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Gottheimer’s Actions Speak Louder Than Words on the Iran Deal

September 21,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Josh Gottheimer has been telling voters in the Fifth District that he’s an unwavering friend of Israel, and yet actions speak louder than words. This weekend, he campaigned with J Street darling Rep. Ben Luján, yet another prominent supporter of the Iran nuclear deal.

Josh Gottheimer has refused to condemn the Iran ransom payment, and he’s received campaign support from frequent critics of Israel.  Gottheimer can spin the truth all he wants, but these actions clearly demonstrate that he will be yet another voice in favor of the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy agenda.

Gottheimer Campaigner Rep. Ben Luján: head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, supports Iran Deal (Rep. Ben Ray Luján backs Iran deal,AlbuquerqueJournal, 09/04/2015)

Gottheimer Campaigner Rep. James Clyburn:protested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, supports Iran Deal (58 members of Congress skipped Netanyahu’s speech, CNN, 03/03/2015)
Gottheimer Campaigner Rep. Donald Payne:protested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, supports Iran Deal (58 members of Congress skipped Netanyahu’s speech, CNN, 03/03/2015)
Gottheimer Campaign Contributor Rep. Nancy Pelosi: President Obama’s chief whip in the House of Representatives for the Iran Deal (Behind Pelosi’s Iran deal campaign, Politico, 9/11/2015)
Gottheimer Campaign Contributor Rep. Doris Matsui: Supports Iran Deal (Congresswoman Matsui Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement, Congressional Website, 8/11/2015)
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Gottheimer’s Principals : Raise Money who cares if Iran Builds a Bomb

Josh Gottheimer

Gottheimer’s Price Tag on his Principles: $462,520.00

September 20,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Congressman Scott Garrett was an early and vocal opponent of President Obama’s nuclear arms deal, repeatedly announcing his concerns about the President’s framework in April 2015, voting against the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 in May, and denouncing the deal itself as soon as it was announced in July.

Meanwhile, Josh Gottheimer was waiting to see which way the political winds would blow before he took a stance. He was silent on President Obama’s framework for the deal in April and again in May, on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 – legislation that paved the way for the deal. He waited a full month before announcing his opposition to the deal itself – and even then, made sure to praise President Obama’s approach. Is it possible that the reason for Gottheimer’s delay in taking a stance on this crucial issue was the series of major Washington, DC fundraisers with Democratic insiders he had scheduled?

From April 2, 2015 when President Obama announced the framework for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program to August 17, 2015, Josh Gottheimer was silent on President Obama’s nuclear deal. Instead, he spent time leveraging his political insider connections to raise $462,520.00, thanks to his Washington, DC lobbyist friends.

Since announcing his “opposition” to the deal, he’s gone on to campaign and fundraise with Members of Congress who embrace the deal and are frequent critics of the State of Israel. He’s also refused to condemn the “ransom” payment to Iran.

Looks like Josh Gottheimer will say anything he needs to in order to get elected, but his loyalties are firmly with those trying to send him to Congress: Washington, DC Democratic lobbyists.

citation: Josh Gottheimer for Congress two year summary of itemized individual contributions attached, as downloaded from on Mon Sep 19 15:55:03 GMT 2016.

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U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed


Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted to ransom


Updated Aug. 3, 2016 12:01 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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VIENNA (AP) — Key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The confidential document is the only text linked to last year’s deal between Iran and six foreign powers that hasn’t been made public, although U.S. officials say members of Congress who expressed interest were briefed on its substance. It was given to the AP by a diplomat whose work has focused on Iran’s nuclear program for more than a decade, and its authenticity was confirmed by another diplomat who possesses the same document.

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Garrett: Boeing deal with Iran proves crony capitalism is alive and well

June 16,2016
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Ridgewood NJ,  Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) released the following statement in response toreports that Boeing has reached a multibillion-dollar deal to sell commercial passenger planes to Iran.  Boeing is one of the largest beneficiaries of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) bank which perpetuates corporate welfare to mega corporations by handing out taxpayer-backed loans.

“This agreement between Boeing and the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism is extremely troubling and shows that crony capitalism remains alive and well in Washington.  Not only has Boeing lobbied for years to keep the taxpayer-backed Export Import bank alive, it now has also used its powerful position to take advantage of the ill-conceived nuclear deal with Iran.  This agreement is bad news, not just for taxpayers but for our national security.”

