#IranDeal: The President’s Call To Action

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135 Responses to “#IranDeal: The President’s Call To Action”

  1. July 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    ‘….Mr Obama has taken the opposite tack. A realistic negotiator puts himself into his adversary’s shoes. The starting point on Iran is that its desire to go nuclear is entirely rational. US-led coalitions have invaded two of Iran’s direct neighbors, Iraq and Afghanistan in the past 15 years. American troops are still there. As a rule, the US does not invade countries that have nuclear weapons. Moreover, the US labelled Iran part of the “axis of evil” in 2002, at a time when Tehran wanted to help the US in Afghanistan, where they shared enmity with the Taliban (as they still do). Mohammad Khatami, the moderate cleric who was then Iran’s president, had also signaled a nuclear deal was possible. Had President George W Bush responded, a far better one would have been available. Instead, he branded Iran evil. Unsurprisingly, Tehran stepped up its clandestine efforts.

    …Yet his detractors offer no realistic alternatives. Many Republican candidates are promising to rescind the Iran deal on “day one” of their presidency. Diplomatic norms prevent Mr Obama from pointing out that Iran is a more promising candidate for peaceful change than Saudi Arabia. Unlike that country, Iran has a quasi-democracy. About half of its university graduates are female. There are competing power centres within Iran’s theological regime. Prospects for further relaxation are easy to imagine. By contrast, the House of Saud rests on brittle foundations. Who dares guess what would come after it? Iran is a natural counterbalance to Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi theocracy. As a non-Arab country, it is incapable of dominating the Middle East. There is also the small matter of how to defeat Isis. Without Iran’s help, the US would be in far worse straits. There are moments when US presidents take risks that alter the world as we know it. Ronald Reagan’s friendship with Mikhail Gorbachev is one instance. Richard Nixon’s opening to China is another. Mr Obama’s deal with Iran is almost as breathtaking in its scope. It is quite possible that it will fail. But if it unravels it should be because of Iran, not Congress. It would be a self-inflicted defeat for the US to torpedo its most significant act of diplomacy in a generation.’

    • July 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Well, in fact, since this is an international agreement authorized by the UN Security Council a new president does not have the power to rescind the agreement. It is now international law. And if the U.S. acted unilaterally it would be in violation of international law and subject itself to international sanctions. By then the new agreement will have fully taken effect and new business for American firms will eliminate any support for trying to implement new American sanctions.

      • July 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        Precisely, Bill. Wanted to acknowledge your comment before departing for the evening. Suggest you condense it to a tweet 🙂


      • July 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

        Yep. Just one small hurdle needed to calcify this….get these squishy D’s to get on board & quit wobbling around!

        This is pretty significant endorsement considering he used to be in house leadership (I also have a feeling that Donna Edwards supporting it put pressure on him too)

  2. 5 Allison
    July 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Good night everyone!

  3. 6 amk for obama
    July 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Go meta.

  4. July 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    • 8 desertflower
      July 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      This is a VERY IMPORTANT PIECE for framing your argument to your congresspeople! Please read this and share it widely!

  5. July 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the post, Nerdy….and thank you Meta for keeping us in the loop!

  6. 11 globalcitizenlinda
    July 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    thanks a lot Meta for these tweets;

    thanks a lot NW for highlighting the tweets;

    we need all hands on deck and I will do my part to make sure that the war-mongers don’t win and block this initiative for peace

  7. July 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    ‘…Six years ago, Fraser was an ordinary British teenager and had a pretty perfect life, according to his website. He was an athlete and a school prefect. That all changed one day while he was enjoying a vacation with friends in Portugal, when he dived into shallow surf and dislocated his neck. Now Henry is paralyzed from the shoulders down and gets around in a wheelchair…He’d studied art in school, but didn’t come back to drawing until this year. In January, Fraser was sick in bed, and bored of lying around. He began idly sketching with the@draw app on his iPad, using his stylus. His very first iPad drawing was of British rugby legend Johnny Wilkinson. He tweeted a photo of the drawing, and Wilkinson tweeted back, “That is phenomenal, Henry. I love it.”…

    “Sport has been a huge part of my life for really, my whole life,” he says. That’s what motivates him to draw so many athletes, including David Beckham, Usain Bolt and Manny Pacquiao. Many of the people he sketches reach out to him once the picture is posted. Fraser’s also struck up a correspondence with J.K. Rowling over Twitter. She retweeted this drawing of Harry Potter with “Wow!” Rowling also leapt to his defense when Fraser posted an email from an unknown girl called Laura that said, “I can’t believe how stupid you are — you deserve to not be able to use your arms and legs…continued

  8. July 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Have been studying frogs lately….thus my weird fascination with them of late 😕

  9. July 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    WHOA, thank you, Nerdy! LOLz.

  10. 19 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    So where are all the #IStandWithRand peaceniks when it comes to supporting our President & SOS in their quest to make the world more peaceful via the Iran deal? Why the silence from these individuals/groups?

