Mark Dankof to President Obama: I’m With You This Time, Pal, on the P5+1 Deal with Iran
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D. C.
Friday, August 7th, 2015
I am not one of your supporters on virtually anything, but I’m with you on this P5+1 deal with Iran. I convey my humble support and appreciation to you on this one, this time.
I see the Neoconservatives are working to get 13 Democratic defectors in the Senate and 44 House Democratic defectors by the September 17th deadline for a vote. I hope you win out here. I have so indicated by blogging my support on Facebook. Since I’m a part of the American populist Right and an alternative media presence, this may mean something in giving many of your ideological adversaries something to weigh and consider on the merits of the case at hand.
Those of us who are Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, and David Stockman Republicans are publicly with you against the War Party in the GOP and for a reasonable peace. Best of luck this time around.
Suggestion: You would be well served by publicly insisting that Israel’s mammoth nuclear arsenal and chemical/biological weapons cache receive the same international inspection regimen being insisted upon by Mr. Netanyahu and his supporters for Iran. The United States also needs to pull the plug on supporting Israel financially until it joins in signing the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as Iran has, and stops its illegal settlements on the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and its genocidal policies in Gaza. I also suggest that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) be forced to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
One notes that President Kennedy was the last President to attempt bringing Israel and its domestic lobby to heel on Dimona, inspections, and registration of the American Zionist Council as the agent of a foreign power, the forerunner of AIPAC.
You can insure your legacy by stepping up to home plate on these issues half a century later. I do hope you will understand that Americans across the political spectrum who actually read and think for themselves will back you in this critical effort to avoid an unjustifiable and totally unnecessary war with Iran that promises a wider metastasis.
At the same time, I must honestly tell you that I believe you are barking up the wrong tree on Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and support for NATO’s encirclement policy of Mr. Putin and its provocative deployment of military assets ever closer to his country’s borders. What would we be doing if the Russians were deploying their considerable military prowess on our Canadian and Mexican borders?
The same people who oppose your P5+1 deal with the Iranians are the same crowd supporting your ill advised moves in these places, moves that are the wrong moves for the wrong reasons with disastrous implications for the future. Please reexamine the road you have embarked upon in all of this, and reconsider the sources of the advice you have gotten from advisors who are of the same ilk that began these endless wars of preemption and counterinsurgency with the Bush I and II regimes.
From the Loyal and Usually Vigorous Opposition–
Pastor Mark Dankof
San Antonio, Texas