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Iran’s supreme leader is still declaring that the United States is the “enemy:” “We will not allow the Americans to have economic or political influence in our country,” CNS News quotes the ayatollah as saying in a recent speech. “Nor will we allow them to have a political presence and cultural influence in our country.”
Controversial secret “side deals” to the Iran nuclear pact negotiated by the Obama administration are being revealed and are causing great concern among some lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The New York Times reports the disputed contents of those side deals are fueling opposition to the accord that Obama argues must be approved because it will stop Iran from developing the bomb:
To the most strident opponents of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the suspicious behavior at a military base about 12 miles southeast of Tehran has become a rallying call to defeat the accord, especially as it now appears that Iranian officials may be allowed to take their own environmental samples at the site and turn them over to inspectors.
And another article in The New York Times — a news analysis published on Monday — points out that Obama’s argument in favor of the nuclear accord has a glaring problem that’s only growing more pronounced:
His problem is that most of the significant constraints on Tehran’s program lapse after 15 years — and, after that, Iran is free to produce uranium on an industrial scale.
As much as Obama and supporters of the Iran nuke deal — now including Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — try to convince the American people that the pact is a significant step toward promoting peace in the Middle East and national security for the United States, the public remains unconvinced. In fact, voters seem to be wise to what they see as word games and diplomatic double-talk that the president and his pro-deal allies have been using.
The Hill just published the results of a new poll from Quinnipiac University showing that voters in three key swing states oppose the Iran nuclear accord “by margins of more than 2-to-1.”
Florida voters oppose the deal 61 percent to 25 percent. Ohio voters oppose it 58 percent to 24 percent and Pennsylvania voters oppose it 61 percent to 26 percent, according to the poll.
That level of opposition in those three states that are so important in deciding the outcome of the 2016 election would seem to raise a big red flag for Democrat lawmakers still undecided as to how they will cast their votes for the pact on a thumbs-up or thumbs-down basis.
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Another poll with clear-cut results — this one a national survey from CNN/ORC released last week — also shows that most Americans want Congress to reject the president’s legacy-building proposal to lift sanctions on Iran and send the Muslim nation billions of dollars in frozen assets.
Reporting on the outcome of the poll — results showing voters disapprove of the deal by a wide margin — The Hill notes that Obama’s overall handling of relations with the mullah-controlled Iranian regime is a huge sore spot for Americans.
Six in 10 Americans, 60 percent, disapprove of how President Obama is handling relations with Iran, up from 48 percent back in April shortly after a framework agreement with Tehran was unveiled.
Congress returns to Washington in September and will vote on whether to accept or reject the pact brokered by the Obama administration. Despite the obvious negative feelings of so many Americans toward the agreement, the president has promised to veto any legislation that would block the Iranian nuke deal from going forward.
Obama, it seems, is willing to defy the will of the public and get his way, no matter the political consequences to others in his own party.
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