Boeing was lobbying Congress to keep their Ex-Im bank subsidies at the same time it was seeking carve outs from the Obama Administration to do more business with the dangerous Iranian regime. Garrett has been an outspoken critic of the Ex-Im bank and the Iran nuclear deal.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

May 15, 8:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Iran Sunday for staging a Holocaust-themed cartoon contest that mocked the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and said the Islamic Republic was busy planning for another one.

Iran has long backed armed groups committed to Israel’s destruction and its leaders have called for it to be wiped off the map. Israel fears that Iran’s nuclear program is designed to threaten its very existence. But Netanyahu said it was more than Iran’s belligerent policies that Israel opposed, but its values.

“It denies the Holocaust, it mocks the Holocaust and it is also preparing another Holocaust,” Netanyahu said at his weekly Cabinet meeting. “I think that every country in the world must stand up and fully condemn this.”

State Department spokesman Mark Toner, traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia, said the United States was concerned the contest could “be used as a platform for Holocaust denial and revisionism and egregiously anti-Semitic speech, as it has in the past.”

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Garret Responds to Clinton Protege Josh Gottheimer Claims He is Weak on Terror

Scott Garrett

Garrett on the campaign trail 

April 24,2016
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Ridgewood Nj, On Wednesday, Democrat Josh Gottheimer, challenger in the race for New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District questioned incumbent Republican Scott Garrett’s stance on terror at a campaign event in Bergenfield, New Jersey.

Challenger Gottheimer appeared with United Airline pilots and members of the Air Line Pilots Association who said that Garrett opposes a proposed safety measure for “secondary cockpit barriers” that would prevent terrorists from entering the cockpit.

While Gottheimer’s charges elicited a giggle , especially coming from a protege of Hillary Clinton who has come under heavy scrutiny for her tenure as Secretary of State and a Democratic administration that will not even use the words ,”Islamic Terrorism” who also criticized former president Bush claiming the “war of terror” was nothing more than a made up .

The Garrett campaign responded to Gottheimer’s clueless remarks and characterization that the Congressman is weak on terror.with a litany on anti terror legislation the Congressmen Garrett has worked on .

“Congressman Garrett’s record on the fight against terrorism and protecting the American people is strong and the repeated false attacks from his opponent are nothing but a sloppy attempt to tell a story that simply isn’t true,” said Sarah Neibart, Campaign Manager for Scott Garrett.

In fact, Congressman Garrett was a leading voice against the nuclear deal with Iran–one of the most devious state sponsors of terrorism on the planet–despite support from Gottheimer’s friends in the Democrat establishment like Hillary Clinton and her cronies,” Neibart added.

Garrett , “Iran Nuke deal” saying “As I’ve said since the beginning of these negotiations, any agreement that allows Iran to acquire, build, or proliferate nuclear weapons—now or in the future—is a threat to the United States and its allies. The Iranian regime has done nothing to prove that it has earned the trust or respect of the international community, and therefore should not be rewarded with good faith gestures or sanctions relief.

“With this deal, a timetable is set where Iran can organize, increase military capabilities, raise funds, and prepare for deadlines where they will be able to acquire ballistic weapons and continue their nuclear proliferation. This could create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize an increasingly volatile region. Congress must ensure the terrorist state of Iran never has a chance to threaten the world with nuclear weapons.”

“Additionally, please see the attached list of bills that Congressman Garrett has supported in the 114th Congress that have passed the House. They are related to the issues you wrote about in the published article.”

H.R. 4408 — National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel Act of 2016, as amended (Rep. Katko, R-NY) This legislation requires the creation of an implementation plan from the President in order to ensure that our defenses against terrorist travel are streamlined and that existing security gaps are closed.

H.R. 720 – Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2015, Rep. John Katko (R-NY) This legislation makes important advancements in enhancing our ability to prepare and mitigate threats in our nation’s airports. It addresses gaps in security at domestic airports by requiring enhanced security and communication at airports nationwide. Specifically, it requires TSA to verify that all airports and high-risk surface transportation hubs have an appropriate security response plan in place to effectively train for and respond to security incidents when they occur. Further, it will ensure that emergency communications equipment is regularly tested and that emergency first-responders are able to communicate with each other and the public during a major security incident.

