Today we’d like to take a minute to recognize and thank all those donors who have really stepped it up for the troops. We call them our MAF Heroes. These are generous individuals who made a donation of $100 or more to support our 831st Transportation Battalion and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Don’t forget that we now have over 15,000 troops deployed over Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan our mission to train the Afghan national police and army continues.
The Taliban is still a huge threat and our troops have to safeguard all the progress they have made over the years to ensure that power does not slip back into the wrong hands as we are transitioning out of there. In Iraq our troops are quickly training and supplying the Iraqi army which is still ill-equipped to fight ISIS.
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In his opening statements, President Netanyahu went out of his way to thank Obama for bit of aid rendered by the US to Israel, saying he is grateful to President Obama for the support and saying that the relationship between Israel and the US has always been strong and above left/right politics.
If that’s so then why did 55 Democrat Members boycott the speech, and why have so many of the President’s surrogates made openly hostile statements ahead of Netanyahu’s speech, accusing Israel of meddling in our foreign affairs and sabotaging the peace process.
I think Bibi was trying to be as gracious as possible, but the clear subtext is that more and more, support for Israel has become a fractious and galvanizing issue in party politics. Polls show that favorability polls about Netanyahu show stark trends along party lines, with Republicans overwhelmingly supporting Bibi while Democrats are only about 50/50. But don’t be so quick to say it’s just about Netanyahu. Among liberals, support for Israel has been evaporating as well.
President Obama reacted to Netanyahu’s speech saying he “On the core issue…the Prime Minister [Netanyahu] didn’t offer any viable alternatives.”
Obama claimed that Iran has ALREADY opened themselves up to new and more comprehensive inspections than at any other time in history.
However this flies in the face of the facts since just YESTERDAY the International Atomic Energy Agency (basically, the UN inspectors) posted a video where Director General Yukiya Amano said “however, the agency is not in a position to provide credible evidence about the absences of undeclared nuclear material & activities and therefore to conclude that all nuclear activity in Iran is in peaceful activities.”
They’re unequivocally stating that there is still no proof that Iran has curtailed any of their pursuit of a nuclear bomb. There are still many issues where Iran is hiding information or not providing information that the agency has requested and the IAEA has no evidence or references to inspections ever actually taking place, simply that Iran submitted information claiming their compliance.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was saying “Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Mr. Zarif was quoted as saying. “It is clear that Obama’s comments are meant to win the U.S. public opinion and counter the propaganda campaign by the Israeli prime minister.”
This tells us that Iran anticipates that the final deal will be EVEN MORE favorable to their despotic regime of terror than the flimsy bad deal that Obama has been trying to sell us lately. With such a wide gulf between both sides of these negotiations, there probably never will be any deal at all.
These are all issues that should have been resolved a year ago, and still President Obama is asking for more time, saying “the plan” that he’s coming with is going to be so good. The plan is already a year overdue and with Iran’s estimated “breakout time” to develop a bomb being about a year, how is Obama so sure that Iran won’t be able to have a bomb ready by the time his negotiations finally reach a conclusion, or if not very shortly afterward.
Next year we might see Obama triumphantly hailing this new accord with Iran, finally the deal he had been promising, and then a month later Iran will unveil their new Nuclear ICBMs and say ‘surprise! bet you didn’t see that one coming’
That’s all assuming that Iran hides their development of the bomb, but as Netanyahu outlined, the” deal” that John Kerry and Barack Obama have been vaguely referring to has been alleged to contain sunsets on all the restrictions, meaning that after they expire in 10 years Iran will, in theory, be free to openly make the bomb
Bibi also brought up the underlying point that in the opinion of Move America Forward, needs to be the main issue here. President Obama is negotiating with Iran to prevent nuclear aggression, but at the same time Iran is already displaying lots of conventional aggression all over the Middle East. In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, Iran’s influence and material support is fueling all the various bad actors who are making the Middle East boil over with violence.
Netanyahu said it plainly and authoritatively what these talks MUST produce, which Obama has made no effort to negotiate thus far, and that, “insist restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program [will] not be lifted as long as Iran continues it’s aggression in the region and in the world.”
Netanyahu suggested three demands, which the United States should carry to Iran.
First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East.
Second, stop funding terrorist groups around the world.
Third, stop threatening to annihilate Israel. Recognize Israel as legitimate state.
In our view this was the most important thing Netanyahu stated in his whole speech. Why are we trying to cut a deal with Iran when we know they are making all these efforts to undermine and hurt the United States elsewhere? How can we trust Iran when we know that every handshake in friendship comes with four attempts to stab us in the back?
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., warned Jordan against their plan to conduct a prisoner exchange with the terrorist group calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, or ISIL. Jordanian officials made public a plan to trade for a Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS in exchange for freeing an Iraqi terrorist convicted of taking part in several hotel bombings in 2005 and sentenced to death for her terrorist crimes.
“This is a dangerous path that the Jordanians are going down, and I would urge them to immediately back out of this deal and completely sever all diplomatic channels with ISIS,” said Danny Gonzalez, Communications Director for Move America Forward.
“There is a fundamental problem at the core of this controversy that says you should never, ever negotiate with non-state actors like ISIS. Though they call themselves the Islamic State, they are not a country and should never be treated with the legitimacy that we treat a nation-state. They are a group of terrorists, Islamic extremists, and they have no diplomatic standing. Once you start negotiating with them as you would a nation-state, you give them legitimacy and that gives them power.”
“Jordan should focus on joining the United States and other Arab countries to hunt down and eradicate ISIS, not parley with them,” said Gonzalez. “This also sets a very dangerous precedent because if ISIS gets what they want this time, they know there is future potential for more ransoms or exchanges and that will lead to more people being kidnapped. It immediately raises the value of any potential kidnapping target such as any Americans that may be in Iraq, be they aid workers or members of our military,” warned Gonzalez.
“The United States should also not be negotiating with ISIS, and President Obama has to share some of the blame for this after he was willing to negotiate prisoner exchanges with the Taliban in return for releasing Guantanamo Detainees.
“That set a bad precedent that contributes to this situation and we need to roll that back and re-affirm our policy that the United States and Her allies do not, and will never be willing to negotiate with terrorists regardless of what name they call themselves by,” said Gonzalez.
Move America Forward has been an advocate in favor of Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2004 and has sent representatives to Iraq multiple times including trips in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Before the rise of ISIS in Iraq, MAF staffers and spokespersons spent weeks embedded with American troops, met with local Iraqi military and political leaders to build diplomatic relations, and reported back news from the front lines.
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