Senator Lautenburg of New Jersey, with the help of the National Jewish Democratic Council, is distorting Senator Santorum's record on Iran and is out right lying at a press conference at the Hub in Philadelphia earlier today.
Those of you familiar with this blog know how vigorously I have railed against the the oppressive Islamic regime of Iran and there has been no better Senator on this than Rick Santorum. Remember this VLOG back in June 16th?
Lautenberg is lying with the help the Jewish Democrats (my favorite new oxymoron.)
Having interviewed with Santorum last week here, I can state Santorum has been one of the few leaders in DC consistently displaying guts and moral clarity on Iran and the war on Islamofascsim.
In our conversation late last week, Santorum emphatically stated that he was not in support of administration's discussions with the Iranians.
It was a bad decision. Sends a very mixed message.
It sounds a message to those in Iran with who we have enormous support and Muslims who are not fanatics. There are many Iranians who support moderate Islam and a free and democratic government. They need to hear from us on a consistent basis that the regime that is oppressing them is corrupt and needs to be changed so that they might have the freedom that they deserve. When we negotiate with these folks we prop them up world stage.
I agree with you, that if I thought there was any positive result that would come from these negotiations but of course there won't be because the Iranians are clear that they want to develop these nuclear weapons and they are not going to do anything to be deterred except to try to drag us along in endless negotiations while they continue to develop this capability. We have to face this reality......... they are going to proceed. And we have to do something other than talk.
The UN is a feckless organization that is not going to be at all helpful [in regards to international security] in containing the Iranian nuclear threat .
More of our conversastion;
With respect to the State Department has been uniformly uncooperative in any efforts to recognize the threat that Iran poses.
Iran has not been a rational player in negotiating any kind of an acceptable outcome. That's just not a possibility. And the State department comes with this incredible bias that everything is negotiable and believes that everyone will negotiate and that everyone thinks like they do well they don't. And they are being played for a song and will continue being to be played for a song.
Generally speaking when it comes to Iran if the State department feels one way, I am pretty convinced the other way is the way to go.
We need to be more aggressive promoting pro-Democracy groups in Iran. We need to be much more effective. We need to stop sending bad messages in over the Voice of America.
I could not understand how New Jersey could replace the wildly corrupt Torricelli (and home of McGreevy!) with another hopeless Democrat. But I have more faith in the common sense of the folks in Pennsylvania.
Lautenberg is a liberal lowlife. Politics is one thing. Tooling for evil is another. Shame on you and the new antisemites, the far left Democratic party. Hey Frank, Ahmadinejad is calling for the annihilation of the Jews........what's wrong with you?
Here is a partial list of Santorum's enormous heavy lifting on Iran;
Here is a list of legislation sponsored and/or developed by Senator Santorum in the 109th Congress:
• S. 333 - Iran Freedom and Support Act of 2005. Introduced on 2/9/05. Referred to Committee on Foreign Relations. Sponsor
• S. 1737 - Iranian Nuclear Trade Prohibition Act of 2005. Introduced on 9/20/05. Referred to Committee on Foreign Relations. Sponsor
• S. Res. 349 – A resolution condemning the Government of Iran for violating the terms of the 2004 Paris Agreement, and expressing support for efforts to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for its noncompliance with International Atomic Energy Agency obligations. Introduced 1/20/06. Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. Sponsor
• S.Con.Res. 78 – A Senate concurrent resolution condemning the Government of Iran for violating its international nuclear nonproliferation obligations and expressing support for efforts to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council. Introduced and passed1/27/06. Sponsor: Senator Bill Frist. Referred to the House Committee on International Relations. The resolution condemns the government of Iran's many failures to comply with its nuclear nonproliferation obligations, including its obligations under the Safeguards Agreement, its suspension commitments under the Paris Agreement, and prior commitments to the EU-3 to suspend all enrichment- and reprocessing-related activities. Commends the efforts of the governments of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to seek a credible suspension of Iran's enrichment- and reprocessing-related activities and to find a diplomatic means to address Iran's noncompliance with such obligations. Urges the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors at its February 2006 special meeting to order that Iran's noncompliance be reported to the U.N. Security Council. Calls on Security Council members, in particular the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, to consider any report of Iran's noncompliance in fulfillment of the Security Council's mandate to respond to situations bearing on international peace and security. Original cosponsor.
• S. 2657 - Iran Sanctions Extension Act of 2006. Introduced: 4/26/06. Referred to the Senate Committee on Banking. This bill reauthorizes the sanctions (contained in Public Law 104-172; 50 U.S.C. 1701 note) against Iran for another five years. The bill is an ILSA reauthorization bill. Sponsor.
• SA 3640 to H.R. 4939 - To increase by $12,500,000 the amount appropriated for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, to increase by $12,500,000 the amount appropriated for the Department of State for the Democracy Fund, to provide that such funds shall be made available for democracy programs and activities in Iran, and to provide an offset. Sponsor: Senator Santorum. Status: Ruled out of order by the Chair. Sponsor.
• SA 4234 to S. 2766 - To authorize, with an offset, assistance for pro-democracy programs and activities inside and outside Iran, to make clear that the United States supports the ability of the people of Iran to exercise self-determination over their form of government, and to make enhancements to the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act of 1996. Sponsor: Senator Santorum. Status: Not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 45 - 54. Sponsor.
UPDATE: Santorum calls out the dhimmi Council on Foreign Relations to cancel meeting with US and Israel's mortal enemy, Ahmadinejad;
The Council on Foreign Relations is rebuffing a suggestion from the Senate's third-ranking Republican to call off its proposed meeting with the president of Iran.
Senator Santorum, a Republican of Pennsylvania, wrote a letter yesterday to the council's president, Richard Haass, saying the invitation to President Ahmadinejad demonstrates that the council "draws no distinction between world leaders who deserve respect and those that undermine the very values of the international system the United States seeks to uphold." NYSun here
UPDATE: Lautenberg is giving advice? The state of Lautenberg, John Fund WSJ, PAID only;
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