    Where are the anti- Iraq war MMFlints, Sanders’, Van Jones’, Ron/Rand Paul supporters, etc? Paging…paging…paging…

  11. 22 No Child Left Behind
    July 30, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille.

    Very busy day kept me from the day’s news. But how sweet is my evening when I come home to hear of the high polls of THE DONALD both in favorability and unfavorability of the parallel universe where wackos reign!

  12. 23 globalcitizenlinda
    July 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Mr. Pete Souza’s photos of PBO in Kenya and Ethiopia are amazingly beautiful!!

    However, I must say that the one which brought tears to my eyes is the one where POTUS is greeting the catering staff in Ethiopia – human decency personified!

    is there a record of any other POTUS doing this (personally recognizing and thanking those who work behind the scenes and are routinely ignored by most of us)

  13. 24 Elly in Maryland
    July 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I emailed my Congressman today. I had already contacted the Senators but somehow was thinking it’s just the Senators who would have a vote. Anyway, corrected it now, and will put another FB post reminding others, same as I did when I contacted the Senators.

    • 25 GGail
      July 30, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Way to go Elly. Thanks for delurking to let us know that you’re doing your part.

      I would like more Lurkers to delurk and give a report of what they have done to support our President. Come on – let’s hear from you! 🙂

      • July 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm

        I emailed my congressman and my senators tonight telling them my husband and I support the nuclear deal. I’m from Ohio so the senators are Portman and Brown and, unfortunately, my congressman is Jim Jordan. Who else should we contact?

        • 27 GGail
          July 30, 2015 at 10:48 pm

          YAY ! Way to go CMC, thanks for delurking 😊
          Now tell as many family & friends.

        • 30 globalcitizenlinda
          July 30, 2015 at 11:08 pm

          Hi! fellow Buckeye here;

          thanks a lot for contacting our senators and joining the rest of us doing the same;

          even if your congress person (Jim Jordan) is opposed to the deal, please contact him too. it will make a difference to hear from his constituents

    • July 30, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Elly. Together I know we can make a difference.

    • 32 globalcitizenlinda
      July 30, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Elly, thanks a lot for making a difference with your contacts

  14. July 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Congrats on 1st LP

    Thank you, meta, for the ‘live tweeting’ of PBO’s conference call and, thank you, NW, for featuring meta’s tweets.

    Fact …


    Good night TOD ……….

  15. 34 GGail
    July 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    meta, your tweets are purrrrfect, thanks 🙂

    NW, thank you for doing a great job ^5

    Hopefully we can get those two Indian fellows to carry some of the duties too… We See You!

  16. July 30, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    ‘Music and cycling don’t mix, at least not on city roads. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to hear what your phone is telling you. Gemma Roper’s Safe+Sound is a pair of modular bone-conducting headphones that clip to the strap of your bike helmet and press against the bone next to your ear, letting you hear riding directions from your phone without blocking the sounds of the street. Audio is sent through the cheekbone, from where it is conducted to the ear.

    Even if it weren’t for the fact that they don’t block your ears, bone-conducting headphones might be better for listening to your Google Maps turn-by-turn directions anyway, because the sound never gets drowned out. Most of your riding instructions will come at or near busy intersections, which usually means you can’t hear them. When the instructions are routed through your skull, you won’t ever miss a turn. When you’re not on the bike, you can attach the speakers to a headband, using the same fixing system that secures them to your helmet straps. The Safe+Sound uses a regular 3.5mm jack cable, so you never need to recharge it, nor futz with wireless connections.’

  17. July 30, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    As the President was talking about the Iran Deal, he emphasized what a major shift this is in foreign policy, a big step toward changing the possibility of war. That some Democrats can’t see or feel this is really beyond me. I’ve listened carefully to POTUS, Sec Kerry and Dr. Moniz and they have all made it plain. What more do they need? This is about America taking the lead to de-escalate the turmoil.

