During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran nuclear sanctions, Wednesday morning Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) stunned the political world with this observation: “The more I hear this administration and it’s quotes, the more it sounds like talking points straight from Tehran.”
Menendez has led the Democratic caucus against Obama’s calls for Congress not to add more sanctions to Iran. Obama maintains that more sanctions may foil negotiations with Iran to end their nuclear program. Senate Republicans and a number of Democrats disagree, saying that sanctions will motivate Iran to cut a deal or face economic ruin, and that the sanctions would not be implemented unless Iran walked away from the negotiating table.
Menendez asked United States Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken a great rhetorical question for which he had no answer: “They get to cheat…in a series of ways, and we get to worry about their perceptions?”
Woof! That powerful Israel lobby must really have their hooks in this guy.
Back in December, Senator McCain led the opposition to the confirmation of the “abysmally ignorant” Blinken as the country’s No. 2 diplomat.
“This individual has actually been dangerous to America and to the young men and women who are fighting and serving it,” said the veteran senator, who will be chairman of the Armed Services Committee in the new Republican-led Senate.
Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the current chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, defended Blinken as eminently qualified. Blinken’s resume also includes time as a senior foreign relations committee staff member.
It has been reported that Obama’s closest advisor – who happens to be Iranian – has in the past led “secret talks” with Iran on their nuclear program.