By Bob Bennett
The GOP-controlled Senate has failed to break yet another Democrat filibuster—this time, of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Resolution of Disapproval. The vote was 58-42, two votes short of the 60 votes required to cut off debate.
Unless Congress rejects the deal by September 17th it will go forward. Even if it does reject it, the Senate clearly doesn’t have enough votes to override the presidential veto that will surely follow, unless 13 Democrats join them. Of course, they won’t.
So Obama very likely has won another victory over GOP leaders—in large part, because he persuaded a sufficient number of Democrats to support a deal that their constituents are solidly against.
He was able to do this, not only by the traditional political strategy of arm-twisting, but by teaming with some 100 leftist groups to persuade and pressure Dem lawmakers. That’s traditional Socialist strategy. The nature of and links to these groups expose a small part of the unimaginably intricate web of far-left operators assisting the Obama Administration in achieving its aims.
In the days before the Iran agreement was finalized, on July 6th, two White House officials, John Bisognano and Matt Nosanchuk, of the WH Public Engagement office held a conference call with 100 far-left groups, which “was organized by the liberal pro-Iran group Ploughshares Fund,” according to the Free Beacon.
The Beacon‘s senior writer, Adam Kredo detailed the content of the call, from an audio recording the Beacon had obtained “Leaders of the call emphasized that the assembled groups should target Democrats in order to build a veto-proof majority when the deal eventually comes to Congress for a vote.”
Uber-leftist Robert Creamer was one of the leaders of the call. “We have to take to our memberships all over the country,” Creamer said. “We all have to step up.”
DiscovertheNetworks.org says of Creamer that he: “Calls for the ‘democratization of wealth’ in America, and for ‘progressive control of governments around the world’ ….
He “Served 5 months in prison … for tax evasion and bank fraud. While in prison, he wrote a book (published in 2007) that later served as a blueprint of Democrat proposals for universal health care. In the Acknowledgements section …, Creamer stated that his political views had been deeply influenced by ‘the legendary community organizer’ Saul Alinsky.”
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Prophetically, “Success of the plan ‘was contingent upon the Democrats being able to control 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, and upon the election of a ‘progressive Democrat’ to the White House — conditions that could, in Creamer’s estimation, be achieved by the year 2009. Notably, his book was effusive in its praise of then-Senator Barack Obama.”
During the conference call, Creamer said: “ ‘What will be ultimately decisive is the level of intensity that members of Congress feel, particularly Democrats.’ Democrats are … the key … because if we can have enough votes to prevent a presidential veto override, then we win.’ ”
The incredibly flawed agreement, which allows Iran to take its own samples for the IAEA, was described during the call, by White House official John Bisognano, as “something that’s extraordinarily important for the future of frankly the world”—one of the points he wanted the groups’ members to impress upon Democrats. Another its importance to the president:
“This is clearly an issue that is very close to his heart. I want to make sure everyone understand this is a top priority for the administration.”
One of the sticking points, which would give any rational American pause, is the planned release of some $150 billion dollars, which Iran will surely use to finance terrorism. Put another way: There will be blood, as a result of this deal—including Israeli and American blood.
During the conference call, White House official Matt Nosanchuk had an answer for that: “With respect to criticisms that … [when] Iran receives all this money it can then pour into its nefarious activities in the region, our response to that is they’re doing it anyway,” he said, explaining that the administration believes Iran will use the money to fix its stagnating economy.” This is the kind of irrational spinning point leftist groups were to instruct their minions to lay on Democratic lawmakers.
Let’s examine some of the other connections of participants in the conference call.
The organizer of the call, the Soros-funded Ploughshares Fund, reported DiscovertheNetworks.org:
“From its inception,” says DTN, “the Ploughshares Fund’s purpose was to support the nuclear-freeze movement, a Soviet-sponsored initiative that sought to further solidify the nuclear and military superiority which the USSR had gained during the post-Vietnam War era.”
One of its aims, says DTN, is to “Prevent the Emergence of New Nuclear States: ‘We focus on the two most significant threats to the global nonproliferation regime – Iran and North Korea.…’ ”
Yet, far from preventing Iran’s nuking up, the deal this group is pushing will actually enable Iran to consummate its quest for nuclear weapons, in ten years—at the latest; earlier if they cheat.
Ploughshares does favor such prevention in the United States, however. Investigative reporter Aaron Klein writes in WND that it … “is a partner of the Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The Institute has urged the defunding of the Pentagon and massive decreases in U.S. defense capabilities, including slashing the American nuclear arsenal to 292 deployed weapons, WND previously detailed.