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  19. July 30, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    This is cool!

  20. 51 MightyPamela
    July 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    🐻 ❤

  21. 52 allanbrauer
    July 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    1. You have two senators and a member of Congress. Call all three. No matter which party or how you think they’ll vote.
    2. Call their DISTRICT offices, not DC. The pressure groups target the DC offices. When you call the district office, identify yourself and from which town you’re calling. The people there are usually easier to engage. And if there’s anything positive you can say about their boss, use it.
    3. Emphasize that you want your rep to give diplomacy a chance to work, and that you know if it doesn’t, the sanctions snap back.

    I did this with Dianne Feinstein’s office a few weeks ago, and the person I spoke with let me know she was backing the deal before she released a statement. I then scooped the press by 2 hours on Twitter. 🙂

  22. 56 MightyPamela
    July 30, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    🐻 ❤ 🐻

  23. 57 Jennifer (from SM)
    July 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Long-time lurker; de-lurking to say that listened in on the President’s call; felt deeply honored to be participating in a phone call with the President. I responded to our President’s ask by calling my Senators Boxer and Feinstein and my Representative Lieu to ask them to support the Iran Deal.

    • 58 GGail
      July 31, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Jennifer, thank you for delurking- way to go!!! If we all make the calls, it will make a difference.

  24. July 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    It was only a matter of time…

  25. 62 FoxfireTX
    July 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Good evening TOD. Has anyone heard whether PBO is going to take the Iran Deal on the road this summer? He still attracts the crowds and still is the best salesman for this deal that we have. I’m hoping to see him out selling it. Seeing him locally just may be the thing to get our CITIZENS motivated to contact their reps.

    It is pretty hopeless here in TX and I’m not going to bother with Cruz but my R rep and Cornyn will be hearing from me a number of times.

  26. July 30, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    This is less about HRC and more about the worthless MSM….kind of sad that one has to watch/read foreign newscasts/publications to get objective & relevant reporting on all issues.

  27. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    July 31, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Thanks for this post, NW, and the informative tweets, meta!

    Missed a lot today, visiting my son at the hospital … during his nearly two-week stay, he has charmed (the pants off) all of the hospital staff, including his infectious diseases doctor who came in today, said, “Hi, Mom,” sat next to me and said to him, “This is just a social visit” – too funny. Even the dinner food services woman gives him two cookies when he orders only one, and he asked the lunch food services woman today if she’d “pour my Mom a cup of coffee” – she said, “Certainly,” brought it back to me, and after I thanked her profusely for her trouble, she actually said, “Any friend of his is a friend of mine.” ❤ (I'm reminded of when he went to second grade, and the "cafeteria lady" used to save him extra fries, and told me she called him "The King of the Hogs.")

    All of which has been helping him get through two weeks and counting at the hospital, this second visit. He's been able to wean himself off oxygen during the day, including when he walks the corridors (they had him outside, once, as well), only using it for rests and overnight. He said his remaining left lung is stronger every day.

    His post-op pneumonia and another infection have been treated and are gone, and the chest cavity is pretty much drained of fluid via the tube they inserted during the last procedure, and tomorrow the thoracic surgeon can finally do a bronchoscopy procedure to repair a tear (fistula) he received post-op, using a form of bio-glue (made with some of his own cells – fascinating). After the procedure, he must stay in bed and try not to move for at least a couple of hours, so good luck with that! The procedure may not "take," the first time, in which case the surgeon said he'd do it again, to which my son responded, "Oh, it'll work tomorrow," and the doctor smiled and they shook hands on it!

    My friend suggested that since I'm on twitter, why not tweet Pope Francis for his prayers for my son (the Pope had one of his lungs removed when he was young, I believe due to an infectious disease) … I told her I thought that would be haughty of me! She said (we're old Catholic school girls), "Why not send it in Latin … that would be a little more covert." Now, I happened to recall a priest volunteers to translate the Pope's tweets into Latin, so I did send my request. Also, if my fellow TODers can spare some more good thoughts and prayers for my son, we both would very much appreciate it. His procedure is at 10 a.m. Central, tomorrow. Thanks!

    • July 31, 2015 at 12:19 am

      I thought he was brought home, JB? ….I may have missed an update or two. I’m sure everything will be fine & you definitely have my thoughts and prayers with you. Take care & GN.