H.R. 2770 – Keeping our Travelers Safe and Secure Act, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) This legislation eliminates the risks and threats posed to our aviation sector by ensuring airport screening equipment is properly maintained and kept fully operational. It requires the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and implement a comprehensive preventive maintenance process for airport screening equipment. The process must include specific maintenance schedules, guidance for TSA personnel and contractors on how to conduct and document maintenance actions, mechanisms to insure compliance, and penalties for noncompliance.

H.R. 3144 – Partners for Aviation Security Act, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) This legislation would ensure robust and continual collaboration between the TSA and aviation stakeholders to identify and understand security concerns. In addition to requiring TSA consultation with key stakeholders, this legislation requires a TSA report on the Transportation Security Oversight Board and makes a technical correction to existing law to ensure that there are no lapses in activity for the Aviation Security Advisory Committee.

H.R. 3586 – Border and Maritime Coordination Improvement Act, Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) This legislation addresses the deficiencies that plague our border security efforts, which drive up costs and limit effectiveness according to DHS officials. To address these deficiencies, this legislation requires increased collaboration and communication between DHS’ diverse operational components and gives them the flexibility to utilize public-private partnerships to better secure our borders.

H.R. 4509 — State and High-Risk Urban Area Working Group Act (Rep. Payne, D-NJ) This legislation fixes the lack of coordination between all those involved in community response to a terror attack. This legislation would address this issue by ensuring that decision-makers, including school officials and public health officials, work together to gain a complete understanding of a community’s vulnerabilities so that investments can be prioritized appropriately.

H.R. 4403 — Enhancing Overseas Traveler Vetting Act (Rep. Hurd, R-TX) This legislation helps prevent terrorists from traveling undetected to and from western countries. Specifically, this legislation rapidly increases the United States’ ability to share proven technologies with our allies. It authorizes the United States to develop and share open-source software that will help our European allies vet travelers and identify known or suspected jihadists.

H.R. 2750—Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act, as amended (Rep. Katko, R-NY) This legislation strengthens the vetting of employees who have sensitive access within our nation’s airports. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General issued a report in June which found that a stunning 73 aviation workers have ties to terrorism. This legislation would ensure that airport employees are properly vetted to keep travelers safe and secure.

H.R. 1300—First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, (Rep. King, R-NY) This legislation would enhance the nation’s capability to fight a wide-area anthrax attack by providing pre-vaccinated responders with the ability to immediately and confidently deploy countermeasures with the protections needed for such activities.

H.R. 1634— Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2015, as amended (Rep. McSally, R-AZ) This legislation addresses the numerous reports to Congress that DHS acquisition programs are a “high risk” for waste, fraud, and abuse. This legislation requires cost control mechanisms for new border technology projects, safeguarding taxpayer dollars and improving the oversight of major DHS acquisition programs.

H.R. 3102—Airport Access Control Security Improvement Act of 2015, (Rep. Katko, R-NY) This legislation is in response to several recent incidents in which airport and airline employees used their security credentials to bypass security screening and transport prohibited items, including illegal drugs and guns, into secure areas of airports and onto commercial flights. The legislation will streamline and strengthen the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) screening procedures for airport and airline employees by requiring the TSA Administrator to establish a risk-based, intelligence-driven screening model that subjects employees to more frequent, more randomized security screenings and minimizes the number of employee entry and exit points.

H.R. 3510—Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Strategy Act of 2015, 2015 (Rep. Richmond, D-LA) This legislation directs the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to develop a departmental strategy to carry out cybersecurity responsibilities as set forth in law. Improving our nation’s cybersecurity is paramount, and this legislation ensures that DHS is able to defend our nation and its people from cyber-attacks.

H.R. 4314 — Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 (Rep. Zeldin, R-NY) This legislation establishes international border security standards to close security gaps that currently exist that allow terrorists and foreign fighters to travel internationally. The plan would establish international border security standards that would be developed in coordination with all relevant U.S. Government departments and agencies in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the FBI.

H.R. 4401 — Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terror Act of 2016, (Rep. Loudermilk, R-GA) This legislation authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train State and major urban area fusion centers (local and state law enforcement personnel) in the most effective tactics and methods used to counter terrorism. It also provides increased community awareness of ongoing terrorist threats, and directs DHS to notify Congress on the number of security clearances they issue to state and local law enforcement communities.

H.R. 3584 — Transportation Security Administration Reform and Improvement Act of 2015 (Rep. Katko, R-NY) This legislation ensures several Congressional oversight priorities for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are addressed, including the authorization of the PreCheck program, the advancement of risk-based security initiatives, the enhancement of aviation worker vetting, and the improvement of airport screening technologies.

