BREAKING: This HUGE Step Obama Just Took On Iran Deal Makes Many In Congress Fighting Mad

It’s happened — a vote in the United Nations Security Council that’s sure to push more than a few buttons of anger and frustration among members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

As Reuters reports, the Iran nuke deal aggressively pushed by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry has just been endorsed by the 15-member U.N. Security Council before the United States Congress has even had a chance to take up review and debate on the highly controversial agreement.

“The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement,” reports Reuters.

“The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna last week between Iran and the world’s major powers.”

On top of the U.N.’s okay for the nuclear pact, Reuters says that the European Union has also approved the deal between Iran and world powers that, in addition to the U.S., include Russia, Great Britain, China, Germany, and France.

The New York Times reports that powerful Capitol Hill lawmakers from both parties have expressed their strong objection to the Obama administration taking the Iran deal to the United Nations before the Congress could exercise its lawful right to consider the pact that anticipates the phase-out of sanctions against Iran. The Times notes:

At least two senior Democrats have joined the Republican leadership in complaining that the Security Council action…would pre-empt the congressional debate. Their concern is that it would signal the international community’s intention to dismantle the sanctions — if Iran meets the nuclear terms of the accord — before American lawmakers have had time to vote on it.

In announcing terms of the deal he called “historic,” the president last week essentially told Congress it could go ahead and debate the agreement purportedly intended to curb Iran’s ambition to obtain a nuclear weapon, but that he would veto any legislation aimed at blocking implementation of the accord.

The congressional review of the nuke deal that formally begins today, Monday, will focus on an array of contentious issues, as outlined by The New York Times: “the duration of the agreement, the strength of inspection provisions and the procedures for reimposing sanctions if the Iranians violate the agreement. Critics have also complained that the lifting of sanctions and the eventual end of an arms embargo will empower Iran to act against American interests around the world.”

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Obama’s Own Adviser Just Admitted Something About Iran Deal He NEVER Wanted Public

When the Obama administration has a self-serving story it wants to sell to the American public, it often trots out Susan Rice, the president’s national security adviser and generally dependable lockstep lieutenant. Yes, that Susan Rice — the Obama mouthpiece who infamously claimed on a handful of TV talk shows that the deadly Benghazi attack was prompted by an amateurish YouTube video. The same Susan Rice who stunningly declared that accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl served his country with “honor and distinction.”

So, here now comes Ms. Rice with her latest attempt at a spin-to-win media appearance — this one in defense of President Obama’s Iran deal that’s drawing so much bipartisan fire. However, the Obama surrogate may have stepped in it while talking to Wolf Blitzer and his CNN viewers about the tens of billions of dollars Iran is slated to receive as a result of sanctions being lifted.

Breitbart News reports that Rice admitted the Islamic regime in Iran may well spend some of the freed-up cash on beefing up its military and supporting terrorist operations in the Middle East. Rice, though, used the euphemism “bad behavior” instead of terrorism; just as her boss, Obama, has refused to utter the phrase “Islamic terrorism.”

“National Security Adviser Susan Rice said ‘we should expect’ that some of the money Iran gets under sanctions relief as a result of the nuclear deal ‘would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we have seen in the region’ on Wednesday’s ‘Situation Room’ on CNN,” says Breitbart.

Experts have estimated that some $100-150 billion in Iranian assets have been frozen in the international banking system and are expected to be thawed under the terms of the deal for which the Obama administration continues to take a protracted victory lap. In her interview with CNN, Rice essentially said “so what” about the potential use of those funds to help Iran militarily:

…yes, it is real, it is possible, and, in fact, we should expect that some portion of that money would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we have seen in the region up until now. But the goal here, Wolf, was never, and was not designed to prevent them from engaging in bad behavior in region.

Did you catch that? Did you see that one of President Obama’s top advisers said the lengthy, difficult negotiations with one of the biggest state sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East were never intended “to prevent them from engaging in bad behavior in the region?”

