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Why An “Aye” Vote is the Wrong Vote for the Iran Deal

In Articles on September 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm
Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

There are options other than war and a bad deal in the fight to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon

by Lenny McAllister

When Mike Doyle, Keith Rothfus and others reconvene on Capitol Hill, America will face another historic moment, one that determines our role as a force for good and a protector of peace for our nation and our allies.

Right now, Iran has the resources and the know-how to produce several nuclear weapons. Setbacks originating from the Stuxnet virus 5 years ago and fairly recent assurances from the Obama Administration that Iran was not readily “breakout-capable” have not deterred Iran. Neither have strong international sanctions, as Iran has been capable of maintaining nuclear progress including covert operations at Fordow while enduring hits to its economy.

America and our allies share a primary goal that must not be overlooked in the quest to secure any deal in lieu of a good deal. We must prevent Iran from destabilizing the Middle East and beyond with its support of terrorism throughout the region and its long-standing, hate-filled opposition to Israel and America.

Any agreement that focuses on checking off one box of an agenda without securing the overall mission fails us and our friends around the world.

Feedback on this proposed agreement has united “strange bedfellows” in a manner that few issues have. Israeli leaders – fresh off of a competitive and turbulent election – have come together in opposition to this deal. Saudi leaders have denounced it, leading to concerns that nuclear proliferation in the region may emerge. Democratic leaders in the US Senate, including former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez and potential minority leader Chuck Schumer, both oppose the deal along with their Republican colleagues, leaving President Obama scrambling to find the votes to finalize the agreement.

Looking at assumptions made in the deal, it is not hard to see why it is a tough sell. Terms include a commitment from Iran to not develop nor acquire a nuclear weapon. On its face, this sounds good, but the term comes with the caveat that Iran does not need to disclose its past nuclear activities, including those that occurred at facilities discovered through Western surveillance, not Iranian open disclosure. Another condition supposedly imposes a permanent ban on Iranian development of weapons capabilities. Yet, without knowing the scope of Iranian progress to date, we are left in the dark about where Iran truly is with weaponization and, thus, left in the shadows of uncertainty. With roughly $140 billion – over 20 times the annual budget of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – available immediately if the agreement is confirmed, more uncertainty for America and our allies in the region is not a position we should advance.

Mr. Doyle and other supporters state that the agreement will block paths to enrichment for weapons use. However, the deal does not keep the Iranians from procuring the necessary know-how to produce advanced centrifuges, thus allowing for future enrichment. This allows Iran to be able to move forward in developing technology required to eventually reach breakout status.

Supporters of the deal lean on Iran’s pledge to aid monitoring and inspection of its facilities. It was often repeated that we would have “24/7 access” to ensure compliance. Yet, we now know that access can be delayed for weeks under this deal, allowing Iran to continue to keep key components of their nuclear advancement off-radar, just as they did with Fordow. Former IAEA Deputy Director-General Olli Heinonen stated that this loophole is a “recipe for cheating … (considering so) … much of this equipment is very easy to move.”

This, coupled with technical know-how, creates a recipe for disaster.

Further, both sides of the deal are at odds over how “openness” and “access” are defined by the deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan have said that Iran has the right to deny access to military sites for nuclear inspection as part of the agreement. Delayed access to nuclear facilities coupled with lack of access to military sites yield a problematic duo for upholding the tenets of this proposed deal.

Even the promise of “snapback sanctions” are interpreted vastly differently by the two sides. Zarif has already stated that the flood of foreign companies into Iran after this deal is finalized will nullify the impact of any future sanctions. Countries such as China and Russia – nations that have been aggressive militarily in their own regions recently – have already lined up deals with the Iranians, including projects related to nuclear energy. “Snapback sanctions” would likely yield sagging results.

