Iconic comedian Jackie Mason contends that New York City restaurant inspections by the local health department will be more thorough than scrutiny of Iran’s nuclear facilities under the deal negotiated by a team headed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the Obama administration.
Under Article II, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution, international treaties require the approval of at least 67 U.S. Senators. Under a compromise agreed to between the administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, however, the Iran deal will go into effect unless at least two-thirds of the both houses of Congress turn it down. The agreement has already been approved by the United Nations.
Iran is officially designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. State Department.
Virtually all Republicans and many Democrats oppose the Iran nuke deal reached in Vienna on the grounds that its provisions are too weak to prevent the aggressive regime from developing an A-bomb, but it remains to be seen if there are enough votes among Democrats joining with Republicans in Congress to kill it. It also emerged this past week that there are secret side agreements in the nuclear pact that have not been shared with Congress.
The accord, which among other things would lift international sanctions against Iran and fill its coffers with billions of dollars, is opposed by Israel as well as the Arab states in the Gulf who fear Iran’s expansionism. The deal could also unleash a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
During testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lawmakers accused Kerry and his team of being “bamboozled” and “fleeced” by the Iranian government during the negotiations.
Deeming the negotiations “wretched” given all the concessions, Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes claims that “The agreement signed [on July 14] ends the economic-sanctions regime, permits the Iranians to hide much of their nuclear activities, lacks enforcement in case of Iranian deceit, and expires in slightly more than a decade. Two problems particularly stand out: The Iranian path to nuclear weapons has been eased and legitimated; Tehran will receive a ‘signing bonus’ of some $150 billion that greatly increases its abilities to aggress in the Middle East and beyond.”
In an interview to air on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Mason wondered what purpose was served by the drawn-out negotiations when in his view — and the view of many like-minded critics — the U.S. caved in to most to most of the Iranian negotiators’ demands. “This Secretary of State, Kerry, negotiated with them for a year-and-a-half and accomplished nothing. He ought to give us back for all the trips he made. He cost us millions of dollars in airplane fares and he came back with nothing except a bad foot,” said Mason, a long-time Obama foe, according to the Jerusalem Post, in an intimation to Kerry’s bicycle accident.
Alluding to the recent Chattanooga terrorist attack, Mason quipped that “We’re allowing Iran to have a bomb, but we don’t allow a Marine to carry a gun.”
Mason, 84, who trained as a rabbi before embarking on a successful and legendary career as a stand-up comedian, also chided the administration for agreeing to give Iran 24 days advance notice for inspections of its nuclear facilities, thereby giving the regime plenty of time to cheat. “They’ll just hold the bomb in front of us waiting for us to come so they can show it to us. That’s how stupid this negotiation is to us.”
The funnyman also insisted that New York City eateries have more to worry about, and customers less so, than those operating nuclear facilities in Iran.
“Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system. You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them… So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish. We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish.”
Despite the deal reached over the nuclear program, Iran’s ruler has vowed to defy U.S. policies in the region, according to Reuters, in speech that was met with chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
Moreover, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei allegedly sent out a tweet yesterday “that appears to depict President Obama holding a gun to his head,” USA TODAY reported.
US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but.. pic.twitter.com/D4Co7fVuVg
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 25, 2015
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made news today when he joined those opponents of the nuke deal such as Jackie Mason in declaring that Iran is all but guaranteed to get its hands on a nuclear weapon as a result.
In a reference to the Holocaust that resulted in the murder of six million Jews in death camps by the Nazis under Adolf Hitler, Huckabee also declared that the Iran deal will march Israel “to the door of the oven.”
Jackie Mason also recently expressed support for the presidential candidacy of fellow New Yorker Donald Trump. Unlike his lackluster rivals, Trump is a “bombastic powerhouse” and a “colorful, dynamic character,” the comedian asserted.
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