-of-Congress-11-August-2015.aspx

      • annie
        annie
        August 11, 2015, 8:38 am

        i was referring to harry’s* I must confess I had never thought of it that way, but it does show the kind of intellectual arguments we are up against.

        (re bachmann) sorry, wasn’t clear. although your points still stand — i really thought it was funny — wanting the deal so that the end of times could come faster — and that being a kind of intellectual argument.

        *just edited original comment for clarity and added harry’s name.

  7. Boomer
    Boomer
    August 11, 2015, 6:27 am

    Thanks for the report. The number of people who read it may be small, compared with those who see only the MSM, but it is heartening. I particularly liked the wisdom, and the example, of Lillian Pollak, age 100. It was a needed antidote to the dose of MSM I got on NPR this morning, including an interview with President Obama. Even the President basically accepts Israel’s narrative, even while arguing for the Iran agreement. No one in the MSM suggests that people of Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan have been victims of Israel’s aggression. Ethnic cleansing is treated as defense. “Israel has a right to defend itself,” and the U.S. must help Israel prevail against its irrational enemies. Over the years, a few politicians have hinted at another version of truth. None that I can think of are in power today.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 11, 2015, 8:22 am

      Yeah, I guess in US mainstream political mind, Palestinians don’t have a right to self-defense, resistance. In my hot link above, Huckabee said back about 7 years ago that the Palestinians are human just like you and me, and are innocent of persecution of Jews, but he also defended Israeli settlements because Israel can’t go back to the green line or it won’t be able to defend itself properly. He said they can go to Arab lands to live since Arabs have lots more land, suggesting Egypt or wherever. He apparently does not see the Arab states are states, just like the USA is a state, and he lumps Arabs everywhere in the Middle East as one giant people state. Ironic, since England once promised the Arabs who fought the Germans a big Arab state, but then ignored that under implementation of Balfour Declaration after WW1 was over. Lawrence of Arabia got screwed, and so did the Arabs, and now, most particularly, the Palestinians, both Arab and Christian. Britannia deserves its fast approaching fate; it won’t even be ruling over a local wave soon.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        August 11, 2015, 10:29 am

        Britannia deserves its fast approaching fate; it won’t even be ruling over a local wave soon.

        You’re a bit late. Britannia has long been a US Territory, non-voting. Same status as Guam.

  8. Kay24
    Kay24
    August 11, 2015, 7:47 am

    There should be more rallies for the deal like this. The nation should feel that the majority do not want any more wars. It is always the negative voices supporting war, that is louder.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 11, 2015, 8:33 am

      The expensive Zionist ads on TV are raining down daily, and the latest polls show they are successful, changing public opinion though pure Fear. There’s no competition except Obama appearing on TV to sell Iran Deal as a rational decision. I wish there was just one really rich supporter of the Iran Deal, an anti-Adelson kinda guy. But there does not seem to be any in this country of, what, 320,000 people?

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        August 11, 2015, 9:20 am

        I agree. Just like the drums of war were beaten ad nauseam before the Iraq war, which changed the mind set of the American people, who previously were against the war, a similar campaign is being waged. I wish the WH was more forceful in their push for this deal, even getting the scientists who support this, speak out. If this was the Bush admin. the neocons will be all over the country making public appearances and even lying for the cause.

      • michelle
        michelle
        August 11, 2015, 5:03 pm

        .
        It does seem like the POTUS has too many fair weather friends
        ready for a party but not staying to help clean up after
        it’s like he is standing alone for America in a rain storm
        where are his real friends/supporters
        where are Americas real friends/supporters
        .
        the other day a self proclaimed “fun aunt” called me an instigator
        .
        if this be His Will may the G-d I know and fully believe in Bless every & all
        may He help us with our good efforts and help us from our wrong efforts
        .

        .

  9. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    August 11, 2015, 8:47 am

    God, I just love that inflatable mushroom cloud. Someone should make bouncy houses in that shape for Halloween.

    • michelle
      michelle
      August 11, 2015, 5:11 pm

      .
      sure sure
      then if/when they blow up into the air with people inside it will really be a sight to see
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

  10. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    August 11, 2015, 10:59 am

    Coming to a cinema near you. Is it a bird? No, Is it a plane? No, Its the ‘Cruz’ missile. Watch the ‘Cruz’ missile and Schuma the Shoma take on ‘Ayatollah the merciless’ in a bid to end his quest to destroy life on earth with his ‘Death ray’.

  11. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    August 11, 2015, 11:03 am

    Well done on the photos and story, Eamon. What a rich event to mine.
    I am very envious.