Senator Menendez noted that the deal is based on hope, not verification. Both Mr. Rothfus and he are right to oppose this deal . Mr. Doyle is wrong to support it. Iran has escalated tensions with us since 1979. They remain hostile to our nation and our allies. Congressional failure to enact further sanctions earlier and the promotion of this unsettling deal currently put us in a compromised position. We have seen this repeatedly with the Obama Administration, with foreign policy missteps with ISIS, Libya, and Yemen. Obama’s implicit belief that the only alternative to this deal is war lacks nuanced negotiating or foreign affairs foresight, as we experienced in 2011 with Iraq. Just recently, the Administration incorrectly calculated the amount of Iranian centrifuges at hundreds, not thousands. Continuing down this path would be wrong for our allies, wrong in the fight against global terrorism, and wrong for the prospect of long-term peace. Bad deals do not keep bad men from committing bad acts. We are not in a position to allow bad agreements with bad men a chance to work some good. We ended that costly lesson 70 years ago in 1945. We must not re-learn that lesson now.

Lenny McAllister, a former RNC operative under Chairman Michael Steele, is a Republican strategist and talk show host on PCNC and Newsradio 1020 KDKA.

Mr. Doyle’s position for the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

Mr. Rothfus’ position against the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

Lenny McAllister Talks Donald Trump and Immigration (AJAM: Aug 26 2015)

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media before heading over the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015.  (REUTERS/Jim Young)

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the media before heading over the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

NEW YORK CITY / PITTSBURGH (August 26, 2015) – Republican strategist Lenny McAllister talks with Al Jazeera America’s John Seigenthaler about the latest with Donald Trump, the immigration debate, and the 2016 GOP White House race during this segment.

To view the segment, click on the picture above or click HERE

What is The Long-Term Impact of #BlackLivesMatter?

In Audio, Lenny for Congress, Video on August 3, 2015 at 11:26 am
Is #BlackLivesMatter a hashtag-driven moment like Occupy Wall Street or a movement similar to the 1960s? The Get To The Point Panel debates this on PCNC.

Is #BlackLivesMatter a hashtag-driven moment like Occupy Wall Street or a movement similar to the 1960s? The Get To The Point Panel debates this on PCNC.

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) – Lenny McAllister (Host, NightTalk: Get To The Point (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)) and his “Get To The Point” Panel discuss the long-term impact of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, probing whether or not the movement is the 21st century civil rights movement that many believe that it is. McAllister is joined by Leon Ford, Jr (www.LeonFordSpeaks.com), Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh (author, “No Way Out”), and Nation of Islam’s Minister Victor Muhammad (Mosque #22, Pittsburgh) as they analyze the movement, the impact that #BlackLivesMatter has had on the national stage over the past few years, and what the next steps should be for African-American activists rallying around this hashtag slogan.

Catch this discussion from the July 31 edition of “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states.

 

How Far Does #BlackLivesMatter Go? How Far Should It Go?

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am
"Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say - the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

“Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say – the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) –Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister (Host, NightTalk: Get To The Point (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)) asks how far should the #BlackLivesMatter sentiment extend for the sake of improving the conditions African-Americans face in the United States in 2015. He uses this “Starting Point” commentary at the beginning of the show to challenge the audience and the GTTP (Get To The Point) Panel on how the activist-led movement is going in the days ahead and how widespread this hashtag-driven agenda will extend as a movement in the coming months and years ahead for equality for Blacks in America.
Catch this “Starting Point” commentary from the July 31 edition of “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

Why GOP Leaders Fear Damage To Party’s Image (HuffPost Live July 10, 2015)

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 9:14 am
What should the RNC and GOP organizations do to prevent candidates like Donald Trump from damaging the GOP brand?

What should the RNC and GOP organizations do to prevent candidates like Donald Trump from damaging the GOP brand?

NEW YORK CITY (July 10, 2015) – (Courtesy Huffington Post / HuffPost Live) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has received backlash for his offensive anti-immigration rhetoric. Reports suggest that party leaders have since urged Trump to tone it down. Is he a threat to the GOP’s image? We break it down.