When considering how this admission fits into the big-picture scenario the Obama administration is trying to paint regarding the potential dangers of Iran getting its hands on those billions in unfrozen assets, one must take into account what John Kerry just said. Does what Rice told CNN square with what the secretary of state told the international press on Tuesday?

As CNS News has reported, Kerry “played down concerns that Iran will use the windfall from sanctions relief under the nuclear agreement to boost sponsorship for terrorists, suggesting that groups like Hezbollah do not benefit all that much from Iranian financial support in the first place.”

The CNS article also notes that many in Congress, as well as a number of America’s Mideast allies, have expressed serious concern regarding the potential for Iran to strengthen its conventional military and traditional terror ties; but “[t]he White House firmly opposed efforts by Republican lawmakers to link Iran’s support for terrorism to the nuclear negotiations which have now been finalized.”

A vocal opponent of Obama’s Iran deal, GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, says it is naive and foolish to believe Iran will use the unfrozen funds just to improve its hobbled economy.

Business Insider reports: “Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK), one of the most rabid opponents of the deal, characterized it as a ‘signing bonus’ that Iran’s leaders could use to fund overseas terrorism and other attacks on U.S. interests.”

Congress has an opportunity to debate the deal and give it an up or down vote. If lawmakers pass legislation blocking the pact, Obama has threatened a veto.

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The Way Iran Just Reacted To Obama’s Nuke Deal Raises MAJOR Warning Flags

When the leaders of a nation whose people are encouraged to chant “Death to America” express their unqualified pleasure with the just-announced nuclear deal, one must ask whether that agreement can possibly be a good one for the United States, as President Obama claims it is.

The New York Post reminds us that it wasn’t that long ago — only a few months, in fact — when Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei shouted those three threatening words, “Death to America,” as he addressed a rowdy mob in Tehran. And since the persistently militant Ayatollah is supposedly the top official in the Iranian regime who speaks for the country’s national interests, many would no doubt find it extremely disturbing that Iran’s president just said “all our objectives” have been met thanks to the Obama-promoted nuke talks.

If “Death to America” is the desire, and “all our objectives” have been met, then Obama’s only rationale for embracing the nuclear accord, it would seem, is to say that Iran’s top officials are not to be believed — that their fiery rhetoric is just hollow posturing. But, if Iran’s leaders are not to be believed in calling for the destruction of the United States, how then can Barack Obama say we should trust that they’re telling the truth in their promise not to pursue nuclear weapons?

In an article posted on Yahoo! News by a writer for Agence France-Presse (AFP), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is quoted as telling his nation after the Tuesday announcement of a done deal to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons program, “God has accepted the nation’s prayers.” Purportedly, Rouhani was referring to prayers for the lifting of what he termed the “inhuman and tyrannical sanctions” on the Iranian people.

However, issuing other messages through his Twitter account, Iran’s cheery, gleeful president referred to the deal as a “victory” for his country that has long expressed its public animosity toward both the United States and Israel.

Image Credit: Twitter/Hassan Rouhani

Image Credit: Twitter/Hassan Rouhani

Rouhani went on to tweet a comment about the nuke deal that contradicted what both Obama and Secretary of State Kerry claimed of the just-approved pact — Rouhani boasting that economic sanctions against Iran would be lifted right away, not in stages.

Image Credit: Twitter/Hassan Rouhani

Image Credit: Twitter/Hassan Rouhani

But those two social media messages from the Iranian president whose style contrasts greatly with that of his bellicose predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, were not the only cause for questioning the benefits of the deal, especially for the U.S.’s biggest regional ally, Israel.

Image Credit: Twitter/ Hassan Rouhani

Image Credit: Twitter/ Hassan Rouhani

In other coverage of the Iran nuke deal and reaction to it, Western Journalism has reported on the dire warning from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the prediction from GOP Sen. Tom Cotton that the deal would be killed by Congress, and the highly disturbing anti-Israel picture posted by Iran’s supreme leader only days before the announcement of the accord being signed in Vienna.