      • 74 jacquelineoboomer
        July 31, 2015 at 12:30 am

        Thanks so much. He did come home after they found the lung cancer and removed his right lung … but after the first week or so, he developed “not uncommon” complications within the “14-28-day post-op period” where they sometimes occur. Ugh. He’s a trooper, but I just hope he gets a nice break after tomorrow! GN.

    • 75 amk for obama
      July 31, 2015 at 12:22 am

      Glad to know things are going in the right direction, j’ob. I know where your son gets his infectious charm from.

      • 76 jacquelineoboomer
        July 31, 2015 at 12:27 am

        Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I couldn’t help but laugh way out loud at what you wrote, because it was so friggin’ adorable (and unexpected). Thank you, kind sir.

    • 79 Dudette
      July 31, 2015 at 12:33 am

      Oh J’OB it’s so wonderful how your son is making progress in his recovery. I hope the procedure tomorrow is success and son follows docs order to stay still. Thinking of you both, and sending super-sized virtual hugs!

    • 85 theo67
      July 31, 2015 at 12:47 am

      So glad your son is doing better, and getting stronger, Jacq! Sounds like the “charm offensive” is working out well for him at the hospital… 🙂 Sending good thoughts for tomorrow.

    • 87 sjterrid
      July 31, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Jacqueline, my thoughts and prayers for you and your son.

    • July 31, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Wow, JO’B, what a story!! Your son sounds like a real charmer. I think I know who he takes after…….

      Go ahead and give the Pope a ring. Can’t hurt! We’ll be holding up our end here in TODville. HUGS.

  28. July 31, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Dear god….this all because Bibi ran on lies and promises to settlers he would never keep…it is also the reason his coalition with fall apart soon.

  29. 95 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 12:48 am

  30. 96 FoxfireTX
    July 31, 2015 at 12:48 am

    For as much as I dislike HRC, I’d like to wipe the floor with the GOP and this Benghazi shit. Yes, four American died and both Clinton and PBO were devastated by that fact. And the story was a mess, basically two separate attacks which is where the confusion came from. And just bad luck that no assets in the region to help. But on this, there simply was nothing more that she could have done. Chris Stevens knew the risk he was taking, particularly traveling to Benghazi over 9/11. And while the loss of 4 Americans is sad, just HOW MANY have we lost in Iraq? THOUSANDS! And for what? In short, on Benghazi I feel bad for Clinton and think the attacks are completely unfair. But as is the standard with the crazies, it is impossible to argue with them. Once they have their story lines down it is like they are brain washed. All they can do is spit out their standard lines.

    • 97 99ts
      July 31, 2015 at 1:45 am

      Agree with you – for everything wrong with Hillary – the gop pretenders are 1000 times worse. One starts a lie and it snowballs until ALL of the US media is carrying the same lies. Seems PBO has been the only person able to force the media to walk back their lies.

  31. 98 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 12:50 am

  32. 100 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 12:55 am

  33. July 31, 2015 at 12:57 am

    Israel the last 24 hours…

    6 people stabbed during a Pride parade by an Orthodox Jew

    …and now the IDF spokesman knows he has a shit storm coming his way

  34. 103 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 12:57 am

  35. 105 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 12:57 am

  36. 108 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 12:59 am

  37. 109 amk for obama
    July 31, 2015 at 1:04 am

    aaand I am outta here.

  38. 112 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:06 am

  39. 113 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:07 am

  40. 114 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:07 am

  41. 115 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:08 am

  42. 116 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Badass and cuteness in one lovely bundle!

  43. 117 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:10 am

  44. 118 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:11 am

  45. 119 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:13 am

  46. 120 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:14 am

  47. 121 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:15 am

  48. 122 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:17 am

  49. 123 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:18 am

  50. 126 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Good Night Everyone!

  51. 127 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Forgot to share this…

  52. 128 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:51 am

    A little karma…

  53. 130 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Some major coolness…

  54. 131 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 2:11 am

    An a smidge of AWESOME! My Idol is coming to Atlanta around Labor Day Weekend!
    I hope to get tickets. If by some miracle I get to be in the same room with her, I will be on oxygen for a while afterward. Just sayin’! 😀

  55. 133 Dudette
    July 31, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Okay, now I’m rolling out. Leaving the light on for ya! Toodle-ooooo! 🙂

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