Host: Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill)

Guests:

Reed Galen @reedgalen (Park City, UT)Republican Political Consultant; Editor, Newconservative.us

Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Pittsburgh, PA)Republican Strategist and Former Congressional Candidate; TV Host, ‘NightTalk: Get To The Point’; Radio Host, ‘The Lenny McAllister Show’

Catch the nationally-broadcast segment by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Christie’s In, Along with A Dozen Others (June 30, 2015) (CTV: Canada)

In Audio, Video on August 2, 2015 at 8:12 pm
Political commentator and former RNC consultant Lenny McAllister discusses Chris Christie's bid for the 2016 White House during this segment on Canada's CTV.

Political commentator and former RNC consultant Lenny McAllister discusses Chris Christie’s bid for the 2016 White House during this segment on Canada’s CTV.

TORONTO (June 30, 2015) – Political commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “The Lenny McAllister Show” on Newsradio 1020 KDKA) talks about the entry of New Jersey governor Chris Christie into the 2016 White House race on this segment on CTV, broadcast nationally throughout Canada.

Catch the segment by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Charleston, Racism, and America in 2015: A Regression in Time?

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

The shooting of Walter Scott, a falsified police report, and a recorded incident that switched a conclusion from “justified homicide” to “murder” only highlights the concerns many Americans have with the state of policing in America today.

PITTSBURGH (June 19, 2015) – Political commentator and social activist Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on PCNC and “The Lenny McAllister Show” on Newsradio 1020 KDKA) discusses “America’s Original Sin” and the outlook Americans should take as the nation addresses the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy on this “Starting Point” commentary for the June 19 program.

Check out this segment of the June 19 episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” by by clicking on the picture above or on this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

Do the June Economic Numbers Indicate that the “New Normal” is Here to Stay?

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Political commentator Lenny McAllister discusses the “New Normal” that continues to stick in America as the latest economic numbers are released June, 2015. (Photo courtesy Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (June 5, 2015) – Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point”) talks with the Get To the Point Panel about the employment and economy numbers released at the beginning of June, 2015. The Panel discusses how the economy is recovering and how everyday Americans are making do with the “new normal” after The Great Recession.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

“The Time is Now to Follow Mandela’s Legacy, Not Just Reflect Upon It” (December 9, 2013)

In Articles on December 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm
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“It is a hope for America that the sunset of Mandela’s life can shine a sanitizing light of hope for a new direction in politics, race relations, civic engagement, and society building as we move past the woes of the past decade in America. If a political prisoner can become president, a divided house can stand united together again.”

NEW YORK CITY (December 9, 2013) – “For conservatives, this moment in world history provides an opportunity for us collectively to examine our rhetoric, perspectives, and actions concerning issues of race and discrimination… For far too long…we have stood on the sidelines in addressing the clear disparities between race and demographics regarding economic vitality, academic success, employment stability, and health sustainability…The friendship that grew between America and Mandela…must serve as a lesson learned by conservatives on how and why we must be present in the vigilant fight for justice in all realms…For progressives, this crossroads is another point where the power of leadership and focused patriotism must hold gravitas over the desire to win political optics…(w)inning popularity polls or manufactured debates in Congress does not win…the future moving forward. As long as hyper-partisanship from the left continues the separation of America through its winner-take-all mentality, the legacy of Mandela…is lost upon President Obama and his party leaders.”

 

Conservative commentator and social activist Lenny McAllister gives his take on the lessons America needs to grasp from the legacy of Nelson Mandela in his weekly article on Global Grind (the popular website founded by music mogul Russell Simmons).

 

Read “The Time is Now to Follow Mandela’s Legacy, Not Just Reflect Upon It” on the Global Grind website by clicking the link or clicking the picture above.

 

LISTEN: McAllister Talks Latest in Politics, Civics on “The Marc Steiner Show” (December 2, 2013)

In Audio on December 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm
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Catch Lenny McAllister’s latest appearance on “The Marc Steiner Show” courtesy of WEAA 88.9 FM Baltimore

BALTIMORE / PITTSBURGH / USA (December 2, 2013) (Courtesy WEAA 88.9 FM Baltimore)

We kick-off the week with a national and international news roundup! Our guests are: ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; and Lenny McAllister, author, conservative media personality and public speaker.”

 

Catch this version of “The Marc Steiner Show”on WEAA 88.9 FM by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute” on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.