Note: The following is my response to Representative Bradley Byrne’s (R-AL) commentary on the Iran Nuclear Deal. His original comments follow mine.
September 13, 2015
Bradley [Byrne], U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District of Alabama
By what measure?
Fourteen years after the attacks of 9/11, the United States looks like a sinking ship, like a burning Rome with a growing national debt at $18 trillion that Congress simply ignores. Where three programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid’s unfunded mandates total $127 trillion while making up 60% of the 2015 proposed federal budget. If the aim of Osama bin Ladin was to merely take down the World Trade Centers, in NYC, and the Pentagon, in Washington, DC with four of our own commercial jetliners he did better than that.
He got us to retaliate by starting two trillion-dollar wars, to establish secret prisons, torture humans, to violate our own constitution and our so-called Christian values, to rearrange the federal government by establishing the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, to create a domestic spying program with corporate America’s help capturing our phone calls, our emails and web traffic. These aren’t concepts or theories that we can debate. These are realities, they happened. And you ask, “Are We Safer?” My question is who’s the real threat? Our own ego-maniac government or…(name your enemy) Your generation, the baby-boomers, are proving to be the biggest cowards and generations to come will have to clean up y’all’s mess. That’s the truth.
A housing boom and bust was created on artificially-low interest rates (our own doing), the stock market crashed causing a global credit crisis, a home foreclosure crisis, mass unemployment and the Great Recession. Eight years after the stock market crashed where billion dollar Wall Street firms collapsed, others had to be bought out or they received emergency bailouts from Congress ($700 billion) and/or from the Federal Reserve ($4 trillion).
Is Iran getting nukes going to affect my life? Does the United States arsenal affect my life? How about Russia’s, China’s, North Korean’s, Israel’s, Pakistan’s or India’s? Will one more country make a difference? What bothers me the most is how we have so-called highly educated people running Washington, if this criteria alone was enough then all would be well. It’s not. The real criteria needed to solve our many complex problems and crises including this one are honest people and they don’t live or work in Washington.
To live in fear is to have no faith and thus no future. For fourteen years now, our government has manipulated its people and the world at everyone’s expense. Enough is enough! This nation was founded by men and women with great courage, at great risk taking on the world’s greatest empire, but they had enough faith to pick a fight and win. We’ve got losers running our country. Why don’t you stop using fear to bait your constituents and starting leading us out of this mess, if you know how to? Or maybe we should just call you home, in 2016. I know I’ve had enough of this line of rhetoric. It’s gotten our country nowhere. We can do better than this. We have no choice, but to.
Here’s a quick history lesson to all. During the 1950’s, Iran’s freely-elected leader (democratically) decided to nationalize all the oil companies in his country. Well, BP and Shell didn’t like being shut-out so Great Britain and the United States overthrew him installing the Shah of Iran as their new leader. The Shah provided the west with cheap oil while living a very decadent life at the expense of his fellow Iranians. Finally, the Iranian Revolution occurred in 1978-79 where Khomeini was put into office. A moderate Iran was out and a very extreme version emerged, but who can blame them. Would the United States stand for it, for one minute, if another country tried to invade us? Maybe our behavior after 9/11 is no different from theirs. Maybe we have a lot more in common with them than we realize. We have our nukes and they want theirs.
I reserve the balance of my time!
500 Lincoln St. Suite B-105
Daphne, AL 36526 USA
September 13, 2015
From: Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL),
There is no greater responsibility of Congress than to ensure for the safety and security of the American people. With that in mind, I spent most of last week fighting against the Iran nuclear deal, which I believe puts the American people at greater risk.
I’ve been opposed to the Iran nuclear talks from the start because I see no reason to believe Iran will keep its word. Iran’s supreme leader has been known to lead crowds in cheers of “death to America” and just last week their leader said Israel will no longer exist in 25 years.
As the top state-sponsor of terrorism in the world, Iran has a track record of supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Reports indicate that Iran is directly responsible for the death of at least 1,000 American military members in the Middle East. These deaths come in the form of Iranian-backed fighters and Iranian bombs known as “explosively formed penetrators.”
Check out the video above to hear me discuss my concerns with the Iran nuclear deal during a meeting of the House Rules Committee.
Iran clearly wants to bring harm to the American people, and this agreement will make it easier for them to do just that. Iran will be able to acquire new military technologies and weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Iran does not need ICBMs to hit targets in the Middle East, but they need ICBMs to hit long distance targets like the United States.
I also opposed the deal because the American people have made clear they do not support it. In fact, a recent public poll by the Pew Research Center found that only 21% of Americans support the Iran deal. Even worse, just two percent of Americans have a “great deal of confidence” that Iran’s leaders will hold up their end of the agreement.
Personally, I have heard from constituents about this issue everywhere I go. At every one of my 16 town hall meetings in August, someone asked me what Congress was going to do to stop the Iran deal. I even had a woman come up to me in the grocery store, with tears in her eyes, asking me to oppose the deal. It is clear my constituents in Southwest Alabama and people all across the country do not want to see this deal move forward.
Check out the video above to listen to my speech from the House floor urging my colleagues to oppose the flawed deal.So last week the House used a three step strategy to try and stop the Iran nuclear agreement. We used a three prong approach in an effort to defeat the deal.
So last week the House used a three step strategy to try and stop the Iran nuclear agreement. We used a three prong approach in an effort to defeat the deal.
- Passed “Sense of Congress” that President Obama broke the law by not sharing all the relevant materials related to the Iran deal.
- Passed a bill to prevent President Obama from lifting any of the sanctions on Iran.
- Rejected the Iran nuclear deal on a straight up or down vote. The vote total was 162 in support of the deal to 269 opposed.
While the Senate has not been able to block the Iran deal yet, I remain committed to doing everything I can in the House to halt this flawed deal. If the deal does go into effect, I will join my colleagues in providing diligent oversight of the Obama administration to ensure Iran does not gain nuclear weapons…
Stay in touch, Congressman Bradley Byrne.