Congressman Zinke Shows His Geopolitical Expertise Once More

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One of the great amusements and frustrations about Congresman Ryan Zinke is that he fashions himself as some kind of geopolitical expert, a belief no doubt nurtured by the right wing media, who uncritically allow the Congressman to say really whatever he wants without review.

Predictably, Congressman Zinke has come out against the proposed Iran deal, telling the Montana Standard through rhetoric that is somewhere between hyperventilating and hyperbolic, that the deal is “perhaps the greatest national security mistake of our time.”

While it seems odd that someone who talks about his military service in Iraq every moment would forget the actual largest national security mistake in recent history, it’s not surprising at all that Mr. Zinke doesn’t even understand the players involved.

He writes in the Standard:

And earlier this year, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, rallied crowds with chants of “Death to America,” and called for the annihilation of Israel. His words are not political rhetoric; they are reality.

Now that would be terrifying. You see, as actual geopolitical experts (not too mention, most adults)  know, Khomeini died in 1989. It was kind of a big deal, since he led the Iranian Revolution and was responsible for the hostage crisis. Maybe Mr. Zinke saw the movie Miracle and might remember that.

Of course, the person real geopolitical experts are negotiating with his Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran, and the one chosen to replace Khomeini 26 years ago.

It’s pretty easy to run around screaming about the threat of a deal you don’t understand, and it’s pretty easy to seriously try to scare people into thinking that Iran will somehow attack Helena with ICBMs, as Mr. Zinke has actually done, but it might be a better starting point to read a book or newspaper about Iran.

Especially one written after, say, 1990. Or maybe he could just check Wikipedia.

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Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

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Thank you for holding Stinky Zinky’s feet to the fire. I only hope enough people are able to realize what a mistake it was to allow him to be elected, and rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Pete Talbot
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Despite the fact that you’re somewhere in the North Atlantic, Don, you beat me to the draw with this piece. I just wanted to add one thing from the Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/08/31/iranians-erase-death-to-america-graffiti-on-wall-of-former-u-s-embassy/

It appears that Iranians are more interested in normalizing relations with the U.S. than Republicans in Congress. Iranians also seem to be less interested in going to war.

Big Swede
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Yeah, Zinkie screwed up his muzzie names but at least he didn’t take any blood money from IAPAC.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/259895/traitor-senators-took-money-iran-lobby-back-iran-daniel-greenfield

Pogie
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Pogie

Thanks for the almost flawless illustration of the idea that no matter how stupid or bigoted someone is, there will be Republican support for him.

Big Swede
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And thanks to you Pog, for making a mountain out of a molehill instead of following the money trail in this buying votes scheme.

Pete Talbot
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If, as you say Swede, you follow the money, you’ll see that AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) influenced PACs have given substantial amounts to all the Republicans and two Democrats in the Senate who are against the treaty.

Big Swede
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Various amounts?

I given some money in the past to my local (D) state senator.

Big Swede
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Two examples of attempts of vote buying, from each party.

“The Iran Lobby had even tried, and failed, to turn Arizona Republican Jeff Flake. Iran Lobby cash had made the White House count on him as the Republican who would flip, but Flake came out against the deal. The Iran Lobby invested a good deal of time and money into Schumer, but that effort also failed.”-above link.

Pete Talbot
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Guess what, Swede, I’m not going go through every Senator’s campaign finance report. But I’ll leave you with this:

Since 1990 (through 2009), the whole of the pro-Israel lobby has given almost $96 million in congressional campaign contributions and funnels a lot of the money through local political action committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.

Big Swede
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I do the work for ya Pete. Council for a Livable World(sounds nice) is Jon 6th largest contributor(Open Secrets).

Avid supporter of the Iran deal, here’s their website. http://livableworld.org

Jon’s pay for play.

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lokywoky

I’m still waiting for you to tell me when Iran or even Persia pre-emptively attacked anybody.

…..still waiting…….

still…….

waiting…….

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