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When Netanyahu Heard About Obama’s Iran Nuke Deal He Had 6 Haunting Words To Say

“An historic mistake for the world” — that’s how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described in six haunting words the Iran nuclear deal that President Obama just praised. The two so-called “allies” could hardly be farther apart in their assessment of the just-announced agreement that, according to Obama, is “a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

As The Wall Street Journal reports, Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials are condemning the terms of the deal between terror-sponsoring Iran and six world powers, including the United States and Russia.

“Wide-ranging concessions were made in all of the areas which should have prevented Iran from getting the ability to arm itself with a nuclear weapon,’’ Mr. Netanyahu said. “The desire to sign an agreement was stronger than everything else.”

The article in the Journal also notes Netanyahu’s warning that “lifting economic sanctions on Iran will give Tehran ‘hundreds of billions of dollars’ to boost support [of] its allies in the Middle East that are also Israel’s enemies.”

The Washington Post’s coverage of reaction in Jerusalem to the nuke deal with Israel’s sworn enemy cites the “stark apocalyptic language” used by Netanyahu and other critics of the U.S.-led negotiations that resulted in the pact with Iran announced with great fanfare early Tuesday.

“Netanyahu’s hardline coalition partner, education minister Naftali Bennett said, ‘Today a terrorist nuclear superpower is born, and it will go down as one of the darkest days in world history,’” according to the Post article.

Israeli reaction has been overwhelmingly negative to the Iran deal that the Obama administration has been aggressively pursuing — and for which Secretary of State John Kerry has seemingly been conceding key points to Tehran right and left. The Washington Post has been tracking social media accounts in Israel and finds them “filled with images of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who pushed a policy of appeasement toward Adolf Hitler and the Nazis on the eve of World War II.”

In addition to the inevitable conflict in Washington over the terms of the Iran deal — a number of key lawmakers on Capitol Hill have already condemned the pending pact — a big question now is whether Israelis will determine it necessary to take military matters into their own hands.

The Post article on the harsh criticism and dire warnings issued by Prime Minister Netanyahu and his close allies quotes the Israeli education minister as making sure the world knows that his country will not stand down in the face of what many perceive as an existential threat.

“Israel will defend itself,” [Naftali] Bennett warned, vowing that military action is still an option for the Jewish State, which feels itself in the crosshairs from a belligerent enemy, where just last week protesters in Tehran were chanting “Death to Israel!”

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Great Anger In Israel Over Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program announced today has led to great anger in Israel. There is wall-to-wall consensus among politicians and the Israeli public that the agreement between Iran and six world powers is a very bad deal that endangers not only Israel but the entire region.

Israeli radio stations broadcasted live the addresses of Iranian President Rouhani and President Obama as well as the press conferences of Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, who called the deal an historic mistake.

“The celebrations in Tehran and Iranian declarations of victory contrast starkly with the gloom hanging today over almost all Israelis,” wrote former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren in an article for Time Magazine today.

Netanyahu said during the press conference:

This deal repeats the mistakes made with North Korea. There, too, we were assured that inspections and verifications would prevent a rogue regime from developing nuclear weapons. And we all know how that ended. The bottom line of this very bad deal is exactly what Iran’s President Rouhani said today: the international community is removing the sanctions, and Iran is keeping its nuclear program.

The deal will give an unreformed, unrepentant and far richer terrorist regime the capacity to produce many nuclear bombs – in fact, an entire nuclear arsenal, with the means to deliver it.

What a stunning historic mistake.

“Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran, because Iran continues to seek our destruction,” the Israeli Prime Minister warned. “We will always defend ourselves.”

“I say to all the leaders in Israel,” he continued, “it is time to put petty politics aside and unite behind this most fateful issue to the future and security of the State of Israel.”

Other prominent Israeli ministers similarly slammed the deal as an “historic capitulation.”

A closer look at some key elements of the deal reveals why the Israelis (and the Arab countries too) say this is a very bad deal.