H.R. 4402 — Foreign Fighter Review Act of 2016, as amended (Rep. Hurd, R-TX) This legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to do an end to end review of all known foreign fighter travel to identify the specific challenges that law enforcement faces in its attempts to stop individuals from joining terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. DHS will then submit their findings to Congress so that appropriate action can be taken to improve the security of our nation

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Arab states are seeking nuclear weapons to counter Iran, Israel warns


Defence minister Moshe Ya’alon says his country is seeing signs of a much-feared nuclear arms race in the Middle East

By Raf Sanchez, Jerusalem

2:01PM GMT 14 Feb 2016

Israel has picked up signs of the beginning of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East as Arab states seek nuclear weapons to counter Iran, the Israeli defence minister has warned.

Moshe Ya’alon said Sunni Arab nations were not reassured by last year’s nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and were making their own preparations for nuclear weapons.

“We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb,” Mr Ya’alon said.

The defence minister gave no evidence to back up his claims but Israel closely monitors the military activities of its Arab neighbours.

Israel and the Sunni Gulf countries do not have diplomatic ties but are known to talk through back channels and are united in their opposition to Iran.

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Homeland chairman: Lifting sanctions ‘bankrolls’ terrorism

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By Mike Lillis – 01/17/16 02:06 PM EST

The Republican head of the House Homeland Security Committee is warning that the Obama administration’s decision to lift sanctions as part of the Iran nuclear deal will bankroll terrorism at the expense of the United States and its allies.

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas) has long hammered the nuclear deal as a misguided agreement with untrustworthy adversaries –– a universal sentiment of congressional Republicans. McCaul amplified those concerns on Sunday following the administration’s announcement that it has lifted financial penalties on Iran surrounding its nuclear program.

“I have said from the start that the Iran deal was little more than a negotiation with terrorists. And now with its implementation, we can see clearly one of the dangers it will bring to the free world,” McCaul said in a statement. “The administration is unfreezing billions of dollars for the Iranian government, which will enhance its bankrolling of terrorism, perpetuate its repression, and fuel its efforts to oppose America and our allies in the region and beyond.”

President Obama on Sunday defended the move to lift sanctions, saying Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal has been “verified,” leading to the need for the United States to make good on its part of the bargain.

“Now that Iran’s actions have been verified, it can begin to receive relief from certain nuclear sanctions and gain access to its own money that had been frozen,” Obama said from the White House.

In the same breath, however, Obama announced that he’s installing new sanctions on Iran in response to a pair of ballistic missile tests conducted by Tehran late last year in defiance of United Nation’s resolutions. The dual moves highlight the sharp distinction the administration is making between Iran’s nuclear program and other actions undertaken by Tehran.

“We remain steadfast in opposing Iran’s destabilizing behavior elsewhere, including its threats against Israel and our Gulf partners, and its support for violent proxies in places like Syria and Yemen,” Obama said. “We still have sanctions on Iran for its violations of human rights, for its support of terrorism, and for its ballistic missile program. And we will continue to enforce these sanctions, vigorously.”

The ballistic missile testing “was a violation of its international obligations,” Obama added. “And as a result, the United States is imposing sanctions on individuals and companies working to advance Iran’s ballistic missile program. And we are going to remain vigilant about it.”

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Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Iran

Lawrence of Arabia

January 03, 2016, 04:11 pm
By Bradford Richardson

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday said Riyadh is severing diplomatic ties with Iran amid tensions between the regional rivals.

Adel al-Jubeir said in a news conference that the Iranian diplomatic mission has been given 48 hours to leave Saudi Arabia, according to multiple reports.

The announcement comes after Iranians stormed a Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday in retaliation for the execution of a prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric.

Most of the 47 prisoners executed on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, a Sunni kingdom, were al Qaeda affiliates accused of taking part in terrorist attacks over the last decade.

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Trump: Iran deal was so bad it’s suspicious


January 02, 2016, 09:05 pm
By Elliot Smilowitz

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the nuclear deal with Iran is so bad, he is close to wondering whether it was done poorly on purpose.

“It’s almost like there has to be something else going on,” he said Saturday night at a rally in Biloxi, Miss. “I don’t think there is, I just don’t think they’re competent.”

Trump said he couldn’t believe the U.S. would agree to a deal with Iran that did not include the return of Americans held prisoner in Iran.

