A Democrat Against the Iran Deal

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with his fellow P5+1 foreign ministers at the UN headquarters in Geneva, after the group concluded negotiations about Iran's nuclear program. Nov 24, 2013 (State Department/flickr)

Eliot Engel, Democratic congressman representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester, discusses what he has called the "disappointing" deal with Iran and his concerns that it does not go far enough in removing that country's nuclear capability.


Eliot Engel

Comments [22]

tzirzah from riverdale

oh so reasonabe sounding engel her, yet marching to war and draconian sanctions now... with israel nuclear bombs undiscussed even by brian, astounding

Dec. 10 2013 07:43 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

The Iranian Agreement Is Already Crumbling - Jennifer Rubin, WASH POST

"Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of Kayhan newspaper and voice of the Supreme Leader, bragged to the Wall Street Journal that “if the right to enrich is accepted, which it has been, then everything that we have wanted has been realized.” Oops. The Iranians claim the U.S. version of the deal is not accurate (although it’s not clear whether their complaint is limited to the enrichment issue)."

Nov. 28 2013 06:41 AM
Lari Frank from Forest Hills, NY

Listening to this segment involving Rep. Engel and his views on the deal with Iran made my skin crawl. It was clear to me that despite the fact that Rep. Engel disagrees seriously with the deal he stated that its done, its important to work within the system and verify. Ok, I lack serious trust in Iran's ability to comply also. Hardly a crime.
However, Bryan (I enjoy your show and listen everyday) I was stunned by your implication that he doesn't represent his constituency but the Jews and Israel defenders. Ugh. The loyalty issue. Can a Jew represent a district or his/her loyalty owed to Israel and was JFK loyal to the Pope? Old and very ugly issue.

If I wished to vote solely on the basis of my Jewishness, I would get on a plane, move and do so. To suggest otherwise is unfortunate at the least.

Nov. 27 2013 06:16 PM
marianrita from Bronx

I am a Jewish resident of the Bronx and Mr. Engel was my representative for nearly 25 years, until the recent redistriscting. Having followed his foreign policy positions for decades, I can assure you that, although he may sincerely believe otherwise, he does see the world through the lens of--Is it good for Israel?--or what he and the Israeli right perceive it to be. In the early years of the war against Iraq, Engel was even busily agitating to expand it to Syria and Iran. He is a liberal on domestic issues, but a foreign policy hawk. Brian, I know you questioned him on this as well as you could within the realm of politeness, but you were correct. I fear that he might someday become chair of the foreign policy committee.

Nov. 27 2013 12:32 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Any Jew who considers themselves to be "anti-Zionist" should try living in fellow "anti-Zionist" Hamass controlled Gaza.

Let's see whether Hamass will embrace fellow "anti-Zionist" Jews like Neteuri Karta cultists.

Nov. 27 2013 11:58 AM

Mr Engel, demanding that Iran submit to U.N. resolutions, claims that he is acting on behalf of America not Israel.

The falseness of his claim that his concern is for America not Israel is obvious in light of his refusal to work to require Israel to submit to the several crucial U.N resolutions that it has been flouting for several decades, thereby causing enormous worldwide hostility and grave harm to America

Unsurprisingly Mr Lehrer didn’t press this inconvenient-to-Israel truth.

Nov. 27 2013 11:30 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


“Iranian FM Blasts White House for Trying to Misrepresent Geneva Agreement”

“TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the White House for attempting to misrepresent the Geneva agreement between Tehran and the world powers last week by releasing a fact sheet alleged to be the text of the nuclear deal.”

Nov. 27 2013 11:25 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

“Iran Strongly Rejects Text of Geneva Agreement Released by White House”

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday.

Nov. 27 2013 11:21 AM
Miriam from Queens

Cong. Engel has given a reasonable summary of his views on this phase of negotiations with Iran. His justified concerns are justified are shared by many Americans. Brian, your implication that Cong. Engel's views are a primarily a reflection of his support for Israel is inappropriate.

Nov. 27 2013 11:21 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

“Iran, North Korea Secretly Developing New Long-Range Rocket Booster for ICBMs - Iranian missile group delegation visited Pyongyang as Geneva nuclear talks were underway”

Nov. 27 2013 11:12 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Hezbollah were in Cuba, firing rockets into Miami, I wonder what the US would do about it. Would it invade Cuba? Would it attack Iran which sponsors Hezbollah? Hmmm.

Nov. 27 2013 11:12 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Iran has actually agreed to dilute its enriched uranium from 20% down to 3.5%. This is a significant step, & I think it merits a reduction--not complete lifting--of sanctions. If they cheat, the sanctions can always be reinstated, & having experienced life with & without sanctions, both Iranian citizens & their gov't. won't want them to come back.

Nov. 27 2013 11:10 AM
DickeyFuller from DC

I'm going to be civil.

But -- I cannot believe what this guy is saying.

Did he take a class with Ted Cruz? He keeps saying, ". . . we just don't know."

He seems cowardly, just like all the politicians during the McCarthy era who were afraid to challenge a communist threat that was never as real as the fear they created.


Nov. 27 2013 11:09 AM
Carlos from Queens

This is just partisan hackery. Eliot Engel depends heavily on the Israel lobby, and is most likely scared $#!tless about getting railroaded in an election.

Nov. 27 2013 11:08 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Maybe Iran will help Cuba get a nuclear program and some missiles as well.

Nov. 27 2013 11:07 AM
Tom from Toronto

Engel is somewhat good at doublespeak.

Nov. 27 2013 11:07 AM
steve from springfield, nj

Perpetual sanctions have worked so well in Cuba? When will the cold war mentality temper and realize that confrontation and isolation frequently alienate the middle and don't move us forward without resentment, at best.

Nov. 27 2013 11:06 AM


Nov. 27 2013 11:04 AM
rob kimmel

How can he talk about Iran ignoring UN resolutions when Israel has done the same? I think that if the West shifts its strategy away from hostility, we will create the best possible opportunity for an evolution in Iran and the Middle East overall. After all, the US CREATED the situation to begin with, overthrowing a democratically-elected government in Iran and installing an aristocracy, which resulted in the revolution and empowered the paranoid theocracy! Their fear of the West seems fairly well founded, and we have established the ownership of nukes as a credential for states we take seriously (like Israel, with its arsenal of at least 80 warheads, despite pretending it doesn't), so why do we act surprised at the result? So: it seems reasonable to me to think that if we reassure the Iranians we aren't a threat, it will shift power from the mullahs to more reasonable leaders, and greater long-term security for everyone, from the streets of Tehran to Tel Aviv to NYC.

Nov. 27 2013 11:04 AM
Johnathon from New York

They're going to enrich anyway, despite the most crippling sanctions placed pm any country. Does your speaker not recognize this?

Nov. 27 2013 11:01 AM
PJ from Bk

This dudes view is way outside US main stream opinion for obvious reasons. His interests and priorities lie elsewhere. If he wants war then he should head to Israel,boot up and get on with it. He could get some Palestinians kicked off their land and have a settlement built in his honor while he is at it.

Nov. 27 2013 10:56 AM

The State of Israel and, certainly, its most intransigent, militant supporters are perhaps the greatest threat to the Jewish People.

Zionism is actually a grave violation of the Torah.

Nov. 27 2013 09:47 AM

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