“Tomorrow’s rally is important, because next week Congress returns to Washington and actual debate on the Iran nuclear agreement begins,” retired Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman told The Algemeiner on Monday.
He was referring to the “Stop Iran Rally,” organized by the same grassroots movement that brought 15,000 people to protest the nuclear deal in New York City’s Times Square last month, being held on Tuesday outside the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
“There is little time left for people who oppose this terrible agreement to speak the truth of why it threatens America’s security and the security of our allies in Israel and the Arab world to people in power in Washington,” Lieberman said. “Tomorrow we can directly thank Senator [Chuck] Schumer [D-NY] for his principle and courage in opposing this bad deal and express our disappointment to Senator Gillibrand that she is supporting it, and ask her to reconsider based on information about the secret side deals that has come out since she announced her support. ”
Coincidentally, Gillibrand’s office is located in the same Manhattan building (780 Third Avenue) as that of Schumer, among the few Democrats in Congress who have come out publicly against the deal.
The purpose of the self-described “bipartisan” demonstration is to persuade Gillibrand to change her position on the deal — reached in July between the U.S.-led P5+1 and Iran – when it is put to a vote in Congress no later than September 17.
Lieberman, a former Democrat who became an Independent – and whose 24-year congressional career was marked by his ability to “cross the aisle” and work with members outside of his party — will be heading Tuesday’s rally, together with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). There, the two will deliver a joint foreign policy speech.
Lieberman was just named chairman of United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI), a nonprofit advocacy organization that opposes the nuclear deal. Other recent manpower changes at UANI include the replacement of its current president, Dr. Gary Samore, who favors the deal but will remain on the group’s advisory boar