Today Reuters reported that the U.S. negotiation team has again given in on a key demand. For an inspection regime to be effective, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) needs unlimited access (including surprise visits) to all sites where Iran is suspected of conducting activities related to its nuclear program, including the military sites. But the draft tells us that the deal calls for U.N. inspectors to have access to all suspect sites, including the military, based on consultations between the powers and Tehran. So now the “anytime, anywhere” inspection regime is dependent on consultations with the Iranians who have always said inspections of military sites are off limits.

The anytime, anywhere inspection regime became even more crucial after the U.S. negotiators gave in on the original demand that the Iranians take physical actions that would prevent them from going nuclear if they wanted to: dismantling centrifuges, shuttering facilities, etc. The Iranians said no to those demands, and the Americans backed off. The fallback position relied 100% on verification: yes the Iranians would be physically able to cheat, the argument went, but the cheating would be detected because of an anytime, anywhere inspection regime.

Here’s an example of another major concession to the Iranians that will, in fact, mean that the nuclear program will be placed under international sponsorship for research and development: since the work will be overseen by a great power, it will be off-limits to the kind of sabotage that has kept the Iranian nuclear program in check until now.

A few weeks ago, The Associated Press leaked parts of an annex confirming that a major power would be working with the Iranians to develop next-generation centrifuge technology at the Fordo underground military enrichment bunker. Technically the work won’t be on nuclear material, but AP noted that “isotope production uses the same technology as enrichment and can be quickly re-engineered to enriching uranium.” The administration had once promised Congress that Iran would be forced to dismantle its centrifuge program. The Iranians refused, so the administration conceded that they would be allowed to keep their existing centrifuges.

The result is that, since the work will now be overseen by a great power, it will be off-limits to the kind of sabotage that has kept the Iranian nuclear program in check until now.

The Israel Project’s (TIP) CEO, Josh Block, wrote in an e-mail to Western Journalism that President Obama promised Congress and the American people that he would secure a good deal or walk away:

He couldn’t bring home a good deal and he couldn’t bring himself to walk away. Instead, he walked away from every key position demanding the shuttering or dismantlement of Iran’s military nuclear infrastructure — including their fortified enrichment bunker, buried under a mountain, on a military base, where Iran will be permitted to continue enriching and developing its ability to spin faster and more advanced centrifuges.

To believe this is a good deal, you have to trust Iran. The American people, and their lawmakers, rightly, do not.

Over the next 60 days, Congress will review this accord, acknowledge that the President has, unfortunately, not lived up to the promises that he made, and instead delivered a deal that will make America, our children, and the world less safe.

The American people deserve better. Our negotiators can do better. Congress must insist on it, and reject this bad deal.

Now that the negotiations in Vienna have ended, Congress has 60 days to review the deal. But in reality, it has far less time for a thorough examination and to hold hearings.

Congress will recess in August until September 8. It will take three days to call up a bill and vote on it. The chance there will be a quick vote is almost non-existent because the draft agreement is more than 150 pages long and lawmakers will want to figure out what is in the thing. The first time the Senate will be able to vote on the deal is September 11, so Congress has only a few weeks for its review and the vote on the deal.

European and American negotiators were still celebrating the fact that they had offered Iran a golden opportunity to return to the family of nations without having to dismantle a single nuclear facility when Fars News in Iran demonstrated that, for Tehran, the world has remained the same.

The mouthpiece of the regime of the Islamic Republic had this to say about the agreement:

With the American spin machine on overdrive, the hostility between Iran and the United States is here to stay. Whatever happens in Vienna, Tehran will inevitably expand its role as a vital hub/node of Eurasia integration – from the New Silk Road to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Tehran will continue to safeguard its technical and scientific achievements, particularly its sovereign nuclear program. At the same time, Tehran will continue to support its allies and work for peace and security throughout the region.

Whatever happens in Vienna, the road ahead will still be that of resistance against the neocon nut jobs, their acronym fest of spy agencies, and their regional cohorts and machinations. As maintained by Ayatollah Khamenei, the struggle against the arrogant powers and their divide and rule techniques has only just begun.

Omri Ceren contributed to this report from Vienna.

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