“Who would make that deal?” he asked, suggesting Tehran was celebrating as the agreement was being negotiated.

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Experts expect more provocations from Iran


By Kristina Wong – 12/31/15 12:08 PM EST

Iran’s rocket launch near a U.S. aircraft carrier is likely a sign of things to come, say experts on the regime — especially as Tehran offers concessions under the nuclear deal negotiated earlier this year.

U.S. military officials on Tuesday revealed that Iran had conducted what they called a “highly provocative” live-fire exercise within a mile from a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Although Iran has conducted two other such exercises within the past year or so — one in April and one in October 2014  — a Navy official said this last exercise, which took place on Dec. 26, was unique in that it was conducted “much closer” to U.S. ships than before.

It came one day after the White House celebrated a milestone on the nuclear deal — Iran’s shipping of most of its low-enriched uranium out of the country.

Experts say they expect similar behavior going forward.

They argue that Tehran is seeking to send a message to the U.S., the region and its own citizens that despite the deal, Iran has no intention of working more broadly with the United States.

“Despite the recent agreement on the nuclear situation…I think they’re saying to us, we’re still not going to roll over on anything else,” said Retired Navy Vice Adm. Peter Daly, CEO of the United States Naval Institute.

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Scott Garrett Gets “Told You So” Moment on Iran Nuke Deal ,Calls on President Obama to Address Iran Missile Tests


Dec 8, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05), issued the following statement after Iran violated U.N. security council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles:

“Despite the opposition of the American people and the majority of Congress, President Obama signed a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran. As predicted by myself and my colleagues, we have seen little-to-no change in Iran’s behavior as they continue to break international agreements. Yesterday, we learned that the Iranian regime tested a ballistic missile—the second they’ve tested since the deal was signed. This clearly violates U.N. security council resolutions, including the same U.N. resolution that endorsed the Iran deal. In addition to these tests, a recent IAEA report found that Iran has pursued nuclear weapons as recently as 2009.

“The administration cannot sit idly by as Iran continues to violate international agreements, and I call on them to take these violations seriously. It’s obvious that Iran has ambitions to create nuclear weapons, and therefore the United States should continue the economic sanctions that successfully brought this tyrannical regime to the negotiating table.  The safety and security of the United States and its allies is my top priority, and I will continue to fight to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran.”

In July Garrett said , “As I’ve said since the beginning of these negotiations, any agreement that allows Iran to acquire, build, or proliferate nuclear weapons—now or in the future—is a threat to the United States and its allies. The Iranian regime has done nothing to prove that it has earned the trust or respect of the international community, and therefore should not be rewarded with good faith gestures or sanctions relief.

“With this deal, a timetable is set where Iran can organize, increase military capabilities, raise funds, and prepare for deadlines where they will be able to acquire ballistic weapons and continue their nuclear proliferation. This could create a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize an increasingly volatile region. Congress must ensure the terrorist state of Iran never has a chance to threaten the world with nuclear weapons.”

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Iranian aggression since Obama nuclear deal looms as 2016 headache for Democrats


By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Sunday, October 25, 2015

For any Democrat anxious to see the unpopular Iran nuclear agreement fade from public view between now and November 2016, it’s been a rough couple of weeks.

Headlines about the GOP Senate’s failed battle to stop the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action had all but disappeared when Iran launched an Oct. 11 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Suddenly foes of the deal were back in the news, accusing Iran of breaking the agreement.

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Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report

Iran’s Supreme Leader

By Tim Hume, CNN

Updated 1614 GMT (2314 HKT) October 11, 2015

(CNN)Iran has successfully test-fired a new precision-guided, long-range missile, state-run media reported on Sunday.

The Emad (Pillar) surface-to-surface missile, designed and built by Iranian experts, is the country’s first long-range missile that can be precision-guided until it reaches its target, said Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s defense minister.

“To follow our defense programs, we don’t ask permission from anyone,” he said, according to state-run news agency IRNA.

The new rocket is “capable of scrutinizing the targets and destroying them completely,” IRNA reported.

The Emad would be Tehran’s first precision-guided missile with the range to reach its enemy, Israel.

Israel is bitterly opposed to Iran’s nuclear program, and observers have speculated that it could be prepared to launch pre-emptive strikes on Iranian nuclear sites in an effort to derail their progress.

Dehqan said following the launch that the Emad would greatly increase Iran’s strategic deterrence capability, state media reported.