On September 5th IPS declared on its website its role in the Iran campaign: “getting to 34 supporters in the Senate was crucial. In the next two weeks, we must focus … on continuing the powerful mobilizations that insured the initial victory… with the goal of reaching 41 Senators supporting the deal…. to prevent the “disapprove the deal” resolution from passing.”
“The Ploughshares Fund also opposes America’s development of a missile-defense system …” There’s no basis in logic for this position, but it does dovetail with Russian aims.
Ploughshares funds numerous unsavory groups. One in particular, DTN reports, is the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the Iranian regime’s principal lobbyist in the United States. NIAC was awarded $125,000 in 2011, “to shape the debate among policymakers and in the media on credible, non-military approaches to resolving the impasse over Iran’s nuclear program.”
This was around the time Obama and Kerry reached out to Iran with an offer of secret talks with the “pre-concession” that ‘We want to solve the nuclear issue and lift sanctions within six months, while recognizing Iran as a nuclear power.’”—the Free Beacon
Tough negotiators we have.
DTN continues: “Trita Parsi, … serves as the organization’s president. According to The Legal Project, Parsi’s ‘deep and incontrovertible ties to high-level agents of the Iranian regime’ have been proven beyond any doubt.”
“NIAC has a strong relationship with the Barack Obama administration, as indicated by Andrew C. McCarthy’s 2013 report in National Review: “[NIAC’s] top official, Trita Parsi, visits the White House, consults with Valerie Jarrett, briefs Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton, lectures the CIA, and so on.”
He also revealed that Chuck Hagel, who helped Obama deplete our armed forces to pre-1941 levels while defense secretary from February 2013 to February 2015, “sits on the board of … Ploughshares Fund.” Ploughshares no longer lists him as a board member on its website.
McCarthy adds that, “Hagel has had an ongoing relationship with the NIAC … As Ken Timmerman notes in the Washington Times…”
Discover the Networks reports: “Utilizing the services of public-relations specialist David Fenton and his far-left firm, Fenton Communications, NIAC seeks to convince the American public that U.S. sanctions punishing Iran for its suspected nuclear ambitions would be “counterproductive,” and that the use of military action against Tehran … a grave mistake.”—DTN
Aaron Klein wrote:
“Fenton is the main marketing strategist for groups funded by the Soros-financed Tides Center. Fenton also crafted the public relations strategy of MoveOn.org [a participant in the conference call, says the Free Beacon], as well as a who’s who of far-left causes, organizations and activists, from Soros himself to Health Care for America Now to a number of anti-war groups.”
“In 2001, Fenton merged with marketing research firm, American Environics. AE uses social-values surveys to gauge public opinion.”
“In May 2006, the AE team … presented the Road Map for a Health Justice Majority to the Herndon Alliance, another shadowy firm which had been tasked with convincing America to accept government-controlled health coverage.” Klein quotes Politico as crediting Herndon with the oft-repeated falsehood that Americans can keep their doctors and health plans.
“The Road Map served as a basis for the Herndon Alliance’s plans to influence Americans into accepting the Obama government health care reform plans.”
“The Herndon Alliance is openly partnered with a number of radical groups, including MoveOn.org, the National Council of La Raza and a slew of George Soros-funded activist organizations.
“Yet another Herndon partner is Citizens Action of Wisconsin, an arm of the Midwest Academy. Midwest is dedicated to teaching the tactics of radical organizer Saul Alinsky.
Obama himself once funded Midwest Academy. He has been closely tied to Midwest’s founder, Heather Booth.
“Midwest was co-founded by Booth’s husband, Paul Booth, Klein writes in a separate piece, “a founder and the former national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society, the radical 1960s anti-war movement from which Ayers’ Weathermen splintered.”
“Discover the Networks describes Midwest as “teach[ing] tactics of direct action, confrontation, and intimidation.”
Robert Creamer, (see above) boasts on his website that “he is a board member of the Midwest Academy organizer training institute.”
Ploughshares, arranger of the call, has funded the anti-Israel J-Street, which “had more than 125 lawmaker meetings” on the Iran deal, as of the August 6th date of an NPR article, and “plann[ed] to target five states with TV ads.” The piece notes that MoveOn.org, another participant in the conference call, also lobbied in favor of the Iran deal.
The same tactic of leftist shock troops lobbying Democrats will be used to sell the next America-killing disaster: admission of 65,000 refugees—likely to be over 90 % Muslim. This was called for in June by fourteen Democratic senators—the Jihad Caucus—and by the IPS on Monday:
“Immediately, the United States should announce: A decision to immediately accept 65,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year…” followed by announcement:
“In the next 45 days: “That the U.S. will accept 28 percent of those refugees from Syria (and others forced to flee as a result of the Syrian war) …. That means 28 percent of up to 4 million refugees as determined by the UN, or up to 1.12 million refugees … allowed to come to the United States.”
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.