  12. Theo
    Theo
    August 11, 2015, 1:47 pm

    The Iran deal matches in importance the deal with the soviets about nuclear weapons and the deal with China, that brought them and us a greater prosperity. If you would discard everything made in China, probably you would have not much left.
    I personally have great beliefe in the average jew, they are always in the front lines when it comes to freedom and rights for all. During the 1960s jewish lawyers risked their lives in the south to support the quest of our dark skinned bothers for freedom and equality, guaranteed them by the Constitution and Bill of Richts, but denied by racist politicians and population. I personally experienced it during 1961 in Charleston, SC, when two US Army officers, one white, one black, could not go to downtown together to have a dinner without risking an arrest by the local sheriff. And that almost hundred years after the civil war and freeing the slaves in the greatest democracy in the world!!!!

  13. An American Critic
    An American Critic
    August 11, 2015, 4:19 pm

    So I got an unsolicited e -mail from my old pal Jack Rosen (NOT), who is the President of the American Jewish Congress, and was SOOO delighted with Senator Chuck Shumer’s astonishing and brave decision to come out against the Iranian nuclear deal.

    Good ol’ Chuck. He’s courageous enough to call ’em like AIPAC sees ’em.

    Jack Rosen asked me to “join” them in thanking the daring Senator Chuck.

    Thought I’d share my response (very slightly edited for clarity):

    “Dear Mr. Rosen:

    You invite me to “join” you. Never, not in a 1000 years.

    Let me explain why.

    As a Jew (and NO, not a “self-hating Jew” but, hopefully, an ethical one), a son of a sabra, and an American, I cannot join in the support of Israel as it currently exists,- an ethnocracy that was created, and is maintained by, ethnic cleansing, and institutionalized religious, racial and ethnic privileges that constitute the “crime of apartheid” as defined by international law. The fact that bought and paid for US politicians are willing to sign on to the nonsensical and morally bankrupt positions espoused by AIPAC and the American Jewish Congress is not something to be proud of, just something to be ashamed of.

    As Jews, and as Americans, we are SUPPOSED to believe in egalitarianism and that no one should be denied the equal protection of the laws notwithstanding one’s race, religion, or ethnicity. Only the willfully blind or the inexcusably ignorant can deny that Israel, which DEFINES ITSELF as the “Jewish State,” is thus inescapably and unavoidably ethnocentric and discriminatory, as is evidenced in a thousand facets of its policies and institutions, including its immigration policies (e.g., the Law of the [Jewish but certainly not Palestinian] Return), its land and housing policies (home demolitions, discriminatory denial of building permits to Palestinians, the Jewish National Fund’s refusal to sell or lease land to anyone but Jews etc), water and resource policies, the settlements, the lack of civil rights to the millions of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and Gaza and the discriminatory laws that entitle Jews at the expense of even non-Jewish CITIZENS of Israel. Then there’s the ongoing brutality and killing by the IDF in the OTs and the disgraceful attacks on Gaza.

    Where is your conscience Mr Rosen? Where are your values? Are they reserved only for Jews? I am a student of history (with an undergrad degree in history and a life time of diligent reading and thought since) and like all of us was devastated by my study of the Shoah, In light of the lessons learned from centuries of oppression of our (the Jewish) people, that culminated in the Holocaust, how can you sign on to support policies that are so discriminatory, so oppressive, and so unconscionable brought, so ironically and disgustingly, in the name of the Jewish people. (In the role of oppressor)?

    In my opinion, you should be ashamed.

    The Iran nuclear deal may not go as far as one would like, but it is the best deal possible in this climate. The fears ginned up over an expansive Iran are so exaggerated. Unlike Israel, Iran has not once attacked its neighbors by expansive war since the Iranian revolution. The idea that Iran, in the name of freeing the Palestinians or in the name of Muslims generally, would use a nuclear device against Israel (which, with its own huge nuclear arsenal and submarines has an ENORMOUS retaliatory capacity, to say nothing of the US) that would necessarily also slaughter millions of Muslims and destroy or make uninhabitable the holy city of Jerusalem and probably most of the rest of Israel/Palestine is simply incredible and illogical in the extreme. Senator Schumer’s post reflects those fears, but not the countervailing considerations that largely dispel them. So too are Bibi’s truculence and fear mongering, which have more to do with scaring people into the Likud camp than reality, and are without substance or rationality.

    Please remove me from your mailing list. I will, however, be happy to engage in a respectful and rational dialogue if you wish to try to refute the points made in this message.

    Sincerely,”

    • annie
      annie
      August 11, 2015, 5:48 pm

      impressive!

      • An American Critic
        An American Critic
        August 11, 2015, 7:12 pm

        Thanks Annie. Curiously, I’ve received no response from Rosen, although I suppose it coulda been lost in the (e-) mail…

    • eGuard
      eGuard
      August 13, 2015, 5:28 am

      Another Jewish organisation claiming that an Iranian A-bomb on the US will only kill the Jews. Hophmi will not have slept these days. So much anti-Semitism everywhere.

