WASHINGTON, March 7, 2015 — “As long as I have an ounce of fight left in me,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., “as long as I have a vote and a say and a chance to protect the interests of Israel, the region, and the national security interests of the United States, Iran will never have a pathway to a [nuclear] weapon.”
Menendez made this pledge to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on March 1.
It’s no secret that Menendez has refused to join fellow Democrats in helping President Obama achieve his crowning foreign policy legacy: the propping-up of Iran’s sanctions-ravaged economy and clearing a path for the terrorist state to build a nuclear arsenal.
During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in January, Menendez told U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, “I have to be honest with you, the more I hear from the [Obama] administration … the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. It feeds the Iranian narrative of victimization.”
The clearinghouse for Obama Administration nonsense, the New York Times, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech warning Congress that Obama’s nuclear pact with Iran will only heighten its aggression. According to columnist Roger Cohen, Netanyahu dismisses the “more plausible notion that [Iran’s] greater economic contact with the world and the gradual emergence of a young generation of Iranians drawn to the West—as well as the inevitable dimming of the ardor of Iran’s revolution—will attenuate such aggression.”
History flies in the face of Cohen’s rosy assumptions. Has Russia become any less aggressive under Vladimir Putin’s fascist reign than under the old Soviet apparatchiks?
Has China become an agent of world peace since becoming the globe’s primary industrial manufacturer?
Does Obama’s strategic assessment of the Islamic State as a “jayvee team,” which he assured The New Yorker magazine was “accurate,” support the Times’ contention that Obama’s Iran policy is trustworthy while “Netanyahu’s credibility is low”?
Last week, Menendez further embarrassed the administration and many of his Democratic colleagues by escorting Prime Minister Netanyahu into an applause-filled, Republican-controlled House chamber.
So it came as no surprise when CNN reported, “The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against” Menendez, “alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.”
Telecommunications executive Donald H. Gips, a Democratic Party political campaign finance bundler, raised $500,000 for the Obama presidential campaign in 2007, and served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa. Chicago CPA Harvey S. Wineberg raised $100,000 for Obama and served on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser raised $250,000 for the president and saw a $535 million federal grant earmarked for his solar-panel investment—the now bankrupt Solyndra.
These are three of about 556 Obama campaign bundlers and their spouses that serve or have served in the administration.
So it is odd that an administration should single out Menendez for “pushing the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.”
According to the Center for Public Integrity, “White House visitor logs show about 800 bundler visits during the formative early months of the administration, and overall the top-tier bundlers tended to show up far more often than those at the bottom rung.”
In 1933, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler launched a murderous purge of his Nazi Party to protect himself from potential opponents to his power.
An Associated Press report at the time said Hitler was warned that a “revolution led by extremists was impending.” The attempted “revolution” by the executed 85 Nazi Party rivals, said Hitler, was “a spectacle which was so sad morally that every trace of pity must needs vanish.”
It appears that Obama is purging his party of opponents to his pro-Iranian policy, with Menendez falling victim to Obama’s own Night of the Long Knives.
CNN said Menendez “infuriated the White House on Iran, joining with Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois in a bid to impose new sanctions on Tehran, which he said would improve the administration’s leverage in talks.”
When it comes to helping Iran develop nuclear weapons, the Obama administration purge of Democratic Party opponents will see that “every trace of pity must vanish.”