  14. piotr
    piotr
    August 11, 2015, 4:36 pm

    Foreign Policy has a biting piece on Schumer.

    Chuck Schumer’s Disingenuous Iran Deal Argument

    The good senator from New York may be voting his conscience, but he’s got the facts all wrong.

    By Jeffrey Lewis [Jeffrey Lewis is director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.]
    August 9, 2015

    A veritable gold mine if you are searching for well-phrased arguments. To those who cannot reach beyond the paywall http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/08/09/upchuck-senator-schumers-disingenuous-iran-deal-argument/?wp_login_redirect=0 I paste some paragraphs.

    ================

    “Sharing a media market with Chuck Schumer is like sharing a banana with a monkey,” Corzine was quoted as saying in New York magazine. “Take a little bite of it, and he will throw his own feces at you.”

    On Thursday evening, right in the middle of the first GOP debate, Schumer reached back, took aim, and heaved a large one. He penned a long piece for Medium that some anonymous hack described as “thoughtful and deliberate.” Uh, ok. Maybe compared to Mike Huckabee’s outrage about “oven doors,” but good grief our standards for political discourse have fallen. Schumer’s missive came across a bit like your crazy uncle who gets his opinions from talk radio and wants to set you straight at Thanksgiving.

    ====
    Davis makes short work of Schumer’s arguments but concludes optimistically:
    ====

    But let’s not be too critical of Schumer’s insincerity. Despite having repeated these and other arguments against the Iran deal, Schumer, although a member of the Democratic leadership, has gone out of his way to signal that other caucus members should vote their conscience. Congress has a long history of members voting against agreements while working to pass them. Sen. Mitch McConnell, when he was minority leader, openly opposed the New START agreement, while paving the way for a small number of Republican senators to cross party lines to secure its ratification. Schumer appears to be doing something similar in this case, stating his personal opposition but not whipping votes against the deal.

    That might be something less than a profile in courage, but it’s how Congress works. And I think it’s a pretty good reason not to let these characters anywhere near foreign policy. But then again, I would have advised the president to veto the Cardin-Corker bill that established this farce of a process. But Obama signed it and here we are.

    ======

    Perhaps everything is safe. I get the same feeling as when my family stopped to have a view into the canyon of Little Colorado River. Next to the highway Navajo Indians were selling their crafts. The canyon was a narrow chasm with sheer half mile drops. Navaho children were playing on the edge.

    The very fact that the children were on top and no bloody splats were seen at the bottom argued that they know how to play safely. My wife did not find it reassuring at all.

    • eGuard
      eGuard
      August 13, 2015, 5:42 am

      The closing paragraph Perhaps everything is safe … is piotr’s, not PT’s. I was wrongfooted by its return to fear & distrust pose.

      The arguments in the piece, against Schumer’s “concience”, are strong. Schumer clearly distorts the facts of Deal into a big lie, FP explains.

  15. Les
    Les
    August 11, 2015, 6:23 pm

    Inculding so many photos of Schumer supporters gives the impression that they were significant in number. Their numbers were few and their impact insignificant. Check with anyone who was there demonstrating against Schumer including Quakers and others who were sitting and standing on the sidelines.

  16. Mooser
    Mooser
    August 11, 2015, 6:33 pm

    “A member of the Neturi Karta sect advertises a rally by anti-Zionist orthodox rabbis”

    Gosh, hair and clothes are very important to all of those guys. I wonder why? Gotta be just so.

  17. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    August 12, 2015, 12:05 am

    RE: “New Yorkers rally for, and against, Iran Deal outside Schumer office in midtown Manhattan”

    I just took action to tell Senator Chuck Schumer (i.e., #WarmongerChuck) not to lead Democrats into war with Iran.
    I think you should too!
    ✔ TO SIGN THE PETITION – http://act.credoaction.com/sign/schumer_iran?sp_ref=141894249.4.12437.e.0.3&referring_akid=.1603881.m5640e&source=mailto_sp

  18. eGuard
    eGuard
    August 13, 2015, 5:44 am

    Where is Colin Powell when you need his advise?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 14, 2015, 10:32 am

      “Where is Colin Powell when you need his advise?”

      I need some IT advice, I think I have a technical problem with my computer. I think the “search” function is broken! For instance here is Josh Marshall’s latest analysis of Schumer’s decision.
      My computer does not find “Israel” “Zionist” or any variations of those words on the page! Obviously, “search” function is broken, right? I’m no tech wizard, so ‘ll need help.

  19. Mooser
    Mooser
    August 14, 2015, 12:07 pm

    Yup, my old Dell has gone to hell! There’s another Marshall article there on Trump, the Repubs, and money in American politics. Again, my “search” function doesn’t work.

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